The tumour was called ATRT (Atypical Rhabdoid Teratoid Tumour) and during surgery to remove as much as the tumour as they could Gabe suffered a stroke. This paralysed the left side of his body leaving him in a wheelchair for his year of chemo and radiation. In August 2017 we received the good news that the battle against Gary the tumour had been won and we could then focus on intensive physiotherapy to regain movement in Gabe's arm and leg. It was tough going for Gabe but he bravely battled on and has been able to get up and walk again and excitedly walked into his first year of high school this year.
Since August 2017 he has been going for 3 monthly scans and in December these were all clear. Last week in one of Gabe's 3 monthly scans we received the news that no one would want to hear about their loved one, especially as a parent to your child. A new tumour had formed in his brain and was also filling up with brain fluid.
On Good Friday his surgical team operated on Gabe to debulk this new tumour and now we are waiting on the biopsy results.
A lot of our friends and family have been asking what they can do to help and we so appreciate all your support and love.
I felt the need to help Matt out and to take stress from him in regards to splitting his time between the much needed time with Gabe and full time work. So anything you feel you could donate would be so welcomed and will give Matt the opportunity to focus all his time on his son and not stress about work.
We will keep everyone updated on Gabe's progress and we are passing along all your messages of love and support.
Matt, Jen and Family
- Anna Robertson
- Henry De wilde
- Kat Pretty
- juliet and Karl Shiells/schlaadt
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