5-year-old dies at MUSC; Family offers gratitude to community

Allison Griffor (provided)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- In a press release from family spokesperson Richard Douglas, the family of Allison Griffor has announced her passing.

"We are writing this to express our gratitude for all of the love and support for Allison at this time. We want to inform you that our precious little girl has left to be with the Lord.

We wanted to share a little of her light with you all. Allison was an amazing person with silly, fun, bubbly, loving life all around her. With a passion that seems to be unrivaled by any we have ever experienced.

She was a fierce friend. Whenever her friends fell down she would rush to their aid to make sure they're ok. She was a leader and an artist. She would sit for periods and color with the seriousness of a doctor in surgery.

She was an awesome sister to her two brothers and always did everything with them. She would ride Lucas's tricycle around the house playing tag with Aiden and Lucas.

I will forever see her quirky poses and smiles in my mind's eye. Every time I came home from work each day I am always greeted with her huge smile and yelling "Daddy's home" with excitement as she's quickly followed by the boys.

She would give these hugs that you felt in your soul. Just encompassing you in her full love.

We will always remember Allison for the beautiful person that she is. She has went to be with the Lord, but she will forever be the biggest part of all of us.

We are grateful for the five short years the lord has blessed us with. We look forward to being greeted with a hug when finally we are re-united.

Even through this great tragedy the Lord has revealed a positive action in that even as we believe she's going to heaven she is still able to save lives through the gift of her love through (organ) donation.

We always knew she was destined for greatness, we were just picturing a different way. We don't harbor any anger nor revenge regarding this tragedy. We will move forward in the Lord with patience and faith as we hold onto our memories of our great blessing. Thank you for all your love and support.

The Griffor Family."

The family held press conference at 9:30 Friday morning at Waterfront Park. According to Douglas, the location was chosen for a reason. Playing in the sprinklers was one of Allison's favorite activities.

Later on Friday, Charleston County School District released the following statement:

"There are no words to describe the tragic loss of a child. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Allison Griffor. We stand in support of the Drayton Hall Elementary community, and we send our thoughts and prayers to the Griffor family."

School district spokesman Jason Sakran said the shool will have an additional counselor on site and a district crisis team available to facult and students at Drayton Hall.