Gracie at a different time in her life
Gracie at a different time in her life

This is the continuation of our feature on New Jersey’s very own “miracle,” a child named Gracie West. In our prior feature (read it here), we gave you some background on the story behind this miracle girl. Gracie, as you might recall, was diagnosed at an early age with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Facing some staggering obstacles and a daunting treatment regimen (which included multiple rounds of chemotherapy), the young Gracie fought back. What followed next was a very difficult (and sometimes dark) path. However, Gracie’s will would not let her quit no matter how tough things got. Gracie even, in response to a “wish,” had a personal visit with Pope Francis. More treatments and more successes and failures followed until Gracie eventually fought herself all the way back to health.  The story of Gracie West is indeed a miracle and one that many of us can learn from.

Gracie meets Pope Francis


Today, Gracie is cancer free and we wanted to not only celebrate her life and her health but also learn from this precious little girl. How did she do it? How did she persevere? What helped her get through those dark times? Treehouse

Many of you have asked what happened to Gracie and where is she today now that all the cameras and the feature stories have gone away. We are happy to report that Gracie is a normal–but exceptionally engaging–child who now does what kids are supposed to do. She is typical in that she talks about school, sports, music and pretty much whatever else is on the mind of a teenager. Gone is the syntax that once made Gracie sound like a pre-med student. But don’t be fooled by outward appearances; this young child–albeit innocent and disarming–has been blessed and she is far from the “typical” child; in fact, she’s an exceedingly unique young lady. She faced fear head on and triumphed over it. Despite her age, she is indeed a role model.

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, we are pleased to present our sit down with the one and only Gracie West:

Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor