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									  His Grace Foundation

       Providing Physical,
         Emotional and
   Financial Support for the
     Patients and Families
     on the Bone Marrow
   Transplant Unit (BMTU) of
   Texas Children’s Hospital

     SUMMER 2011                                            “TO BE GRACE IN THE NEED OF THE MOMENT”

                                           Threads of                                           At one time or another we can all look back

                                                                                                and see the “threads of grace” God has
                                                                                                woven through our lives as the years pass.
                                                                                                In the tapestry of life, some stand out in our
                                                                                                minds much more intensely and providentially
                                                                                                than others. This has certainly been true for
                                                                                                His Grace Foundation over the last 14 years.
                                                                                               We have also noted that this has been
                                                               By Val Anderson,
                                                                                               particularly true in the life of Gracie Kiltz,
                                                               HGF Executive Director
                                                                                               the 19 year old Down syndrome daughter
                                                                                               of HGF Founders John and Erin Kiltz. Gracie
                                         has had quite a year! As the continual inspiration for all that HGF does on the Bone Marrow
                                         Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital, we trust that you will enjoy reading about Gracie’s
                                         adventures, beginning with fall of 2010 through May 2011.
                                         As a recent high school graduate who has experienced unexpected joys during her senior year, a
                                         few bumps in the road, and topped it off with a crown—we say, “CONGRATS! GO, GRACIE GIRL! YOU
Gracie on graduation day 2011.
Thanks, too, for letting us share a few of the amazing chapters in your life—a tapestry woven by God “in His time” and meant to be shared
with others. Heaven only knows the ripple effects that continue through your contagious smile, inspiration and sense of humor. And you’ve
convinced us all that you wouldn’t have it any other way! I Love You! —“Auntie Val”

Unexpected Blessings                                by John Kiltz, Gracie’s Father
Let me give you some insight from my heart, which was rocked in a big way recently.
Fifteen years ago this summer, our world was crushed as Gracie had 20 tubes and monitors
attached to her broken body. If God would have tattooed me with a message containing what
happened on the evening of September 17, 2010, I would not have believed it.
A little background...Gracie has never received an invitation to a typical high school birthday
party, she has never been asked to a dance, she has never been asked to a typical high school
sleep over, she has never done 10% of the things a normal teenager has done.
But, unlike most teenagers, her smile and her spirit have created no enemies. She has won over
the masses with no agenda and no ambition. And so it was on that memorable night in a Texas 5A
school with 800 kids in her graduating class that Gracie got her first taste of being a real teenager,
and was voted into homecoming court where she had a chance to be homecoming queen.
I walked her onto the football field that night as her escort. The FFA cheered for their nominee,
the choir cheered for their nominee, the volleyball team cheered for their nominee, etc. But,
when Gracie was announced, over a thousand people in the stands roared with applause and
cheered for her. It was the first “normal” real high school experience she had ever had.            John and Gracie Kiltz at Georgetown
                                                                                                    High School’s Homecoming.
I didn’t know what to expect on Friday night when the Queen would be announced, and, in a
way, I didn’t care because God touched so many people that night with Gracie’s life. If the story of her great senior year experience
ended right there, I would have been satisfied. As I think back to the picture on our buffet with the 20 tubes coming out of her body,
I can only praise the Lord for the joy of her life and the glory it has brought to our Savior.
                                                                                                                (continued on page 2)

                                                                Threads of                                                                                                                                   However, thinking back on that time of crisis, I am reminded of our many friends and family

                                                                                                                                                                                                             members who encouraged us and equipped our family to stand strong. I am especially grate-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ful to my parents; brothers; sister; Gracie’s doctors; and friends who cooked for us, educated
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and took care of our other two children, provided housing for us, brought us coffee during
                                                                                                   continued...                                                                                              our long days in the hospital, and most importantly, never ceased to pray for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             You see the wonderful reality is that these people were “His Grace” to us before His Grace

                                                                                     Homecoming Queen                                                                                                        Foundation existed. On one hand, it was very humbling to be on the receiving end of all that
                                                                                                                                                                                                             they did for our us. But on the other hand, it was a great comfort and empowered us to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                             where we are today. During Gracie’s treatment, I observed a strong support system, but also
                                                                                 By Hillary Anderson, Gracie’s Friend and Caregiver                                                                          saw many families who lost hope and experienced the devastating ripple effects of divorce,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             substance abuse, financial ruin and sometimes emotional breakdown. Crisis has a way of
                                                                BREAKING NEWS...FALL 2010...GRACIE KILTZ CROWNED HOMECOMING QUEEN!
                                                                                                                                                                                                             making or breaking you!

