Pope Francis have always loved kids. Throughout his stay at the Vatican, he has made it part of his life's mission to preserve and strengthen the family and most especially better the lives of children. During his visits to countries like ours, the U.S., and most recently Africa, he has made meeting with family and kids a priority.
Back in 2013, when one teenager asked him what miracle he would perform if at all he could, he answered that he would heal children "because it pains me to see children suffer,” he said.
It would seem that the Pope has done just that. Twelve-year-old Gracie West from Freehold, New Jersey, recently learned that she is already cancer-free--and she claimes that it's because Pope Francis' healing touch.
“This Christmas is going to be the best Christmas ever. It’s a Christmas miracle,” she said in an interview with CBSNewYork. Gracie. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a type of pediatric cancer that targets hinders the growth of nerve cells, dividing them and turning them into tumors that spread throughout the body. The tween, now cancer-free, admits that the Pope’s blessing played a big part in her recovery.
Last December, Gracie traveled to The Vatican sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant her wish: to meet Pope Francis. She was with her brother when she met His Holiness. When they met, he gave her a handshake, a brief embrace, and a blessing from the Holy Father. One year after, the cancer is completely gone from her body.
“Just his healing really helped and his hand of healing was just amazing,” Gracie said. It’s no secret that Gracie had undergone chemotherapy—she has had nine rounds of chemotherapy before she met the Pope, and will still need treatment going forward. However, the uphill battle from a Stage 4 cancer in itself can be considered a miracle.
Gracie has been paying it forward via the Cookie Crumbles Foundation, an organization that her family created to help her and other kids with cancer. According to the foundation’s website, her mantra has always been, "You have no choice but to be strong, but you can choose to be happy and positive." Through its Instagram account, she and her family shares her struggles and with the fatal disease.
Just this year, there have been many reports that he has healed severely ill children by his touch, his kiss, or his blessing. He also supposedly blessed a couple struggling with infertility who since had triplets. Whether or not you believe in miracles, believe in the second chances that has been given to Gracie and other like her.
ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Sources: December 13, 2015. “Cancer In Remission For NJ Girl Who Met Pope Francis While Battling Disease” (cbslocal.com) December 18, 2014. “Cancer patient Gracie West gets wish granted, meets Pope Francis” (cbsnews.com) Cookie Crumbles Foundation website