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Let's Save Gabrielle

$15,601 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 328 people in 3 months
Created February 13, 2019
My name is Shauna Spencer; I am seeking assistance for my four (4) year old niece, Gabrielle Gordon, who is very ill. She was diagnosed with “Multifocal Glioma” on her brain stem and is currently undergoing Proton Specific Radioactive treatment at the Cancer Unit in the Children’s Hospital, Washington DC.

Gabrielle’s father, a rank and file officer in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and her mother, a Customs Officer, from Kingston Jamaica are unable to afford the high cost for ongoing treatment which their young daughter needs. They were able to fly her to the USA, but now require assistance for the ongoing treatment which she desperately needs.

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Two weeks ago, Gabrielle’s mother noticed that her typically happy and playful four (4) year old was veering to the right when she walked, was unbalanced when standing, and her right arm and leg became paralyzed. A trip to the doctor two (2) days later and a subsequent MRI led to her hospitalization at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Jamaica. The parents’ worst nightmare was realized. On February 4, 2019 Gabrielle was confirmed to have brain cancer. Two tumors are now attached to her brain stem and have significantly impaired her mobility.

February 7, 2019 saw, Gabrielle being admitted to the Children’s Hospital, Washington DC. She is currently undergoing treatment for “Multifocal Glioma” a particularly aggressive type of cancer. The cancer has restricted the free flow of fluids to and from the brain causing a buildup of pressure. A successful surgery was done on February 11th, where a shunt was inserted in her body, connecting her brain to her stomach as the brain stem that is responsible for this action no longer works.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Gabrielle was placed on life support as her lungs and heart were failing. It is now five (5) days later, and she has been removed from life support and continues to battle valiantly for life. She has an exceptionally strong will to live, help us to give her a fighting chance.

We desperately need your support.
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Hello everyone,
We’re perpetually grateful for your contributions made towards saving Gabrielle’s life. We are some distance away from our target but are very appreciative nonetheless . It is almost two months since this Gofundme Page was created and we want to provide you with an update on Gabrielle.
Her condition is confirmed to be Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). To date she has completed four (4) surgeries: firstly, to temporarily input a shunt in her skull to extract excess fluid that was being stored in her brain causing a build up of pressure as the cerebral spinal fluid was not flowing out because the brain stem is not functioning; secondly, to permanently attach a VP shunt to drain fluids from her brain to her abdomen; thirdly, to input a Peg-tube to her stomach to facilitate her daily nutritional intake as she’s unable to swallow or feed through mouth and fourthly a pick-line was surgically installed to her right arm to administer daily dosage of medication.
She has completed a compressed 13 day radiation therapy treatment instead of 6 weeks protocol treatment due to the severity of her condition and is currently doing follow ups with the respective specialists. However, she’s awaiting a 4-6 weeks MRI scan to measure her response to radiation therapy.
We are thankful to Obod and Sasha-Gay Nicely (Imaging Professionals and childhood friends) in Maryland ( for hosting us since our date of arrival in the USA. They facilitate the banking and accounting of funds raised on this platform that have helped in taking care of medical, transportations, and other related expenditures. The funds are disbursed directly to the parents who administer appropriately.

Again thanks to Team Gabrielle.
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$15,601 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 328 people in 3 months
Created February 13, 2019
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