Gabe was many things: a loving son, a devoted brother, a Star Wars fan, a superhero. He was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer, in April of 2009 at just six years old.
The response from the community was overwhelming. Shirts and wristbands aiming to "Go Green for Gabe" were ubiquitous, a local student wrote a song, and the community rallied around Gabe and his family to help. Gabe fought cancer with courage, humor, and faith, but on August 12, 2010, he returned home to the Lord. As we did throughout his illness, we continue to "Rejoice always, pray continually, [and] give thanks in all circumstances!" (1 Thess. 5 : 16-18.)
Gabe was sweet. He was funny. He was immensely kind. He loved his family beyond words, and was always looking for ways to help them, his parents, and the world at large. That desire to help people was Gabe's gift, and in his memory, we're passing it on to the world.
Gabe's fight against cancer is still available to read on CaringBridge: