In January, Gabby was announced as one of St. Baldrick’s 2019 Ambassadors representing over 300,000 other children who are diagnosed with cancer each year worldwide. Five ambassadors are chosen every year because one in five kids diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. This is the unfortunate reality of cancer and the devastating truth that a lot of families are having to succumb to.
Gabby was in the eighth grade when her life completely changed and she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma back in November of 2017. Her treatment included limb salvage surgery on her left leg to remove a tumor, her knee and six inches of her femur with a total of 18 rounds of intensive chemotherapy. Even though her treatment was completed July 2018 and she is in remission, she still endures a lot of the residual side effects. Gabby is having to undergo continuous physical therapy to learn to walk again and dealing with other unfortunate and permanent late effects, like hearing loss secondary to the chemotherapy she received. She now has to wear hearing aids as a result of it. Even though the treatment portion it self is over, the journey continues. Gabby continues to have scans done every 3 months as her type of cancer has a 50% chance of recurrence over the next 5 years.
Gabby has spent many days at the hospital and the only thing about it that she actually enjoyed were the therapy dogs. All throughout her inpatient hospital days while she would receive her chemo and even now during her physical therapy sessions, she always requests the volunteer hospital dogs to be at her side. Gabby got to design her own pair of socks to raise funds for St. Baldricks and her inspiration came from these therapy dogs that have helped her throughout her journey with cancer. All funds raised will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder for childhood cancer research funds, and used to find better treatment options, funding childhood cancer research and to give the lives of these childhood cancer survivors a better future.
We all have the ability to make a difference and help save a life. Our children are our future, but it starts with us to help make a change and ensure they are able to live a long, righteous life. If you would like to show Gabby your support, as well as so many other children who have been diagnosed with cancer, please purchase a pair of socks and remind them no one walks alone! https://www.resilience.gives/products/gabby-for-st-baldricks?variant