The Amazing Grace Foundation was established by Yvonne Nagle & Lee Haynes to honor their daughter, Grace Haynes who fought Osteosarcoma – a rare pediatric bone cancer for 22 months. The goal of the foundation is to make a difference in the pediatric cancer world by working to achieve funding for better, less toxic treatments that show significant increases in survivorship. The foundation also strives to relieve financial stresses for families of children fighting cancer as well as partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to bring happiness to those families.
FIGHT with families battling pediatric cancer
When a child is diagnosed with cancer treatments, surgeries and hospital stays are constant and these demands can physically, emotionally and financially exhaust families. In most situations at least one parent will stop working in order to be the primary caregiver (sign consent forms, keep up with lab schedules etc). Even with insurance, costs for families fighting this battle increase quickly adding to the list of daily worries. The Amazing Grace Foundation would like to help families relieve some of the financial stresses involved for families with a child fighting cancer.
Amazing Grace was fortunate to have the Make- A-Wish Foundation grant the wish for her family to visit “paradise” for 8 days. The trip enabled her family to create memories and get away from the troubles of fighting cancer every single day. Grace desperately wanted other children fighting to have a wish granted as well. The average cost of a wish is $6,000. The Amazing Grace Foundation strives to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and fund wishes for children in our area.
FUND research for pediatric cancer
Pediatric cancer gets less than 4% of research funding. The average cost to begin a clinical trial is anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000 which does not include costs to families (travel, medication etc). The chemotherapy treatments Amazing Grace received were over 60 years old with little increase of survivorship. The only changes over the last few decades have been surgery and administration of treatment. For those children lucky enough to survive, there is a high risk of developing health issues which permanently impact quality of life. Clinical trials, research, and awareness are the only hope for an increase in survivorship for those with pediatric cancer. The Amazing Grace Foundation hopes to provide funding towards pediatric cancer research in order to find treatments that work and increase survivorship.
KISS Cancer Goodbye
The Amazing Grace Foundation’s goal is that we will be able to Fight + Fund and eventually Kiss cancer goodbye!