In This Issue...                                                His Grace Foundation’s darling, Gracie Kiltz, was
                                                                honored at Georgetown High School, Georgetown,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presently, there is a patient on the transplant unit who loves Transformers and I couldn’t help
                                                                                                                                                                                                            but be impacted by the allegory this toy provides. You see, this is what we faced along with
Threads of Grace.........................................1      Texas, in mid-September when the student body                                                                                               every patient family on the bone marrow transplant unit…everything about Gracie’s diagnosis
                                                                nominated and crowned her as homecoming                                                        Gracie (center) with Mom and Dad.            was ugly, ominous, destructive and life-altering. During that time I couldn’t imagine anything
2011 HGF Golf Tournament Update...........4
                                                                queen. Her king? A Down syndrome classmate                                                     beautiful coming from her illness, much less her complications. But by the grace that was showered upon us, this monster was transformed
HGF Donor List............................................6     named Jared Friemel.                                                                           into an amazing vehicle of compassion called His Grace Foundation some years later.
His Grace Place Opens Its Doors...................8
                                                                How encouraging to see a generation of high                                                    Gracie’s journey and the compassion our family experienced was the blueprint that was created, allowing His Grace Foundation to take
2011 HGF Holiday Breakfast..........................9
                                                                school students recognize the sweetness and                                                    shape 14 years ago. So, we want to say thank you, thank you, thank you! As we continue to partner together being “grace in the need of
Race for His Grace.................................9            sincerity in a person who can’t show it or put it into                                         the moment” to every patient and family on Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital.
5K Race Benefits HGF...............................10           words. While students were casting their ballots that
                                                                Friday afternoon, nominees for homecoming court                                                Some of you may be wondering how Queen Gracie is doing after her tumble. She’s much better now and never ceases to smile. After
HGF Delivers Christmas Cheer...................11               were requesting that students vote for Jared and                                               the accident, she came to relate more than ever to the old Christmas carol, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” Fortunately,
Volunteer Corner.......................................11       Gracie—two of their special needs classmates.                                                  her Christmas wish was granted and she is now smiling bigger than ever with her two new front teeth!
Love Is in the Air.........................................11
2011 TBTA Golf Tournament.......................12
                                                                Wearing a sparkling silver and grey dress, hot pink
                                                                tights and glittering Converse high-tops, Gracie
                                                                and her dad strolled onto the football field the
                                                                                                                                                               A Providential Thread
                                                                night of September 17th. Seconds later, as Gracie’s                                            By Doug Shiulte, Former BMTU Patient
HGF Board                                                       and Jared’s names were announced as the 2010
                                                                Homecoming Queen and King, the crowd erupted
                                                                                                                       Gracie as Homecoming Queen.             I sat naively unaware at the gravity of the situation and the significance of the
                                                                                                                                                               encounter I was about to have as I received the first of many transfusions for
John Kiltz, President and Founder                               and the stadium shook with excitement. “You could hear it echo—the claps and the
                                                                                                                                                               a life threatening blood disorder. My world had abruptly been turned upside
                                                                hollering and the yelling,” said Charlotte Friemel, Jared’s mother.                            down with the diagnosis of aplastic anemia. Typical high school concerns were
Erin Kiltz, Founder                                                                                                                                            replaced with thoughts of surviving a terminal illness. My peers were no longer
                                                                Simply being nominated to homecoming court was more than enough to please the                  classmates but other patients with leukemia and various hematology disorders.
Jim Coffey, Treasurer & Golf
                                                                Kiltz family, but being crowned as homecoming queen far exceeded any expecta-
  Tournament Chairman                                           tion they had. “When they announced it, it was surreal,” said Erin, Gracie’s mother.           During my first transfusion, my mind was interrupted by a sweet two-year-old
Annessia Coffey                                                                                                                                                leukemia patient with Down syndrome, who made a game of untying my shoe.
                                                                An evening that usually results in a quick 15 minutes of fame turned into a media              Her adorable disposition was a welcome distraction to an otherwise difficult day.
Doug Colvin                                                     frenzy over the next several weeks for the two families. Multiple articles were featured       Her name was Gracie. Nearly sixteen years later, I know that the interruption
Bill Dryden                                                     in The Williamson County Sun and footage was filmed and shown on both local news               was a providential encounter that would set the direction for the rest of my life.
                                                                stations as well as ABC World News.
Charles Leyendecker                                                                                                                                            Gracie and I would cross paths occasionally over the next year while receiving
                                                                The week following Gracie’s crowning, Erin wrote a thank-you letter to the George-             treatments for our illnesses. Each encounter resulted in similar feelings as the first; to Doug Shiulte (far right) and family with Gracie (center).
Steve Scott                                                                                                                                                    put it simply, I enjoyed spending time with Gracie. On my last hospital stay I learned
                                                                town High School student body on Gracie’s behalf, conveying what she believed best
Brenda Short                                                    summed up what Gracie would say if she could. “When my name was announced I                    that Gracie had developed an infection that wreaked havoc on her two-year-old body. She was sent home with little chance of survival.
                                                                felt the magnitude of God’s love for me through the choice that you made in choos-
                                                                ing me as queen.”                                                                              Over the next two years, I recovered from my illness and went on to college. During that time I began to work with individuals with special

