Just wanted to say thank you for those who continue to support and love on us. I prayed and believed we would be so much further along than we are by now....our faith is strong and we will continue to fight. Blessings to each of you this community means so much to us.
Happy New Year! ♥️🎉#goodbye2017 #2018 #wpk #warriorprincessakiara #g5 #ready #expectant #cannnotstop #willnotquit #pressingthrough #youareakeyplayer #goingLivealwaysmakesmenervous 🤣#happyNEWyear Jeremiah Grindrod
Merry Christmas from our family to all of our faithful friends, family, and supporters. We are blessed by your continued love and support. We pray your Christmas was full of blessings and joy. 2017 was a tough year but we are believing that miracles and breakthrough awaits in 2018.
#GIVINGTUESDAY Just wanted to share a quick thank you to everyone who has been so generous over the last 3 years. You have made a difference bigger than you know. We are blessed by so many of you that love selflessly and have helped make the hard places easier to navigate. Be Blessed Friends!
Three years ago today, we left Phoenix on our way to St Jude. We had limited finances, no idea how long we would be gone or what lied ahead at St Jude in Memphis, TN. We had hope and faith that Kiara would be healed and a resolve that our family would stick together no matter what. As the national day of gratitude is upon us...I reflect on so many blessings over the past 3 years. What we didn't see was the community of friends, family, strangers, Dr's, Nurses, administrat...ors, volunteers, and people who soon would become family rallying behind us...raising money, praying big audacious prayers, sending cards and gifts, messages of encouragement and hope....literally lifting us up at every turn. The miraculous is often discarded because it sometimes looks like people doing ordinary things...but God uses people...people who say yes to something outside of themselves that often goes unrecognized or gets little fanfare. Today we say thank you to everyone...everyone who has supported our Warrior Princess and the entire #Grindrod5 the past 3 years. The fight is hard still, but we look back at what has already been conquered and we have faith that each year will bring milestones that you can all celebrate with us. We are a family of fighters...and even though it seems we have been knocked down time and time again- we will continue to get back up and fight, and when we are staggered with the many trials and difficulty that this journey seems to bring...we know that this community continues to be there to lift us up, encourage, and pray. Thank you....thank you for continuing to love us we look forward to celebrating more miracles with each of you. Thank you for all the heavy lifting you have done on our behalf...Be blessed friends there is so much to be grateful for...right now we are grateful for so many of you.
Hey friends....after the last post about Kiara's medication and ongoing expenses I am sharing this link for those that have asked. It sucks honestly- this is the same fundraising page we have used since beginning this journey 3 years ago. Many peaks, many more valleys it seems. I am exhausted...the struggle is a hard place to live and it seems like we are stuck in the mud most days. Everything in me does not want to ask for help...so much has been done for us by so many p...eople, I keep telling myself we should be clear and not need help by now, we have been blessed with more than we deserve....but I'm tired....tired of beating myself up for where we are, tired of comparing myself to those who have conquered more with less. If you feel inclined to help, my gratitude overflows. If not, your prayers and good thoughts are appreciated. I will hold on to the faith that has gotten us through and we will continue to persevere. Thank you for your ongoing love and support, means more than you could ever know.
This is #warriorprincesskiara’s growth hormone. She gets a shot everyday and will until she’s 14 or 15. This is 10 doses (10 days) and it costs $2100...that’s... right 4g’s a month. Initially we qualified for aid to assist with this but that’s expired. I️ share this not for pity, but to explain when it comes to pediatric cancer; treatment may be done but the lifetime of ongoing care and offsetting side effects from treatment can be financially crippling. I️ don’t have the answer to the affordable healthcare conversation in our country but sometimes I️ wonder how families do it...#grindrod5 #warriorprincesskiara #pediatriccancersucks #godalwaysprovides #faithoverfear thankful for team #wpk who is faithful in praying and lifting up our family. #everydaywefight
Sorry for the delay in updating everyone- if I am being honest this transparent journey that we have been sharing with all of you has been difficult because although it’s never been “easy” recently it has been hard…especially because I am an internal processor, and we do often think we should be further along than where we are. We have been blessed by the support this community brings so we want to continue to let you in on the journey so your prayers can continue to bring he...
This video is from 4 yrs ago...I smile as I watch it but it hurts my heart too. We are approaching 3yrs since everything changed....My heart aches for these moments to return for WPK...while we fight to maintain perspective and see the blessings because there are many, it doesn't take away the hurt.
Keren Grindrod and Kiara are currently in Memphis for scans and a check up. Kiara loves returning to St Jude to see her "friends" the place where everyone is ""the place where ...everyone celebrates her, with or without hair, walking or in a wheelchair, not just empathy but acceptance and compassion. No stares just smiles..." r" It is a special place and we pray that we get to celebrate a key milestone of 2yrs cancer free this week. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. What we have learned through this, is that while we have beaten the odds so far and Kiara has played giants, the fight is relentless. This weekend we will be in California for a St Jude fundraiser, one of the things that gives us joy is contributing and assisting in the ways that we can give back...while the contribution seems small sometimes we know that it matters. Helping raise awareness isn't everything, but it is something.
We are putting together some videos and pictures for a couple events (Ronald McDonald House and Camelot Horse Therapy) that we are helping raise money for this fall- and it has been difficult to and joyous at the same time to watch...Kiara has fought so hard...some of the videos that we have held on to for just our family...personal and private but the determination and grit that she has fought with for the past couple years is miraculous. As I am reflecting and remembering moments that I had forgotten..my prayer deep in my bones is for breakthrough for my princess and our family. While I realize the victory I seek beyond the struggle of the past couple years may look differently, the #G5 could use some wins. As always we hold on to HOPE....Hebrews 6:19 a beautiful picture of hope as an anchor, an anchor is outside a ship as a picture revealing that which steadies us, must be something external to us, on which our ever changing emotions can rest and be still...so our Hope here is not the emotion but the object on which it is fixed...and that is what we continue to hold on to...and yet the anchor must be attached to the ship....so this Hope does us no good if we don't grab ahold and attach ourselves....
Thank you for continuing to share in our fight. Your continued prayers, love and support make our gratitude overflow. Blessings!
Sometimes we get glimpses of full healing...this laughter of hers took us back. Adversity has been heavy here lately, we try to combat with joy whenever we can. And Keren Grindrod almost peed her pants...😂😂😂😂
Just wanted to share something positive amongst the chaos we all live in....this is Kiara with her Homebound teacher Miss Diane. We recently moved out of the district line for Kiara’s school so we meet at the Safeway Starbucks 4 mornings/week. She is beyond amazing with her love, patience, and care for Kiara. As many of you know last week our car broke down and Miss Diane had a spare car that she loaned us while we figure out what to do...her boyfriend sent a mechanic to our house to look at our car...in the midst of stressful and frustrating circumstances we continue to be blessed by people who go above and beyond for our family. May we always keep the perspective to see the good to power us through the hard places....
Dear my Warrior Princess Kiara-
Happy Birthday! Today you turn 9, and the reflection and and memories of your beautiful life so far are coming at me lately like waves. Its easy to say that I always knew we would celebrate these birthday’s because I did. I knew from the moment your mom and I discovered that you would be a girl and Jameson tried to negotiate for either a brother or dog instead of a sister. It was a sign that the moment you arrived his heart was yours…you do...
Hey friends- Keren, Kiara, and I are planning on participating in the Vegas Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon this November- it is a St Jude fundraising race (more on that to come) we are looking like crazy to find a suitable chair for me to push Kiara in- her chair is not an option for something like this. Any tips, or insight anyone can give would be appreciated. Thank you!