Local mom says daughter who has been battling cancer just received ‘the birthday present of a lifetime’

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Mara Holmes posted this to FOX 4's Facebook page.

Mara Holmes posted this to FOX 4’s Facebook page.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The mother of a local girl whose battle with cancer FOX 4 has been following, shared some exciting news Thursday.

Mara Holmes shared that her daughter Grace is officially in remission.

“Her nurse and doctor gave us the greatest news EVER yesterday… SHE IS OFFICIALLY IN REMISSION!!!” Mara said in a post on FOX 4’s Facebook page.

Mara said Grace will have to continue with her current round of chemotherapy, which will be done in January and come in regularly for CT scans, but she will be able to celebrate her sixth birth Saturday with the great news in mind.

“Our amazing Gracie did it!” her mother cheered in a note to FOX 4.

Grace Holmes (Image courtesy of E. Carlburg Photography)

Grace Holmes (Image courtesy of E. Carlburg Photography)

According to Mara, Grace was diagnosed with Stage 5 Bilateral Wilms TumorĀ on June 3, which ironoically is her half birthday.

Mara describes the diagnosis as a cancer of the kidneys that metastasized from her right kidney to her left. Mara added that Grace also had a tumor growing in her Inferior Vena Cava artery and nodules in her lungs.

When asked to describe Grace’s process, Mara said:

“She had surgery to install a port in her chest to administer chemotherapy and had two rounds of chemo over the summer. In September, she had surgery to remove her right kidney and part of her left, and they also entered the IVC artery to remove the tumor. Since her surgery, she had eight rounds of radiation and is now on a very intense chemo regiment. As long as things keep going smoothly, she’ll be done with chemo in January and be able to live her normal life again.”