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Meet Graceyn Thrailkill, a beautiful, bright little girl who touched my heart the minute I met her last year at Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia. I was there with my teenage daughter, Devyn, participating in a volunteer pizza party. We met so many children from all over the world that night, but Graceyn was special and had an immediate impact on both of us. Her sweet smile and laugh were infectious. She’s become a special part of our lives ever since.

In 2008, Graceyn, then four-years-old, was riding in a car seat in the back of her mom Holly’s mini-van when they were hit head on by a heavy Ford utility truck. Graceyn suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the chest down. Holly also suffered extensive injuries to her abdomen and broke both legs and underwent multiple surgeries and spent a year in a wheelchair. Holly is now a single mom and raising Graceyn and her 12 and 15 year-old sisters along with three-year-old twins.

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June 19, 2014

Hi Graceyn, I hope you are doing well and that HUB's donation helped with the purchase of something to make your life a little easier. Hope to see you again soon. Let me know when you'll be back in Philadelphia. Your friend,

Carolyn Collins