Childhood Cancer Survivor Celebrates Halloween, Raises Money
By: Tim Studebaker
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Over the years, dressing up for Halloween has always brought tremendous amounts of joy and excitement for Grace Carey.
Carey says, "As soon as one Halloween is over, I start planning for the next year."
Carey is a childhood cancer survivor. She was diagnosed at just 5 years old with medulloblastoma, a brain cancer. She found joy through arts and crafts, helping to take her mind off the difficult treatments she was enduring.
Grace’s Mother, Rebekah Ham, says, "It's very lonely having cancer. She was able to use her imagination, and keep herself busy with crafts like making dolls clothes and other art projects."
Now, at 17 years old, her love for crafting continues. This Halloween, she's sewing her own Halloween costume, one of the "Yip Yips" from Sesame Street. Her teacher is dressing up as the other in the pair.
Carey says, "I like putting a lot of thought and creativity into the Halloween costumes that I've had, and I thought it would be a good fun challenge."
Cancer free today, Carey and her mom support childhood cancer research through her St. Baldrick's hero fund, the Grace for Good fund.
Ham says, "We want to give kids like Grace the chance to keep learning new skills like sewing, and keep thriving, and to keep enjoying their favorite holidays."
Visit their website and Facebook page for more information on how to give:
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