Gaby, 15 Years Old, Rhabdomyosarcoma
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“Our journey started in August of 2019, when Gaby had to go to the ER because of pain in her pelvis. The doctors discovered lumps and decided it would be best to drain them and put her on antibiotics. Fast forward to February of 2020, Gaby’s entire right leg was swollen and pale. She went to the ER and we stayed for weeks until the doctors did a biopsy and diagnosed her with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma. After the diagnosis she went through surgeries, chemo treatment for almost a year and radiation. She was cleared of cancer in December of 2021. She then did prevention chemo for six months. Gaby lived freely, happily, and out of the hospital until February 2022, her cancer relapsed. She had another surgery and chemo ever since then and luckily it removed all of the cancer. Gaby is now taking prevention chemo pills.” -Claribel, Gaby’s Mom
Being treated during COVID-19 was challenging and isolating. We were thrilled to have 15 year old Gaby and her family with us and the Catawba Riverkeeper at our River Rest Fest Event. Gaby will turn sweet 16 in October and is in 10th grade; however, is currently not attending in person. Gaby loves to play volleyball, fish and going to the beach.
We hope you feel inspired to help us change the world for kids like Gaby by joining our fundraising challenge. Or simply donate. Your donation benefits the ISF Rare & Solid Tumor Program at Levine Children’s, a global program for kids battling rare cancers.