HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Maggie Hanberry is a charming, even-keeled 16-year-old. If people saw her in person, they would never believe she was battling stage IV colorectal cancer.
Last April, she was diagnosed with the one-in-a-million diagnosis.
When 12-year-old Gracie Deans heard the news, she decided to do something about it. Gracie and Maggie are church buddies at Temple Baptist Church. Gracie chased down Maggie's dad after church the Sunday after Maggie was diagnosed. She told him God told her to give him money from her allowance to help with Maggie's treatments.
That one donation of $40 inspired the Giving Grace Fund. The outpouring of support has been contagious.
"All the prayers and encouragement from people in our church and churches from all over the country…It's just encouraging to know that they're praying for me," Maggie said.
Maggie's mother said she is mustering up all the strength she can.
"If God can take this situation and touch people everywhere, ya know, it makes it worthwhile," she said.
According to the family, if there's one thing people can take away from this story, it is to have faith like a child.
More than 130 individuals have contributed to the fund.
If you're interested in contributing to the Giving Grace Fund, call 601.583.6180 or visit www.PineBeltFoundation.org.