Fourth grader Randall Grenadier became the face of courage for students at Grandview this spring. Randall is fighting a rare form of kidney cancer called Wilms Tumor for the second time– a fight which involves rounds of chemotherapy, several weeks missed with her friends at school, and of course, a huge time and financial commitment by Randall’s family.
“We wanted to help our friend,” said classmate Elle Buckley. Elle and several other students hoped to do something for Randall to encourage her and to help her family– that’s how Seeds of Hope began.
Students spent the month of May making bracelets and keychains and practicing for the talent show. With the help of parents Celina Poole and Zoe Greenberg and a donation of over $1,000 worth of flowers from Home Depot, the Seeds of Hope event raised over $12,500. Attendees enjoyed shaved ice from the Kona Ice Truck, purchased the teal bracelets and keychains, and planted flowers in honor of Randall.
Randall and her mother, Debbie, were able to attend the event. “She’s just so brave,” said teacher Donna Leech. “To go through what she does as a child and still be here, having fun with her friends. It’s incredible.”
Not only did she participate in the event, but Randall was also able to attend the talent show given in her honor. Thirty-five
students participated in sixteen acts, including comedy, dance, and music– with Randall in a front-row seat in the standing-room-only Great Room.
“Our experience at the Seeds of Hope event reinforced my belief that together we really do build our future,” said Head of School Jackie Westerfield. “We build it by offering smiles through tears, help when needed, and sharing the joy as it comes.”
Courage was the word of the month for our lower school students– and because of Randall and Seeds of Hope, every single student can tell you exactly what courage means.