Grace Cromer is a beautiful, healthy and happy young lady with many goals and ambitions. She has already accomplished so much throughout her life and has set out to make a difference in the lives of others. However, there is more to Grace than meets the eye. She was born the only girl of triplets and her two brothers are Austin and Brady. She was also born three months premature and weighed just a little bit over a pound. You can imagine the hardship and undeniable devastation that came along with this news. The doctors told her parents that she would not live and that even if she did get past this incredible hurdle that she would suffer many set backs including possibly never being able to fully communicate or walk.
Grace is now a competitive cheerleader, dancer and very busy young lady who has overcome what many thought was an impossible challenge. During her time as a preemie baby, she spent many months in the NICU at the Greenville Hospital System, which is an affiliate of Children's Miracle Network (CMN). She also spent several years with the PT and OT and the doctors of CMN and Anmed Health.
Grace has truly used this hurdle to make a difference and she has decided to go even further to create her own business called Gracie's Gourmet, which she began in 2009. In 2013 she was named SC Young Entrepreneur of the year by Governor Nikki Haley. In 2015 Pennies 4 Preemies received an award as a YesCarolina Young Entrepreneur of year!
She continues to create hope, awareness and support for other families who are faced with a premature baby and children with special needs with her campaign of "Pennies4Preemies" where she raises funds for medical equipment and other items that insurance does not help with as well as belong support the local Neonatal intensive care unit where she and her brothers were born and also other local hospitals that support these amazing kids!
Pennies 4 Preemies started off as a little "program" in late 2013 by Grace Cromer (then 15 years old). She started going to various businesses and schools collecting change. According to Grace, "after a few months, I felt God really moving in my heart to turn it into a non-profit. I didn't really even know what that would mean... but I know God gave me a big vision for the future and showed me that I could use this to make a difference in the lives of children and families in South Carolina." On August 28th, 2014, Grace received her official letter from The Secretary of State declaring P4P a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Through Pennies4Preemies, Grace looks forward to continuing to change lives and to giving hope to the families of over half a million babies who are born prematurely each year. Thank you so much for your support!!