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Friends,

I have an interesting role here at Grace Prep. Beyond investing in our students and families (which is my great privilege and joy) I ask people and companies for money to help advance our mission. A lot of people. Praise be God that he is faithful and continues to provide the monies we need through you and many others.

A part of what I do is get creative in how we “ask.” This is one of the joys of my job even though it often becomes taxing. Yet every now and then something extraordinary comes my way. Maybe it’s the Holy Spirit, maybe it’s love and compassion for neighbor, maybe it’s both, but when it comes it’s often fleeting, so I’ve learned, act and act fast. Over the next week you will learn about Payton’s story and you will see Molly’s heart. Until then enjoy this letter from Grace Prep student Molly Davis.

Chris Harper

Good morning! My name is Molly Davis and if you don’t know me, I am a junior here at Grace Prep. I have been a student here since eighth grade and I’m sure the majority of us would agree that one of the biggest blessings of this school is the sense of community. .

I have met some incredible people in my four years here. Payton Stevens, one of my peers, is one of those people. Payton is a freshman and plays varsity baseball here at Grace. His younger sister Savanna plays volleyball and his parents, Tiffanie (GPA Volleyball Coach) and John, they have become my second mom and dad. On the outside the Stevens seem like a very normal family. However, they are far from normal, I would say they are exceptional. Spectacular even.

You see, Payton is not your average teenage boy. He was diagnosed with a disease called cystic fibrosis when he was only ten months old. I know a lot of you are probably wondering what in the world that is. Cystic fibrosis, or CF for short, is a rare genetic disease that causes recurring lung infections and limits one’s ability to breathe. CF lands Payton in the hospital multiple times a year, often for weeks at a time.

Despite having CF, Payton continues to play baseball and clings to any aspect of “normal teenage life” he possibly can.

However, the main reason I am writing today is actually because when Payton was nine, he was diagnosed with type one diabetes. This means that in order to maintain his insulin at a safe level, his numbers have to be checked multiple times a day, including in the middle of the night. Depending on what his numbers read at 11pm, his mom wakes up to check on him, typically more than one time a night. As you can see, this process is draining. It will become even more difficult when Payton goes to college.

Luckily, there is a solution to this: man’s best friend. A specially trained diabetic service dog.

This dog is specially trained to alert Payton when his diabetic numbers are low, which could save his life and eliminate the need for a 24 hour caretaker.

LEARN ABOUT DIABETIC TRAINED DOGS

In December, I made it my personal mission to help Payton get a diabetes dog, which costs around $35K. So here I am and I need your help.

On Saturday, May 12, right here on the campus of Grace Prep, we are going to have a Dance Marathon. From noon to midnight, we will be here raising money to get Payton the dog he needs and deserves.

The way it’s going to work is that on April 18, one week from today, you’re child will bring home a pledge form. Then you will have two weeks to get as many people to pledge as you can. The goal is to stay on your feet for as long as possible because the longer you are moving, the more money you will raise! For example, let’s say my grandma pledges $10/hour and I dance for 10 hours, $10 x 10 = a C’note from grandma!

The forms will be due on May 2. We’re going to have free t shirts, a live DJ, and lots of food. In the coming weeks you will see videos and lots of info regarding our project. In the mean time, if you have any questions at all, please don’t be afraid to ask either myself, Amy Joy Wilson, Mr. Harper, or Mr. Smith.

A huge thank you for helping me accomplish this goal.

“Let’s get Payton a dog!”

In Christ,
Molly Davis (GPA 2019)

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