TO RESTORE HOPE TO FAMILIES AFTER THE DEATH OF A CHILD BY BUILDING COMMUNITY & FOSTERING PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL & SPIRITUAL WELL BEING.
To be the leading advocate for bereaved families & to implement sustainable programs that improve the overall wellbeing of families surviving the death of a child.
Our lives forever changed the day that our Grayson Na’auali’inamakakilo Gouveia was born. Becoming first-time parents was overwhelming as we had never felt so much responsibility, delight & immense love. Grayson made us laugh, beam with pride, and we were moved by his loving heart and genuine concern for others. Grayson made us a family, we just never thought tragedy would become our story.
Grayson was barely 5 when we found ourselves in the Emergency room listening to a Doctor explain that a CAT scan had revealed that Grayson had a brain tumor. When the pathology returned a month later, it was Glioblastoma, the most aggressive brain cancer, rare in children. There was no treatment known to work, and we were told to focus on his quality of life. It seemed all hope was lost, and we could not see how we could survive without him. Regardless, we pushed forward desperate for a miracle.
We did it all, multiple brain surgeries, enrolled in the latest research protocol, chemotherapy complimented with natural medicine, and prayed with all of our hearts for a miracle cure. Grayson led us with his brave heart and encouraged us with his deep wisdom. As we apologized in hopelessness over his heart-breaking situation, Grayson faithfully replied: “Sometimes you can’t help the things you have to go through.” How this child understood selflessness was amazing. It stopped me in my tracks because he was right.
Grayson died on January 22, 2016, in our home, surrounded by great Love. We prayed for his miracle cure, but the love we shared and his presence in our lives was the beautiful miracle all along. Grayson continues to inspire us daily to live with Love at the forefront. He sends affirmations of heaven in the shape of hearts every day, telling us to keep going. We could not have survived without God’s Grace and our community’s love.
Let Grace In is Grayson’s legacy of love. As his parents, we are committed to honoring his example of truly living by supporting other families who are hurting, embracing them with Grayson’s love and encouragement to RESTORE HOPE.
We know we can’t do it alone and have experienced how much love is out there. Supporting us in loving others makes a statement about who you are, how you feel and what you believe in.
Gabby and Ka'eo