HGF Staff                                                       There could be no greater encouragement than to see an entire high school
                                                                                                                                                               needs and thoughts and memories of Gracie flooded my mind. It wasn’t long before I knew that I would pursue a career in this field.
                                                                                                                                                               Some might call this decision a “calling,” but as an eighteen year old I simply knew that I enjoyed it. The decision to pursue a career work-
                                                                                                                                                               ing with the special needs population has evolved into many forms. Most recently it has led my family and I to caring for and living life
Val Anderson, Executive Director and                            recognize the gift that students like Gracie have to give—the gift of a smile that has
                                                                                                                                                               with our sweet friends, the residents at Cornerstone Ranch in McKinney, Texas. This past spring, my world was interrupted by Gracie again.
 Volunteer Coordinator                                          continued to light up the halls of Georgetown High School on a daily basis.
                                                                                                                                                               Nancy Greenwold, the mother of one of our residents, introduced me to Dr. Buck Anderson, a friend of hers and a pastor from College

Contact Us                                                                        Reflections and Realities                                                    Station. Buck and I enjoyed connecting and talking about mutual contacts. Towards the end of our conversation he asked how I began
                                                                                                                                                               working in special needs ministry. I told him my story and what an impact Gracie had on my life. As I spoke I noticed a peculiar look
                                                                                                                                                               wash over Buck’s face, and these words followed: “Doug, I know Gracie. She IS alive. My wife and I have been best friends with her
His Grace Foundation                                               By Erin Kiltz, “Mother of the Queen” (From the HGF 2010 Holiday Breakfast Message)          family for nineteen years.” At that moment, emotions exploded—goose bumps, adrenaline, tears, excitement. For sixteen years I had
P.O. Box 722                                                                                                                                                   thought that Gracie didn’t make it!
                                                                As you can imagine, we continued to enjoy the privilege of Gracie’s accomplishment
Tomball, TX 77377-0722                                          as homecoming queen. But about ten days after her crowning, the queen fell from her            Several weeks ago, we had the reunion of a lifetime when we visited Gracie and her family. I had the opportunity to tell John and Erin
                                                                throne, losing her two front teeth. It was a tough ending to a perfect Thanksgiving weekend.   Kiltz, the impact their daughter had on my life. We visited the Kiltz family at their home in Georgetown, Texas, and on Saturday morning
Phone: 281-620-4511                                                                                                                                            I got to read Gracie’s favorite book to her and Chloe, my oldest daughter. If that is not a picture of grace, I do not know what is.
E-Mail: val@hisgracefoundation.org                              The devastating blow to her head left Gracie knocked out cold in a pool of blood. This         Gracie’s smile and personality is as encouraging as ever. Apparently I am not the only person who thinks this. Last Fall Gracie was voted
                                                                took me reeling back 16 years ago this summer when our world was rocked in every               the homecoming queen of Georgetown High School!
Website: www.hisgracefoundation.org
                                                                way. Although this accident in no way compared to Gracie’s fight against leukemia,
                                                                I experienced many of the same heart-piercing emotions—feelings of being out of                God’s timing of pouring grace in my life through Gracie is providential. The first time as a scared teenager, and most recently as confirmation
His Grace Foundation (HGF) is a 501(c)3                         control, shock of the unexpected, and being placed in that tortuous position as a              of the path in which God is leading our family as we accepted the main House Parent position at Cornerstone Ranch. I am thankful
charitable organization.                                        parent watching my child suffer unbearably.                                                    for the interruption of His Grace in my life.

