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Saving Gracie

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Organizer: Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen Beneficiary: Gracie Nguyen

Gracie was critically injured on March 12, 2014 when a driver trying to evade police drove into a crowd at SXSW. She is currently in ICU. This fundraiser is to help with her medical expenses.

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  1. Definition of grace (n)

    1. elegance: elegance, beauty, and smoothness of form or movement
    2. politeness: dignified, polite, and decent behavior
    3. generosity of spirit: a capacity to tolerate, accommodate, or forgive people
If you've had the pleasure of meeting Gracie you would immediately love her. She is the definition of Grace from her mannerisms to her work. She is a single mother, talented pastry chef, honor student and all around kind and generous person.

Late Wednesday night-Early Thursday morning, Gracie and her friends were at SXSW when a suspected drunk driver trying to evade police arrest carelessly drove a stolen vehicle through a barricade into the crowd killing 2 and injuring 23 people. Of the 2 dozen injured people, 5 patients in critical condition were all taken to nearby University Medical Center Brackenridge. Gracie suffered fractures to her skull, left leg and right knee. Fortunately, all of her surgeries have gone well and the doctors are very optimistic. Gracie is still in the ICU under close supervision and will be out of work until further notice. Those of us who have ever worked in the restaurant industry know that even after she is released from the hospital, there is no telling when she will be able to work again.  We started this fundraiser to help take care of Gracie's medical bills and hopefully give her family one less thing to worry about during her recovery period. 

We thank you for your consideration and support. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Please share this page.

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07/15/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
Great News!! We just learned that Gracie will be discharged from physical therapy at the end of this month. They said that her range in motion has progressed amazingly since her last surgery. I apologize for the long gap in updates but wanted to give her some space to focus on her recovery.

Other than therapy, Gracie has been catching up on her school work and spending time with Ava, her daughter. She has started baking again from her private studio at home and says that she hopes to be able to return to work sometime next year. Though she has been able to bake at home, standing for a long perod of time is still quite difficult. 

Thank you everyone for following her story. I'll try to post more updates now that she's doing better.
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03/26/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
The main reason that the Houston food industry is such a success is because of the people that drive it. Hard workers that really do care. Thank you to the Ghetto Dinner guys for your support. There will be delicious eats, a silent auction, and bake sale. Sunday April 13 at Big Star Bar. All proceeds will be going to help Gracie. Please come out and have some fun for our friend.

https://www.facebook.com/events/612652938809796/


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03/20/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
For those in the Houston area:

Phoenix on Westheimer is hosting a benefit concert for Gracie this Sunday March 23! Please come and enjoy some great music for a grest cause!!! Feel free to pass on the word as well.

https://m.facebook.com/events/543267115791989
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03/19/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU! Everyone's support and well wishes are helping Gracie and her family through this difficult time. She was moved out of ICU today. She is coherant and was able to have short conversations. There is still one more surgery on her docket before rehabilitation can begin. 

Once again, thank you to everyone one for your continued support as this young mother has a long road ahead of her.
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03/17/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
Thank you to the Houston Press for sharing the news about Gracie. Houston Pastry Chef Injured in SXSW Crash
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03/16/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
We are happy to report that Gracie has made a lot of progress! She has been taken off the ventilators. She was able to open her eyes and even started talking a little bit... Small words and able to recognize names. She is still under close supervision in Intensive Care due to the nature of her head injuries but progress is progress. Please continue to keep our friend in your thoughts. 

Thank you all for the support. Lets keep up the momentum!!
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03/15/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
The Houston Chronicle just recently posted a story about Gracie.
We like to thank Selenia Rios for staying by our friend.

http://m.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-cake-chef-recovering-5321457.php?cmpid=htx
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03/15/2014
by Friends and Family of Gracie Nguyen
For those who have not heard or read about the accident at SXSW, here is a link:

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/breaking-news/2-dead-after-car-crashes-into-sxsw-crowd/nfB5n/
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