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Alumni Update: Grace Fisher

July 13, 2016

Grace Fisher, ’15 Santa Barbara, CA

Grace Fisher was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, a rare polio-like, paralyzing syndrome that affects the spinal cord. Doctors don’t know why or how she was afflicted. Since Grace’s discharge, she has gotten more into art and back to her primary love, music.

“She gets together with a few friends and plays the keyboard with a mouth-stick, and also started to compose music. Over the past week, she has spent hours using a QuadJoy and software program to compose,” said her mom Deb.

Grace was also referred to the Make a Wish Foundation, a nonprofit that fulfills “wish” experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions. “When they came to visit, her wish was to start her own foundation. She has found joy through art and music despite her limitations and would like to help others find the same thing,” said Deb.

Grace has started a blog to share her adventures, including her most recent trip to Disneyland! If you’d like to view more of how Grace is doing, visit