On Aug 17th 2013 we took him to the pediatrician to have blood work done because he appeared pale and was easily fatigued. I thought he had low iron levels or it was related to a strep throat infection he had approximately one month prior. Gabe’s doctor called that afternoon and stated due to his critically low hemoglobin, hematocrit and white blood cell counts we needed to take him immediately to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
He was admitted for 13 days and after a bone marrow biopsy and four blood transfusions we were told he has ALL ( acute lymphoblastic leukemia ) which is cancer of the blood. His course of treatment includes once per week Chemotherapy injections and multiple spinal taps with chemo injected into a space in his spine as well. His total treatment phase will last three years.
Gabe has been a super hero through everything.
He continues to have a positive attitude and stays strong during every doctor’s appointment. The success rate for overcoming ALL is 95% so we continue to be hopeful. Currently, the chemotherapy is working and Gabe is having a positive response to the treatment.