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Pass the Cash - December 18, 2013: Stranger reaches out to family of 9-year-old

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Natalie Grace Natalie Grace
Natalie Grace's eye had to be removed a result of retinal blastoma. Natalie Grace's eye had to be removed a result of retinal blastoma.
Natalie Grace's class surprised her after her surgery by wearing eye patches. Natalie Grace's class surprised her after her surgery by wearing eye patches.
Rebecca Chrisman Rebecca Chrisman
Natalie Grace's father Natalie Grace's father

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Exactly one week before Christmas as we Pass the Cash we are blessed with a reminder this year that the best gifts can't be placed in a box and wrapped. 

An email nomination was sent to us from someone who knew the story and circumstances of 9-year-old Natalie Grace, but did not know her or her family. The person only knew enough to send us to them.

We went to Natalie Grace's school and asked teacher Rebecca Chrisman if she knew who sent us the nomination. She didn't, but she did know a lot about Natalie.

"Natalie has had retinal blastoma since she has been 9-months-old. She's gone through chemotherapy. She's had a lot of treatments and things," Chrisman said.

Natalie Grace has spent almost her entire life fighting cancer.

"Recently they decided to remove her eye she was blind in as a result of the retinal blastoma," Chrisman said. "She came back and all of the students had surprised her by wearing an eye patch just to make her more comfortable. So she was really surprised about that and she thought that was pretty neat."

A little thought and a little kindness are often more than a great deal of money but a lifetime of hospital bills and the cost of a prosthetic eye every couple of years can add up.  so a little money wouldn't hurt, and a little money ended up  being a lot more money thanks to donations from our community - $1,000 to be exact!

Although the family has not asked for a thing they believes all things are possible, especially when they see Natalie Grace's smile and faith.

"In spite of everything she just wants to play. She wants to be a little girl. She loves Ms. Chrisman. We're very, very thankful," Natalie Grace's father said. "I'm dumb founded right now. I'm usually not at a loss for words. Anyone who knows me, they know I have plenty to say."

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on wave3.com.) You cannot nominate yourself or a family member. 

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