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WSU Swimming & Diving Giving Back
Release: Monday 04/22/2017 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State Swimming & Diving programs accepted the challenge to benefit the Amazing Grace Organization in honor of all cancer patients by competing in a swim-run-swim event on the WSU campus.  The event consisted of a 1000-yard swim, a 2.2-mile lake run and a 300-yard snake of the pool.

The Raiders raised nearly $1,000 through donations.  Contributions can still be made by going to this website.

HISTORY OF THE AMAZING GRACE ORGANIZATION

One week after the Illinois High School State Swimming Finals in November 2008, Grace Waller learned that she had a tumor in her femur and, following a biopsy, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer).  At that point, her battles quickly turned from racing in the pool to fighting cancer.

Grace immediately began chemotherapy treatments at Rush Memorial Children's Hospital in Chicago.  After a few months of treatment, she had surgery to remove the tumor, 6 inches of her femur, the surrounding muscle, and her entire knee…immediately followed by surgery to install an artificial femur and knee.  The surgery was a success and for the next 8 months she continued her follow-up chemotherapy treatments at Rush.  Nearly a year following her diagnosis, as a junior in high school, Grace completed her 20th and final round of chemotherapy.  This marked her official return to the pool!

Throughout the process, Grace never gave up on her dream of swimming at the collegiate level.  With dedication and perseverance, she made a full recovery and eventually achieved her goal—becoming an NCAA student-athlete after receiving a scholarship to swim Division I at fellow Horizon League member Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

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