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Girl donates items to cancer patients

Grace Taylor with items collected for patients in the cancer treatment center of Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre. (Photo Provided)

BELPRE — Grace Taylor, 8, of Parkersburg wants to honor her grandfather Jeff Seebaugh by giving gifts to cancer patients.

Taylor, a second-grader at Martin Elementary School, collected several bags of items for cancer patients at Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre. The items were recently delivered to the cancer treatment center patients at the Belpre Medical Campus.

Items in the bags included books, Kodiak pancake mix, John Deere hat and cup, and more, said Sara Taylor, Grace’s mother.

“Grace saw what her granddad went through, his struggles” and wanted to honor him, Sara said. “It hit her hard,” Sara said. “They are close.”

Seebaugh of Parkersburg is battling Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she said.

Grace watched as her grandfather underwent chemotherapy treatments at Strecker Cancer Center.

Grace collected donations for her gift bags for patients. Sara noted that cancer touches the lives of many people.

“I want to help them,” Grace said.

Sara said the patients at the cancer treatment center in Belpre appreciated Grace’s kindness.

Grace enjoyed talking with the patients at the center, her mother said. One of the patients, a Vietnam War veteran, gave Grace a silver dollar he had carried with him for a long time, Sara said.

The nonprofit Grace’s Gang was formed this summer to continue the acts of kindness toward cancer patients, Sara said.

Grace is working on additional projects, including filling more gift bags, for the patients. She wants to deliver Christmas cards to the cancer patients.

Anyone who wants to help Grace with her works of kindness can contact Sara Taylor at 304-615-0872.

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