Suzanne Thomas, Grace's mother, says her daughter is the fourteenth patient diagnosed with Primitive Myxoid Mesenchymal Tumor of Infancy. When she was first diagnosed, Grace was too young for radiation, so the Doctor recommended surgery.
After eight surgeries the cancer kept coming back, so the family started chemotherapy.
Grace's mother says that some of the side effects include loss of hair, weakness of limbs, nausea and fatigue.
Thomas says radiation won't be the end of Auburn's rehabilitation. Even after they beat the cancer, Grace will continue to go through physical therapy to help strengthen her legs.
"She wears braces on her legs due to the numerous amounts of surgery. It left her weak. The tumor was on her spine and it was pressing down for a long time before we discovered what was going on, causing nerve damage to her legs, leaving her paralyzed. She actually just started back walking this year." Thomas said.
The traveling expenses to Jacksonville for Grace's radiation treatment will need to be paid for "out-of-pocket" and the family is asking for the community's support. Contributions can be made on to the family's gofundme account.