Rhabdomyosarcoma is a disease that only effects 350 people a year in the United States, 3 percent of the 350 are children, boys are slightly more affected then girls. This type of cancer develops from connective tissues in the body, like muscles, fat, bones, the lining of joints, or blood vessels. This is a aggressive cancer that is still being reasearched to find the best way to treat it. The exact causes of RMS are unknown.
Gabriel is a incredible athlete, he plays sports as if he was born to do so. He makes it look effortless and graceful at the same time. Watching him play baseball is a privilege to the eyes witnessing it. He takes life in stride and never gets worked up, or sweats the small stuff. He is the most easy going kid you will ever meet. His piercing blue eyes steal you heart, and his smile fills the darkest room with light. Gabe is a excellent student, and as mentioned before a phenomenal athlete. He plays basketball and football, but his favorite sport to play is baseball. Gabe is a loyal friend and a son any mother would feel blessed to have. Gabe is beyond loved by all who meet him, and can make anyone laugh.
During a pick up basketball game with Gabriel's best friends he took a hard hit to the groin and had to sit out for awhile. Unaware of how serious his injury was, he continued to play sports and just mentioned it was bothering him to his mom Jennifer a few times. About a month later Gabriel was still complaining of pain in his groin, so his mom took him to the family doctor. After the doctor examined Gabriel he sent him straight to the ER, who then sent him to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City Missouri. After a few tests they scheduled an exploratory, biopsy of the injured area. The surgery was scheduled about a week later. Jennifer, and most of the people who knew about the surgery figured it was just fluid or nothing to be concerned about....but after the surgeons entered the area, they immediately knew they were dealing with a very dangerous disease. They removed the tumor and sent it to be tested. Jennifer was informed after surgery that not only was the tumor completely removed, but that the tumor was in fact milignant. They were sent home that same day and were told they would know by the next day what they were dealing with.
Rhabdomyosarcoma was the diagnosis. After a MRI, and a PET scan they found that the primary tumor was in his abdomen. Two more tumors were discovered with small spots around them. It's incredible that Gabriel hadn't felt sick or any pain having these tumors. He was a 'healthy' active amazing young man who was carrying around a lethal disease with no idea it was there. The oncology team wasted no time and placed a Port in Gabriel's chest so he could receive his chemotherapy and get his labs drawn out of. The plan was established that chemo would be given for a year. One week on one week off and a couple admits to the oncology floor.
Monday the 25th of September 2017 Gabriel started the fight of his life. Chemo began and reality sunk in. Knowing that the medical bills will soon be overwhelming and the co pays for these life saving drugs would be asternomical, this account was formed by the people who love this family and know how hard this process will be, and want to help lighten the Financial load.
Gabriel is a blonde haired, blue eyed angel. His name fits him perfectly, he is the angel of God! Anything will help and prayers are always needed.
God bless The Gormly's and God protect Gabriel
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