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Gabriella, known as Gaby by her family, loves to let her creativity run wild whenever she has her hands on a brush and some paints. She is a 13-year-old girl with a sweet tooth for anything chocolate or jellybeans, and her family loves to spend time together. Since they are so close, they tend to be her number one fans when it comes to sports. When Gaby isn’t battling it out on the volleyball court, she is fighting a very different battle against cancer.
In 2019 Gaby noticed some strange lumps in her lower abdomen. A trip to the doctor’s office gave her some antibiotics, but the lumps remained unchanged. Months later, Gaby’s right leg suddenly became swollen. She was taken to the hospital and had to wait several days before finally receiving a diagnosis: rhabdomyosarcoma. Gaby was told her cancer was high-risk, and although her family was afraid, they had faith that she would get through this.
Gaby underwent weekly chemotherapy appointments followed by a 28-day radiation treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the family’s difficulties now that only one of her parents is allowed to be present during hospital visits. Some treatments span over several days, and during those times Gaby’s siblings are not allowed to see her at all.
In the future, Gaby’s family hopes she will take on the world cancer-free. They want her to attend the college of her choice and to accomplish every dream in her heart. Overall, they just want to watch her grow into the good and happy person she was born to be.
Gaby’s family looks to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) as a source of relief and hope. They feel a weight has been lifted off their shoulders in knowing that ALSF will be there to help them with groceries or bills should they need it. Gaby’s parents say they thank God for organizations like ALSF for being the calm within their storm.
Information provided by Claribel Duval, Gaby’s mom
Updated June 2020
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