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donations, golf fees, and BP matching funds. Prizes raffled off included                                                                                                                                     Mark gland and
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hotel stays, airline tickets, and one-of-a-kind art projects created by
BMT patients. Finally, there was the announcement of winning golf                                                                            SILVER SPONSORS
teams for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place low gross.                                                                                           Amegy Bank
                                                                                                                                             DWS Investments
Overall it was another outstanding and successful day from beginning to                                                                      Encore Bank
end. We would like to thank all our generous sponsors, golfers, volunteers,                                                                  Holli Nichols & Shaheen Ladhani
Marianne Lines of Tournaments to a Tee and our patients and families                                                                         Jones Lang LaSalle
who came out, making it a fun and truly memorable event.                                                                                     Klein Eyecare
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                                                                                                                                                                                      SPECIAL THANKS TO...
                                                                                                                                             Carlie Ray of Sunshine                   Abhay Hardikar                       John and Linda Ellena
                                                                                                                                             C & C Memorial                           ADP/Shannon Rubio                    Keith Carlson
                                                                                                                                             Mike & Lisa Csikos                       Alan Leonard                         Larry Alford
                                                                                                                                             Charlie Leyendecker                      Alliant Group                        Leelan Boudreaux
                                                                                                                                             Cypress Creek EMS                        Alysia Wightman                      Mark Eversole
                                                                                                                                             Ernst & Young                            Bill Dryden                          Michael Campbell
                                                                                                                                             Fuller Realty                            Bill Rader / Miller Coors            Nelson Ferries
                                                                                                                                             Live EZ Hoffman Team                     Bray International                   Northgate Country Club
                                                                                                                                             Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP         Brown & Gay / Chris Cotter           Rafik Nassif
                                                                                                                                             Mary Ann Munnerlyn Anderson Foundation   Brown & Gay / Gary Gehbauer          Randy Allums
                                                                                                                                             MJ Partners                              Caitlin Carter                       Randy Pais
                                                                                                    7                                    8   MW Cleaners                              Carrabba’s Italian Grill             Robert & Carol Jennings
                                                                                                                                             Opportune LLP                            Chaise Cheatham                      Samira Valle
                                                                                                                                             Transwestern                             Chloe Carlson                        Scott Allen
                                                                                                                                             TriEagle Energy, LP                      David Jones                          Scott Culberson/LDH Energy
                                                          6                                                                                  US Infrastructure, LP                    Doug Colvin                          Shawn Wharton
                                                                                                                                             Weinstein Spira & Company PC             Ellena Family Trust                  Stephen Cromwell
WHO’S WHO: 1) Buzz Baker (pictured far right) of Network                                                                                     Westside / Northside Lexus               Greg Sharp                           Stephen Thorwegen
Funding, accepting recognition for his generous Eagle                                                                                                                                 Halliburton                          Steve Scott
Sponsorship. 2) First place team sponsored by Shrieve                                                                                        FRIENDS OF HIS GRACE                     Jason Brown                          Synergy Power, Inc / Scott Aulds
                                                                                                                                             Benefit Concepts                         Jerry Jackson                        Toby Everett
Chemical Company. 3) Chais is ready to play! 4) Chloe
                                                                                                                                             Dennis Carlson                           Joe Darensbourg                      Tournaments to a Tee
watching Dad head out to the course. 5) Steve Steeves
                                                                                                                                             Rich & Judi Redilla, grandparents of     Jones Energy /                       Zach Inman
all decked out for the day. 6) Thanks, BP, for such a great
                                                                                                                                               Chloe Carlson                             Mike McConnell                    Vivian Pastor
turnout! 7) Our littlest golfer, Leelan, with mom. 8) Samira                                                                                                                          John Allison                         His Grace Foundation Volunteers
and Leelan put a little color on His Grace Place.
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THANK YOU to our 2010-2011 HGF Donors!                                       SuperStarS                                                                                                       friendS                              (Continued)

