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Grace Emma Lewis's goal in life was to help people who could not help themselves. From the time she was very young, her Christmas and birthday lists were filled with requests for donations to charities that supported her passions. She also volunteered her time training her fellow Jiu-Jitsu students and loved helping others at every opportunity.  


Grace was a Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, workout, outdoor and animal enthusiast. You could always find Grace at the Jiu-Jitsu studio, boxing gym or regular gym, outside in the woods playing with her dogs, making traps, shooting bows, running, hiking, rucking or whittling. To learn more about Grace in her own words, please visit her blog.

Grace Emma Lewis passed away suddenly on July 20, 2021. Grace was born on March 19, 2003 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a 2021 Indian Hill graduate and a certified EMT and Wilderness First Responder.

Grace was loved and will be missed terribly by her family, her Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and workout families, her dogs, her friends at Camp Sousley and Indian Hill, and everyone she touched along her journey in life.

Grace’s family has established two Exploring with Grace Funds to honor Grace’s goal of helping people and carry on her passions of Jiu-Jitsu and the outdoors. The Exploring With Grace 5K race will support these funds.

The Lewis Family and Gracie Cincinnati have established Exploring with Grace: Grace Lewis Jiu-Jitsu Fund, which will help underprivileged and at risk kids gain access to Jiu-Jitsu. 

The Lewis Family and the Greenacres Foundation have established the Exploring with Grace Fund to provide support for inner city children to attend Greenacres events and summer camp. 

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