Meet Grace Utter
A rare autoimmune disease (FSGS, Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis) began attacking Grace’s kidneys at the age of 2. When she was 7, Grace received a kidney transplant, but the disease quickly began attacking the new kidneys as well. Grace continued to grow up going through dialysis treatments daily, she even learned how to do her treatments on her own.
In 2018, Grace and her mom moved to Boston while the rest of their family stayed behind on their farm in NY, to go through treatments to prepare her body to be put back on the donor list. But because of so many unforeseen complications, she was not been able to put on the list to receive a kidney for months.
But, in July 2019, she received another kidney transplant which has been successful. Her life has changed dramatically since then. She has started a new job, applied, and accepted, to her dream college and so much more.
Since the beginning, the Ronald McDonald House has been a lifeline for Grace and her family. They have provided financial and emotional support. They care about everyone immensely, and really are a home away from home.
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