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                                         Barbara Baker                                               Jennifer Wilks Foundation                          Matthew & Sandra Gordon            Charles & Millicent Leyendecker   Paul & Joy Posoli                David & Judith Tassell
                                                                                                                                                        Mark & Deborah Grayson             Becky Linsenbardt                 John & Kristi Powitzky           Lory Tauber
                                         Jim & Diane Cutaia                                          John & Janie Peltier                               Great Rug Company                  Lina Linville                     Cheryl Przygocki                 Danny & Carol Taylor
                                         Chris & Jamie Duhon                                         Mike & Becky Pitre                                 Tina Greene                        Charles & Cheryl Listen           Wilma Quinn                      Texas Business Travel Association
                                         George & Mary Josephine Hamman                              Matthew & Jacqueline Solieau                       Donnie and Amy Grigg               John Lohman                       Robin Reamer                     Marla & Jake Teal
                                           Foundation                                                St. Luke’s United Methodist Church                 Guilt Guild - Val Boessling        Marcelino & Maria Lopez           Suhasini Reddy                   Paul Tesch
                                                                                                                                                        John & Kate Guynn                  Martha Lout                       Suzanne Reid                     Texas Children’s Hospital
                                         Holiday Inn Houston Medical Center                          Still Water Foundation                             Paul & Dana Haidusek               Alexandria Lucas                  James Richards                   Texas Mutual
                                         Houston Hilton Westchase                                    Stonelake Capital Partners                         Hall Rader & Associates            Brendan Lynch                     Ashley Riley                     The Bank of River Oaks
                                         Rob & Lisa Neblett                                          Texas Business Travel Asssociation                 Jaime Hamzeh                       Miriam Managan                    Vickie Riley                     The Carter Family and Friends
                                         Network Funding                                             TWSCO                                              Tommy Harrington                   M&M Rent                          Michael Ritacco                  The Hood Family Charitable
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                                                                                                                                                        Linda Hearn                        Mike McConnell                    Mark Romanchock
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                                                                                                                                                        Richard & Donna Hebert             James & Barbara McFadden          Franklin Ross
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                                         Tina Marie Anderson                  Dennis & Christi Carlson            Chris & Amy Duhon                     Henry & Sharon Hoffman             Whitney Moody                     Kirby Sanford                    Roger & Ginamarie Turner
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                                         Steve & Christi Bautsch              Dernay Coley-Torres                 Ernst & Young                         Adam Jackson                       Dorothy O’Brien                   Short Benefit Services, Inc      Kenneth Waldt
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                                         Cammie Beasley                       Douglas Colvin                      EVALEX, LLC                           Stacy Leyendecker Jacob            Catherine Oliver                  Jason & Cathryn Simmons          W.D. Miller, Inc.
                                         Mark & Elisabeth Beausoleil          Robert Combs                        Casey Evans                           John J. Hebert Distributor, Inc.   Diane Olson                       Miranda Simmons                  Mark & Jennifer Weber
                                         Beautique Hair Salon                 Compressor Pump & Engine            Jim & Casey Evans                     Curtis Johnson                     Patti O’Meara                     Bridget Sjolander                Tim Weithman
                                         Jennifer Belcik                      Brandi Contreras                    Lindsey Evans                         David Jones                        One Blue Button                   Gerald & Sheila Skidmore         Thomas Wellman
                                         Abdulla Binmasoud & Jehan Alsabti    Timothy Cordingley                  Martin Evans                          Junior Catholic Daughters of       Palm Energy Partners              Joe & Karen Slack                Kirby West
                                         Deana Blanchard                      Chris Cotter                        Robert & Cora Beth Evans                 The Americas                    P&H Builders Supply, Inc.         John & Eva Slack                 Amanda Williams
                                         Karen Blumentritt                    Kabrina Cox                         Jeanne Ewing                          Dennis & Karen Kaminski            David Paris                       Kristy Smart                     C.D. Williams Jr.
                                         Michael & Valerie Boessling          Patti Cozby                         Melinda Faust                         Larry & Margaret Kelminson         Paschal Enterprises               Charles Smith                    Jamie & Amanda Williams
                                         Stephen & Edvige Borden              Maria Enrica Cruz                   Myron & Vivian Ferguson               Dean & Alana Kennedy               J.D. & C. Patrizi                 Robert & Carol Smith             Jesse Williams
                                         Mark Bowers                          Carrie Culberson                    Catherine Filbin                      Lisa Kennedy                       Allen & Chadisty Pauly            Marty Snider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JW & Kay Williamson
                                         BP Fabric of America                 S.B. & Marguerite Culpepper         Thomas and Shari Fish                 John & Erin Kiltz                  Dianne Peckham                    Steven and Amy Solomon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ralph Wharton
                                         BP Foundation                        Ilene Cutler                        First Mutual National Bank            Robert & Vivienne Kirkland         John Peltier                      Martin & Edith Somarriba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haley Whitehead
                                         Betty Bradshaw                       Cypress Creek EMS                   Chadisty Fleharty                     Patricia Kocan                     Personal Administrators, Inc.     Anne Sontheimer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kirk Whitehouse
                                         Clair Branch                         Paul Damek                          Brian Ford                            Dania Kodeih                       Melanie Persyn                    Ray Sorsby
                                         Bray International                   Joe Darensbourg                                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Carmen Wieting
                                                                                                                  Fosdick Consultants, LLC              Robert and Pamela Krance           Janice Peterson                   Spirit Productions, Inc.
                                         Anne Britt                           Lorine David                        Melanie Frazier                                                                                            James & Lorraine St. Clair       Marc Wink
                                                                                                                                                        Nonie Lambert                      Michael Phillips
                                         D.L & J.C Britt                      Scott David                         Howard & LaConda Fregia               Robert and Jeanne Lang                                               Kirsten Steves                   Carol Wolfe
                                                                                                                                                                                           Philpott Motors
                                         William and Anne Britt               Cloy Davis                          Fuller Realty Advisors, LTD.          N.K. Lasco                         Melanie Pickering                 Stephen Steves                   Rodney and Judy Wong
                                         Margaret Brown                       Howard Davis                        Lee Garner                            Lien Le                            Lloyd & Tami Pierce               Alan & Claudia Stewart           Frances Wood
                                         Michael & Linda Brown                James Lee Davis                     Gary Gehbauer                         L.E. Simmons & Associates, Inc.    Joshua Pipes                      Gregory Stone                    Wyndehaven Terrace Banquet
                                         Rob Brown                            Kevin Davis                         Mark & Renee Gensheimer               Dennis & Michelle Lee              Micheal Pitre                     Peter & Kristen Stubbs              Hall
                                         Gary Bryan                           Cody Day                            Paul & Carrie Glenn                   John & Veronica Levet              Michael & Rebecca Pitre           John & Ann Suman                 Tommy and Anita Yee
                                         Bradley and Debra Bryson             Cody & Tara Day                     Don & Maureen Glentzer                Lawrence & Vicki Levy              Denver and Jillian Plachy         Steve Sumner                     Rochelle Zeno
                                         David Bunker                         Dependable Lease Services, Ltd.     Gary Gonzalez                         Steven & Lisa Levy                 Betty Polk                        Matt Sweetnam                    Sandi Zbranek

