A family’s worst nightmare came true earlier this month when Louisiana couple Byron and Malie Zaunbrecher noticed something slightly off about their 7-year-old daughter while she was playing gymnastics.
Instead of the couple letting it linger, they immediately went to the doctor for him to perform an MRI. Like most parents, they were hoping the test results would come back clear. But, sadly, to their surprise, Gracie was diagnosed with an “inoperable and incurable” brain tumor.
The news devastated the parents and worry set in about how they were going to pay for all of the medical expenses that their daughter — and family — would soon be faced with.
But the Zaunbrechers’ local community voluntarily stepped up to pray for Gracie and to find creative ways to raise funds for the family in an effort to offset the unexpected expenses they will incur, such as their daughter’s upcoming radiation treatments.
On Saturday, March 18th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the community is holding its first benefit to support the family at the Devillier House Movers. All the monies will go towards Gracie’s bills.
According to the local news station KATC, Gracie was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) which is a rare and aggressive brain tumor.
To educate residents and provide some fun, there will be a live and silent auction as well as crafts, baked goods, jams, jellies, games and face painting at the event.
There’s also a website titled Prayers for Gracie where people can purchase shirts to support Gracie and her family.
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