Mary's Story

The Mary Grace Memorial Foundation (MGMF) was founded in the spring of 2005, just months after Mary Grace, a young mother of three children, lost her battle with breast cancer. Mary was diagnosed with the disease on Valentine's Day 2003. Although she fought valiantly, she passed away on January 8, 2005. The MGMF was founded to memorialize Mary and to raise money help to members of her community who are battling any form of cancer. Since then, it has been the Foundation's mission to inspire others like Mary to fight their battle as courageously as she did. 

Since it's founding, the MGMF has assisted nearly 400 families with their fight against cancer by providing financial assistance when it was most needed. With the assistance of many kind and generous donors, we hope to continue our goal of memorializing Mary by raising funds that can be granted back to those in need. The MGMF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Mary's Life:

Mary Grace was born on June 29, 1964, in Massillon, Ohio. She was the second oldest of Dick and Nancy Fritz’s ten children. She attended St. Joan of Arc grade school and Perry High School. She graduated from Owens Technical School with a degree in Ophthalmic Technology. She married Mike Grace on April 25, 1992. The couple had three children, Allison, Timmy and William. 

Mary was extremely active in the Medina community. She was involved at St. Francis Xavier School as room mom as well as in other capacities. She was a stay-at-home mom who was active in her childrens' lives. She was active in Pre-school PTA and participated in various fundraising activities.

Mary Grace was diagnosed with breast cancer on Valentine’s Day 2003. She self-performed a breast exam and found a lump. When doctors performed a biopsy, both the number of lumps found and sizes were concerns. She had a radical mastectomy, 8 rounds of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation. For a brief period, things were on the right track. A party was held to celebrate Mary’s completion of treatments, and to thank all of the people that helped out while she was sick. Life was good and getting better.

In February of 2004, Mary found another lump. A biopsy was done, which confirmed her worst nightmare. The cancer was back. Although she endured another surgery, multiple forms of chemotherapy and a trip to MD Anderson in Houston, TX, it was not meant to be. She lost her battle with breast cancer on January 8, 2005.

The Mary Grace Memorial Foundation was started to continue the generosity that Mary was so passionate about.

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