Grace's Story

Name: Grace
Born: September 8, 2008
Heart Condition: Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome

"Grace's Story" - as told by her Mother, Jacyln Doffin

I was first introduced to Becky Hunt in early 2013 as we were busy preparing for our 4th Annual Hope in Grace Family Fun Run. At that time, Cakes From Grace was just becoming a reality and Becky so generously donated 300 of her gourmet cupcakes to our organization. Her delicious cupcakes were well-received at our event and we were able to raise over $700 through cupcake sales alone.

Grace was a beautiful baby girl whose eyes lit up when she smiled. She touched the hearts of everyone who met her. From the moment she was born we all knew there was something very special about her. She was an amazing gift. She taught us all about perseverance, patience, and being happy with what God has given you. We admire her courage, her strength and her ability to keep a smile on her face. We believe that Grace was given to us and taken from us for a reason. Establishing Hope in Grace has been a huge step toward finding meaning in such an unthinkable loss.

It is our desire that Grace's story will continue to have an impact on the lives of others, even after her death. We hope that Grace will never be forgotten. We are thankful for the life lessons she taught us, for the knowledge and expertise of the doctors and nurses who cared for her and for the sweet memories we have of Grace's short life. It is our hope that this organization will help future children and their families find hope and joy in a long, healthy life after being diagnosed with congenital heart disease. It is for these reasons that we established this organization in her memory.

Hope in Grace's goals include supporting pediatric cardiology research, promoting excellence in education in the field of neonatal and pediatric medical care and rewarding exceptional neonatal and pediatric medical care personnel. In the four years since Hope in Grace was established, we have reached toward these goals by raising $75,000 for pediatric cardiology research at the University of Minnesota and to reward pediatric intensive care nurses at Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Having purchased and sampled several of the Cakes From Grace cupcakes donated to Hope in Grace, it was an easy choice to order cakes for my children's birthdays from Cakes From Grace. Our twins Crosby and Amelia turned two in June and we celebrated their birthdays with a Thing 1 & Thing 2 party. The cake was adorable and even more delicious! Grace's triplet siblings turned five in September and they agreed on a "Royal Celebration" theme for their party. They were overjoyed with their royally inspired cookies and cream cake and our guests felt the same considering the cake was gone in a matter of minutes. It was literally the most delicious cake I have ever tasted. We also had the traditional "Gracie" cupcakes in memory of our Grace on her birthday. The Doffin family and Hope in Grace are so grateful for all of Becky's Gracie-inspired masterpieces!

Cakes From Grace will be at Hope In Grace again this year with cupcakes. Please join us on April 26th to help raise funds for this organization. Visit to learn more.