Update: Sadly, *Grace has passed away…
Today’s child of the day is *Grace. I love *Grace because she reminds me of myself – quiet and reserved. *Grace is a stunning 11-year-old girl who is now a happy, alert girl despite her difficult past. Like *Felicia, Grace was another neglected child on the edge of death when she arrived at SCH. But not any more. *Grace has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability, and such a sweet, gentle personality. Grace is a beautiful gift. She may not be very interactive, but she has a lovely aura about her.
According to a recent volunteer, even though *Grace is non-verbal, she is very expressive of her feelings! Apparently she is not a fan of hair bows. Her smile is rare, but truly a gift when it does appear. Grace has been a little sick again this year, so she recently moved into a family-style apartment with 9 other kids where she can receive more individualised care. She seemed to be happy for the move! *Grace has come so far and continues to go further every day – who knows where this little girl is headed. She is so young and there is much potential for improvement. *Grace receives lots of love and care at SCH, as she should.
From her sponsorship page:
Birth Date: August 2000
Date to SCH: February 2009
Other Details About Me: I have cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability, and epilepsy. When I first came to SCH, I was near death, but now I am a happy, alert child.
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