In April of 2018, Grantley’s parents, Leah and Jordan of Fargo, brought him to the doctor for a rash that wasn’t going away. They were told it was an allergic reaction and suggested that he take Benadryl for a few days. By the next morning, the rash had spread over his entire body. Additional tests were done and it was found that his liver and spleen we’re enlarged, causing the doctor to suspect that Grantley had mono. When blood tests showed that his blood counts were extremely low, Grantley was admitted that day for more testing. By the next morning, doctors knew that they were dealing with cancer; AML leukemia to be exact.
Jordan said that throughout treatment, Grantley showed more strength than he had ever met. “With each treatment, Leah and I were scared about the outcome, but Grantley was always brave. When he was at his worst and not even able to get out of bed, we’d ask him how he was doing and his reply never changed. He always said “I’m good,” and to me that shows how strong he really was.”
To know Grantley was to love him. His zest for life was contagious. Little Man loved wrestling and showing off his new moves. He also loved the Vikings, making his favorite meal of noodles and cheese with corn on top with his mom, and spending “Bro Days” with his dad, which consisted of going to the gym then heading to IHOP for breakfast.
Grantley made friends easily. His best friend, Harper, said “Grantley was a nice, awesome, and caring friend.” He had many friends and loved school, especially math. The world was a brighter place with Grantley around to make you laugh.
After a brief remission, Grantley’s cancer returned. On February 6th of this year, heaven celebrated when Grantley came home at the age of seven. His family misses him immensely. Jordan said, “We miss so many things about Grantley; mostly his sassy attitude and his voice. He touched so many lives in a short amount of time. He loved having the chance to be a coach/captain for the Minot Minotauros and a coach for the Sheyenne Mustang wrestling and basketball teams. He also received the opportunity to design the Sanford Children’s Hospital jersey for the Fargo Force and he received the medal of Honor from the West Fargo PD.”