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	                                                                                                                                                                                      BRINGING HOPE

              His Grace Place                    A Home Away From Home
                                                                                                                                                                                      HIS GRACE

    It is with great joy that His Grace Foundation announces                                                                                                                         FOUNDATION
    the expansion of services provided to patients and their
    families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas                                                                                                                               HOLIDAY
    Children’s Hospital.
    One of the greatest burdens our patient families face after their
    child’s bone marrow transplant is providing a safe environment for
    healing that is easily accessible to Texas Children’s Hospital. It’s a                                                                                                                Please join us for
    complicated, multi-faceted issue. Often there is the uncertainty                                                                                                                        our annual
    of where to live once discharged, and this is particularly stressful
    for families who have limited options financially. Families also face
                                                                                                                                                                                         Holiday Breakfast
    the challenge of finding housing that offers the high standards of                                                                                                                    to Be Held on
    hygiene necessary for immunosuppressed children. Simply put,                                                                                                                           Wednesday,
    it’s overwhelming and an issue that has not been addressed of-
    ten enough. But, through 14 years of tireless vision casting by our
    Founder Erin Kiltz, much prayer and the tremendous financial sup-
    port of many in 2010-2011—that vision has become a reality.
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    His Grace Place was established in March 2011, and was designed
                                                                                                                                                                                           of Houston.
    to address the complex needs of patients and families following a
    transplant. It can accommodate one family, providing a safe haven
                                                                                                                                                                                         call 281-620-4511
    for their child’s optimal healing. It is our hope that families will find
    comfort, rest and privacy while residing at His Grace Place, as well as
    some relief from the day-to-day stress during their child’s recovery.
    HGF took this first small step, choosing an apartment at The Belmont,
    which offers easy access to Texas Children’s Hospital for clinic visits
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    and possible medical emergencies. The apartment is also conve-
    niently located near stores, restaurants and other amenities that
                                                                                Above: His Grace Place living room and bedroom.
    families may require during their stay in Houston.
    We would like to thank all those who participated in making this vision become a reality. What a joy it was
    to see so many serve in making His Grace Place a cozy, comfortable and beautiful home away from home
    for our families. Special thanks to those who shopped, donated household and furniture items, painted and
    added their gifted touch:
            Erin Kiltz                                                                                                                                                   Join the Half (Marrow)thoners in the 2nd Annual
                                                                                                                                                                         Race for His Grace
            Jamie Duhon
            The Great Rug Company
            Holiday Inn Medical Center                                                                                                                                   LOCATION & COURSE: The course is a single-loop course that begins near Sam Houston Park in
            Larry & Margaret Kelminson                                                                                                                                   Downtown Houston, proceeds through Midtown, along Buffalo Bayou, through Memorial Park to
            Fayrene Scott                                                                                                                                                the West Loop, and returns via Memorial Drive and Allen Parkway to finish at Sam Houston Park.

