Kali Grace, from Menoken, will be forever 3 ½ years-old. This sweet girl was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor in February of 2013. After 15 months of treatment, she went to her heavenly home on May 4, 2014.
Cancer changed the Coffey family in many ways. Her parents, Jason and Kristine, couldn’t have Kali around other people due to her compromised immune system. They were often away from their younger daughter, Bailey, when she was an infant due to Kali’s treatment in other cities. Because of this, both Jason and Kristine missed out on milestones for both Kali and Bailey. Missing out on significant parts of both of their daughters’ childhoods and not being able to see Kali’s future is something that is hard and unfair. Kali never got to meet her brother Kole, who was born after Kali passed.
People never forget Kali after they met her. There was something about her was magical. Her smile, her sweet voice, and her love for Minnie Mouse are things that will always be remembered. Kali’s compassion for other kids was also a remarkable trait.
Kristine says that she and Jason miss everything about Kali like the way she would rub her hand on her mom’s face and wipe tears away. They miss the smell of her bald head, often waking up nose-to-nose with her. She had a giggle that was infectious and is greatly missed.
In memory of Kali, her parents created the Kali Grace & Minnie Mouse Toy Drive. The toys that are collected during the months of August through December and distributed between Sanford and CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck. The toy drive kicks off on Kali’s birthday, August 13, and runs through Christmas. They are given to any child 0-18 in the hospital due to surgeries, injuries, or cancer treatment. What a wonderful way to honor their daughter!
The toy drive helps keep Kali’s memory alive and helps Kali’s parents get through the holidays. They remember being in that position, seeing how excited a child was to get a toy and for a moment, forget about being sick. To get involved or donate to the toy drive, please reach out to their Facebook page Kali Grace & Minnie Mouse Toy Drive.