Grace Skief was a vibrant and beautiful 11-year-old girl. This energetic young lady spent her time caring for children and animals, and cooking crazy creations. She loved to volunteer every chance she had. One of Gracie’s favorite events each year was the RFM Trivia Night. She was a runner for answer sheets, and she loved to goof off and interact with the players as she passed by each table.
In April of 2015, Gracie was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (Click here to learn more about DIPG). DIPG is a type of cancer that attacks the brain stem. There is no cure, and no useful treatment. In July of 2015, Gracie went home to be with Jesus.
The RFM board of directors has decided to give an annual $500 scholarship to a local high school student who exhibits an interest in volunteering. The Grace Skief Volunteer Memorial Scholarship will be presented with a plaque honoring Grace (courtesy of Budget Signs), and the awardee’s name will be engraved on the plaque hanging in the RFM building. We can think of no better way to honor our beloved volunteer, who made such a difference in so many lives, even in her short time with us.
Gracie was my baby cousin; the youngest of all of us. She always had a mischievous grin, and could brighten up anyone’s day. This scholarship has touched my family in a way we can’t even describe. This is her legacy: her short life was spent helping people, and she will continue to have an impact on lives for long after she’s gone. Thank you for this beautiful gift.
Thank you Budget Signs and Trophies in Wood River designing and giving this gift to the Skief family and RFM. you are a blessing and a friend!