            Melanie Persyn & Friends                                                                                                                                                               REGISTRATION FEES:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   HALF MARATHON & WHEELCHAIR HALF MARATHON:
            Monica Kubena
                                                                                                                                                                                                   $55 Regular Registration thru August 31
            Sandy Wallace                                                                                                                                                                          $65 LATE REGISTRATION SEPTEMBER 1 THRU OCTOBER 14
            Ana Rizvi                                                                                                                                                                              $75 Walk Up Registration October 20, 21 and 22
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2-PERSON RELAY:
            Carol Wolfe                                                                                                                                                                            $80 Regular Registration thru August 31
            Steven Vandebur                                                                                                                                                                        $90 Late Registration September 1 thru October 14
            Betty Bradshaw                                                                                                                                                                         $100 Walk Up Registration October 20, 21 and 22

            Buck & Val Anderson
                                                                Pictured above is the Sanchez Family, who were the very           Sunday, October 23, 2011                                         NOTE: NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
                                                                first family to stay at His Grace Place.
                                                                                                                                  Wheelchair Race starts at 6:50 a.m.    To register and join the Half (Marrow)thoners, visit www.houstonhalf.com. Click to JOIN an existing
    Stay tuned…We hope to add a second apartment before year’s end. If you have household items and                               Half Marathon & Relay start at 7a.m.   team, and choose Half (Marrow)thoners.
    furniture in good condition that you are interested in donating, please call: 281-620-4511.                                          Register at:                    For more information, contact Chadisty or Becky at raceforhisgrace@gmail.com.
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                                                        5K Race Benefits HGF!                                                              HGF Delivers
                                                        The family of former BMT patient, Alyssa Williams, hosted 5K
                                                        race that raised nearly $10,000 for His Grace Foundation!
                                                                                                                                           Christmas Cheer
                                                        In the fall of 2000, Alyssa Williams’ difficult journey began with the diagnosis
                                                        of a rare genetic disease, Hurler Syndrome. On January 2, 2001, Alyssa,
                                                                                                                                           Year After Year
                                                        18 months old, was admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital for her first bone
                                                        marrow transplant. The ups and downs of being in the hospital with a sick          ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
                                                        child was challenging for our family, not only emotionally, but financially
                                                        as well. Alyssa underwent two more transplants in 2001. Thankfully, the
                                                        third bone marrow transplant was a success.

From Left: Val Anderson, Alyssa Williams, Erin Kiltz,
                                                        During those heart-wrenching months, Erin Kiltz, His Grace Foundation
                                                        Founder, was truly the “grace in the moment” for our family. When times
                                                        were tearful and our hearts were weary, Erin and other volunteers were there
                                                        to provide encouragement and support. I thank God each day for the love
                                                        she and others showed our family. Now ten years later, we decided that it
                                                        is time to help His Grace Foundation monetarily to continue their mission of
                                                        providing “grace in the moment” for many other families like ours.
and Amanda Williams.
                                                    On March 5, 2011, we successfully hosted The Warrior Is The Child 5k/Kids
K in Liberty, Texas. Despite the torrential rainfall, runners/walkers showed up to support a terrific cause. Eighty-nine 5k
participants forged through the water puddles with smiles on their faces. Approximately thirty Kids K participants raced
their hearts out in cold weather. We love and appreciate all the supporters of this event. God Bless!

