New Jersey Girl Says She Is Cancer-Free One Year After Meeting Pope Francis: 'It's a Christmas Miracle'

Gracie West, who is in remission from Stage 4 neuronblastoma, met the pope during a trip to the vatican in December 2014


A New Jersey pre-teen suffering from a rare form of cancer is now in remission a year after meeting Pope Francis, according to CBS New York.

Gracie West, 12, told CBS New York that she no longer has Stage 4 neuroblastoma.

“This Christmas is going to be the best Christmas ever,” West, of Freehold, New Jersey, said. “It’s a Christmas miracle.”

Last December, West – joined by her brother – traveled to the Vatican to meet Francis as part of a trip organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

During the meeting, the pope embraced West, shook her hand and gave her a blessing.

“Just his healing really helped and his hand of healing I think was just amazing,” she told CBS New York.

While West called being cancer-free an obvious “victory,” she said she still has “lots of treatment ahead to keep it gone.”

She also celebrated her health through the Cookie’s Crumblers Foundation‘s Instagram account. The Cookie’s Crumblers is a group her family created to help other kids with cancer.

In a photo shared on Saturday, West beamed as she held a sign that read “Cancer Free.”

“Best Christmas gift ever,” the foundation captioned the photo.

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Last month two Pennsylvania parents said their 1-year-old daughter Gianna’s inoperable brain tumor shrunk significantly after she was kissed by the pope during the papal parade in Philadelphia.

Joe and Kristen Masciantonio said their daughter was given just weeks to live, but after several rounds of chemotherapy her scans show positive progress. The Masciantonios credit the pope’s kiss for the shrinkage of Gianna’s tumor.

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