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Meet Gretchen

DID YOU KNOW the Red Cross Children’s Hospital has its very own Primary School? This special primary school gives all little patients from Grade 1 level the opportunity to do their school work from their hospital beds or in special classrooms based at the Hospital.

Eleven-year-old Gretchen from Mitchell’s Plein is one of the many patients at the Hospital who is benefiting from this valuable facility. Gretchen was sadly diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and has subsequently had to spend most of the rest of her year in the Hospital undergoing chemotherapy.

Gretchen is a top student in grade five and has, with the help of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital primary school, been able to maintain her grades throughout her time in the hospital. For Gretchen’s mom, Tania, education is extremely important and she is overjoyed that Gretchen is able to continue her school work even though she is mostly confined to a hospital bed. “They are helping a lot and I am so happy about this, because school is important.”

The impact that the Hospital school has on Gretchen and many others like her, is phenomenal, as patients are able to continue their school work without falling behind and getting demotivated as a result. For Tania, it is amazing how the Hospital school works together with Gretchen’s primary school to ensure she completes all the necessary work needed for her to pass the school year – something she is looking forward to doing regardless of her not being able to attend St John’s physically again this year.

Gretchen is reacting well to the chemotherapy treatment and looks forward to completing her school year with flying colours.


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  1. Keep up the good work

    Comment by Neville Charles on September 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

  2. Greetings all the way from Vancouver, Canada, Gretchen! I read your story and think you are amazing!!! Way to go. Wishing you good thoughts and many blessings as you finish the school year, Annette

    Comment by Annette Berndt on October 23, 2016 at 5:27 am

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