National GRACE Foundation

 

National GRACE Foundation

P.O. Box 631

East Greenwich RI 02818


401-793-6337

agallonio@graceamerica.org



 


Grace was 20 days past her 1st birthday when she was diagnosed with a SacroCoccygeal Teratoma Tumor. Due to complications from the tumor, Grace contracted a near deadly infection that required surgery and one month of being in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence RI.  For four weeks, Grace was sedated and on ventilation as her body fought to overcome the affects of this infection.  Grace and her family received such wonderful care from the doctors and nurses that it forever changed their lives. 

The support we received from friends and family along with the wonderful treatment Grace received from the caregivers at Hasbro Children's Hospital made us want to give back.  I know how difficult it was for Michelle and I to maintain the day to day acts of our lives while Grace was going through her ordeal.  It was then that I decided that I want to help
high school students and their families who are preparing to head off to college but are dealing with issues related to cancer. 

I have over 17 years of experience in admissions, financial aid and academic advising at top colleges and universities in the country.  I understand how the college admission and financial aid process can be very confusing, intimidating and down right frustrating.  Families pay upwards of $4,000 to private counselors to help navigate through the college admissions/financial aid maze.  I know first hand all of the out of pocket expenses that families incur while their children are being treated, and spending thousands of dollars on these services is out of the question for many families.  That's where the  National GRACE Foundation comes in. 


GRACE stands for Growing, Recovering and Achieving a College Education.  I, along with colleagues from America's top universities, will provide these services FREE OF CHARGE to college bound students and their families who are dealing with cancer.  I invite you to explore our site and contact us with any questions or to set up a time to speak. 


Anthony Gallonio

agallonio@graceamerica.org