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Grace Goblirsch, the eldest daughter of Dr. Greg and Sue Goblirsch, was a student at River High School and a member of the swim team. She graduated in 2011 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College where she was also on the swim team.

Here in Grace's own words on Caring Bridge, is the first sign of a problem.

December 10th was when I first noticed I was really tired and a little sluggish. I didn't really think anything of it, I still went to class and to swim practice. Then finals came around and I woke up with headaches for a few days and my vision was a little hazy. I called up my dad and he said that I should set up an appointment at the Saint Peter Clinic. One of my best friends, McKenna, from the swim team took me to my appointment and she told me she enjoyed being my mom :) The doctor in Saint Peter seemed concerned about my symptoms and wanted me to get an MRI but I didn't end up getting one because I was going to be going home in a few days and my dad wanted me to see the doctors at home.

Dec. 21

I went to a PT session with my Mom to treat what my dad and others thought was vertigo, after my "vertigo" was treated I got nauseated and the physical therapist was concerned and she wanted to get blood work. I wanted to be better so I could go on the training trip with my swim team. Later in the day I went back to the hospital to get my blood drawn for the first time ever! 20 years old and I had never had to, rare I guess.

It was determined that Grace had AML, acute myeloid leukemia or acute myelogenous leukemia, the worst kind and was admitted to hospital December 22nd where she spent most of her time there having lots of test, aggressive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from her sister. Unfortunately the treatments weakened her heart, liver and kidneys and she passed away on August 23, 2013. She was very positive for the whole of her terrible ordeal and is sorely missed by all who knew her.