At age four, Gracie Irish was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
“My husband and I were in complete shock,” says Gracie’s mom, Amy Irish. “We were numb.”
After sharing news of Gracie’s diagnosis, friends of the Irish family recommended they visit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for treatment. Acting on the recommendation, Gracie was airlifted from their hometown hospital to Mott by U-M’s Survival Flight crew.
Amy remembers this first interaction with U-M staff vividly.
“I was sobbing at this moment and a member of the flight crew immediately came over to reassure me,” she says. “He said, ‘don’t worry, she’s going to a great place – my own son was treated at Mott and is now a successful college student.’ It gave me a sense of hope from the very start.”