                                                         —Jamie & Amanda Williams (Alyssa’s parents & 5k/Kids K coordinator)
                                                                          —Jim Bob & Casey Evans (5k/Kid K coordinator)
                                                                                                                                           Special thanks to HGF Volunteer Melanie Persyn, Holy
                                                                                                                                           Cross Catholic Church ACT NOW Youth Group & the Junior
                        Many Thanks Go Out to Our Sponsors...                                                                              Catholic Daughters of the Americas, East Bernard, Texas
                                                                                                                                           for the beautiful handmade blankets that were delivered
                                                             SILVER SPRINTERS                           SPRINTERS                          to all the patients during the Christmas Season 2010.
                                                             Dependable Lease Services                  First Liberty National Bank

                                                                                                        Beausoleil Law Group

                                                             The Branding Iron Grill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Leanne & Eric
                                                                                                        M&M Rent All

                                                                                                                                           Welcome to Our
                                                                                                        Miller’s Food Mart
                                                             BRONZE SPRINTERS                           McFadden Family
                                                             SAMCO Enterprises Inc.                     Evans Farm & Ranch

                                                                                                                                           New Volunteers!                                                   is in
                                                             WWW.SLEVYSURPLUS.COM                       Dr. Joseph Upton
                                                             Compressor Pump & Engine LLC               Ferguson Family
                                                             Wadzeck Family                             Liberty Metal Recycling

                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Air!
                                                             Thomas Family                              TRICO Fishing & Rental Tools
                                                             Heritage Fruit & Vegetable
                                                                                                        JOGGERS                                   Sarah Bolton
                                                             Paper Ranch
                                                             Dransco Inc.
                                                             Shamrock Vacuum Service
                                                                                                        Duvall Family
                                                                                                        Alam Family                               Jason Brown                   Thank
                                                                                                        ROAD I.D.
                                                             Digital Stitches                           John Hebert Distributors                  Maggie Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wishing You
                                                                                                                                                  Angela Byargeon                                     Love & Happiness
                                                                          We would also like to thank Val Anderson and the
                                                                                                                                                  Tamara Collins                                          Always!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jason & Taye
                                                                          His Grace Foundation Web Lady Kim. You both were
                                                                          instrumental in making this work. Thank you!
                                                                                                                                                  Michelle Hosey                                      Above Right: Leanne
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Scott, a patient
                                                                          Finally, thanks to our volunteers: James & Tracy DuBose,                Clifford Torres                                     in 2007, wed Eric
                                                                          Cody & Tara Day, Robert & Vivienne Kirkland, Cody                                                                           Leblanc this May.
                                                                          Abshier, Seth Traywick, Sherry DuBose, The Branding              Volunteer Opportunities!                                   B el ow R i ght: Ja s on
                                                                          Iron Grill, Heritage Fruit, Tommy & Kim McIntosh, Myra           If you are interested in learning more about               Brown, a patient in
                                                                          Birdwell, Misti West, Bobby & Cora Beth Evans, and               volunteer opportunities with His Grace Foundation,         2002, and his bride,
                                                                          Debra Hensinger. We thank you for your dedication                                                                           Taye, in August 2010.
                                                                                                                                           contact Val Anderson at:
                                                                          and support in making this event happen. You are
                                                                                                                                                         Phone: 281-620-4511 or                           Congratulations
                                                                          amazing people!
Balloon send off in honor of all cihldren who have gone through a                                                                              E-mail: val@hisgracegracefoundation.org                    to both couples!
transplant and all who have gone before us.
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His Grace Foundation
P.O. Box 722
Tomball, TX 77377-0722

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                 Be a Match
                 Save a Life!
 YOU could be the perfect match
 that saves the life of a child with
 leukemia, aplastic anemia, or SKIDS.
 There are children who never receive a bone
 marrow transplant because no match is
 found. Please register! A child could be wait-
 ing just for you. For more information, go to:

          www.marrow.org.                         His Grace Foundation News - Summer 2011

        SAVE THE DATE!
  2011 TBTA Annual Charity
      Golf Tournament
     Monday, October 24, 2011
    10:00 AM Registration Opens
         11:00 AM Tee Time
     Sugar Creek Country Club
       420 Sugar Creek Blvd.
      Sugarland, Texas 77478

                                                                     The TBTA 2010 Annual
                                                                Charity Golf Tournament raised
                                                               $37,000 for His Grace Foundation!
                                                      Mark your calendars for the 2011 TBTA Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
                                                      Golf foursomes will sell out quickly so act now! Even if you aren’t a golfer,
                                                             you can participate in the silent auction and join us for dinner.
                                                            Your continued support of His Grace Foundation is appreciated.

                                                                  For more sponsorship opportunities or information,
                                                                 please contact one of the Tournament Chairs below:
                                                                    Chris Martin, - Christopher.J.Martin@ehi.com
                                                                  Rasheen Hartwell - Rasheen.C.Hartwell@ehi.com


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