The Home Agency Proudly Sponsors Gala Spotlight Story, Grady Simants

Watch Grady's story, first shown at the 2020 Team Jack Gala.
The Home Agency and the Jim & Sharri Baldonado family presenting the $50,000 check to the Team Jack Foundation for research in honor of the Spotlight Story Child, Grady Simants.
The Home Agency and Jim & Sharri Baldonado family at the 2020 Team Jack Foundation Gala.
Jim & Sharri Baldonado with brain cancer fighter, Nick Herringer, after Nick was the victim of a car accident in December 2019.
Jim Baldonado with four of his grandons, Hudson, Axten, Hollis and Carver, at the 2020 Team Jack Gala.

The Home Agency Proudly Sponsors Gala Spotlight Story, Grady Simants

Thursday, March 19, 2020

One of the highlights of the annual Team Jack Gala is the Spotlight Story sponsored by The Home Agency. Last month at the annual event the Foundation honored North Platte native and brain cancer fighter, Grady Simants. Grady is eleven years old and was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in 2015. He underwent surgery and treatment in Omaha and was considered cancer free for almost two years when his cancer returned.

Since March 2019 Grady has been treating in Memphis at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Just prior to the Gala, the Simants learned that Grady's treatment was not working as they had hoped. While they thought St. Jude's was an amazing place and they received excellent care, they longed to be closer to home for treatment. This dream became a reality and was announced at the event that Grady would begin receiving his new treatment regimen at UNMC in Omaha thanks to the collaboration of Dr. Minnie Abromowich and Dr. Jonathan Schwartz. 

During the presentation of Spotlight Story, Sara Ross, Megan Bellamy and Morgan Yardley, the three daughters of Jim & Sharri Baldonado, The Home Agency owners, spoke on behalf of the business and their family. They talked about collectively being blessed with six healthy children, all boys, and how they would do anything for their kids and nephews. "You would travel 42,000 miles, you would take 41 plane rides and eat all the stale peanuts in the world if it meant you could save them.  That is why what my family and all of you are doing here tonight is important.  Your donation and involvement matters," said Sara Ross. 

"You would travel 42,000 miles, you would take 41 plane rides and eat all the stale peanuts in the world if it meant you could save them.  That is why what my family and all of you are doing here tonight is important.  Your donation and involvement matters." -Sara Ross 

The Home Agency has sponsored the Spotlight Story for the past four years and while they present a check to the Team Jack Foundation for research in honor of the Spotlight Child, their support doesn't stop there. Jim & Sharri  truly care about kids and make a point to visit them when they are going through tough times. We are truly blessed to have The Home Agency and the Jim and Sharri Baldonado family as teammates in the fight to end childhood brain cancer.

In addition to being the Spotlight Sponsor Story for the annual Team Jack Gala, The Home Agency and the Baldonado Family are the presenting sponsor for our annual radiothon held each Fall. The 8th Annual Team Jack Radiothon presented by The Home Agency is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2020. Building off of last year's outstanding success, which included donations from preschool pennies and the Gothenburg volleyball team, we are hoping to engage more community/organization support. If your school, business or family would like to join the cause please contact us at info@teamjackfoundation.org. A drop in the bucket has a cumulative effect. 

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