Meet Kid Captain Gracelyn Springer
Praise for the care team
Gracelyn continues to see specialists at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital and receives scans every few months.
“Her doctors have never treated anyone like her,” Kelsey says. “That might shake a parent’s confidence in the hospital, but not ours. They listen to us and her, they respect us and her, they care for our whole family, they advocate for her, they fight for her, they work hard, they are always researching and trying to improve. We have so much to worry about as parents of a child with cancer, but her medical team is not one of them.”
Now 10, Gracelyn is in fifth grade and enjoys painting, crafts, singing, and dance. Thankfully, her cancer is considered to be in remission.
“She’s definitely a creative person,” Kelsey noted. “A cancer diagnosis for your child is a life-shattering event, so we truly appreciate all the members of Gracelyn's team. They all had a unique role that was crucial to her survival. They take the time to answer all my questions and they respect my opinions. We would not trust any other place but Stead with our daughter’s health and future. They saved our child’s life.”