WE stand for ZOE

$21,145 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 243 people in 9 months
Gabie Owens
on behalf of Adam Owens
 RENTON, WA
My name is Gabie Owens and I am Zoe's sister. Zoe is the strongest girl I have ever met. I am here to ask you to donate whatever you can for my baby sis and tell you her story! 

Zoe Owens is a 14-year-old girl who has been going through an on-going, difficult struggle for two years. When she was in middle school, she started to suffer with severe and unbearable health problems, like migraines, vomitting, and abdominal pain. We had many visits to the doctor and no one knew what was wrong. She went through many surgeries and trips to the hospital, with no one having any knowledge on why my Zoe was not doing well. 

This past Easter night on April 16th, Zoe stopped eating, and had no balance or coordination when awake. The next day (April 17th), Zoe had a seizure ,for about 1 minute, in our house. It is so scary seeing more than 10 people in my house trying to help Zoe. Paramedics and firefighters were there to help support Zoe in our house that day. Zoe was taken to the hospital, and the doctors positivitly believed that she had a condition of a very severe migraine, which was causing the persistent nausea and headaches.

Adam and Joy Owens, our parents, are nurses and knew that it was something way more than just migraines. On April 18th, 2017, at 3:00am, Zoe told my parents that she loved us all. Startled, Zoe asked, "Mommy? Daddy? Does this mean I am going to die?" My parents said, "No honey. You will be alright. God is with you". Zoe responded by telling my parents that she was ready to see her Grandma and Grandpa in Heaven. By God's grace, Zoe appeared at peace, when she was potentially facing her own passing away. Right after that moment, Zoe went into another seizure that lasted for 10 minutes. Although Zoe was at peace, God granted the doctors and nurses aiding Zoe with wisdom, telling Zoe that it was not her time to go to Heaven just yet.

Zoe knew that something was going to happen and could sense it. She wanted to tell everyone that she loved them so much. When Adam pressed the Emergency Button everyone in the hospital came and helped Zoe. For 10 minutes Zoe was not responding and was not acting like herself. 30 different nurses and doctors came in to support Zoe and help calm her down. She stopped breathing for a very short time. 

After Zoe stopped having the seizure, my parents fought for Zoe to get an MRI. The doctors finally decided to see if there was anything in her brain. They found a brain tumor the size of a golf ball at the base of Zoe's brain stem, surrounded by fluids that were compressing her brain.

The doctors said that they need to treat the tumor as soon as possible. Zoe soon had another surgery right after the MRI to get some fluid out of her head which would stop the headaches. The next day Zoe had the brain tumor surgery. The surgery was supposed to be 4 hours ,but it took 8 hours to take 95% of the tumor out. Thankfully, the tumor was not cancerous and was only the first stage of a brain tumor.

This past week has been the scariest week of my life for my family and I. As a sister, I see Zoe and talk to her everyday. Coming from being so close to my sister to not being able to speak with her at all breaks my heart. My family and I have been praying for a quick recovery and peace, and God has slowly given us this desired peace throughout the past week.

After the brain tumor surgery, Zoe kept resting. She still hasn't woken up from surgery since this day (April 29th). She just had another surgery (April 28th) to have a shunt running from her head into her stomach, rather than from her head to the outside of her head. This shunt will help control the excess fluids around Zoe's brain.

She is super strong. I want you to know that God had this plan. He had everything come up for a reason. He had the time and the placing spot on.  Even through this crazy trial of faith, God has not forsaken my family. We are so thankful for the consistent prayer and support we have recieved, and we would sincerely appreaciate your help, too.

ZOE is a MIRACLE. I need this fund for Zoe because she is going to need so many new changes  for her health plan to help her recover, all of which are not cheap. She will have a series of tests in the future, such as MRI testing every 3 months. She will have to have rehab for months or even years. On top of MRI and rehab/therapy costs, we need this fund for medical supplies and medicines as well. She may not walk for weeks or months. She may have to be in a wheelchair up to months on end. Only God knows, and we put full trust in Him.

This fund is all for Zoe. She is my bestfriend, and I want the ultimate best for her. I feel so helpless not being by her side everyday. This fund would help my family so much. If you would donate money or just pray for us, we are already so thankful for that.

God is so amazing. We are so grateful that Zoe is alive and here right now. Luckily, she is recovering, and she is slowly responding by wiggling her toes or squeezing the surgeon's fingers.

Please just pray for Zoe and my family. We love and apreciate you all so much. Thank you for reading Zoe's story. I can not wait for her to wake up and see all the support from all of you guys :)

One amazing thing about my little Zoe, is that she wants to be a pediatric oncologist when she grows up. Isn't that amazing how Zoe wants the be the doctor who treats kids with what she just went through? God works in wonderful ways am I right?

This is all for my baby zozo. I am so proud of her. She is stronger than I will ever be. She can do anything with Christ who strengthens her.

Thank you again,

Gabie :)


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Zoe Owens is back and better than ever. You won’t regret watching this video. She is now in 3 classes every day and one of her new classes is Public Speaking. For the class, the first speech you have to do is a Quote of the Day. Zoe volunteered to go first and she spoke about how abilities are what matter most... not the disabilities in someone’s life. It is so inspiring to see how much she has overcome! From not speaking for many months to now saying speeches! She is so amazing. GOD IS SO SO SO GOOD! Zoe is a blessing. She shows people to never give up and be strong. Whatever you are going through... you will get through it. God will help you... just trust in him. He loves you so much. I love you too❤️Thank you for your prayers. -Gab :)

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Hi everyone! I pray you all had an amazing Tuesday!! The Owens family is doing wonderful. Zoe’s surgery was a total success! The surgeons took out about 4 cc’s of fluid from a cyst in the back of her brain!! The surgery took about an hour long. When she came back to the room she was still very exhausted and still drowsy from the anesthesia! After a few hours of rest, Zoe woke up and was perfectly the same! Praise the Lord!!! She ate tons of food, talked to the nurses and communicated with us, and it felt like normal. Jesus was in charge of it all. I am so blessed that we have a God that loves us unconditionally and never fails to show his love. Zoe is doing wonderful. She is a living and breathing miracle. Also... she looks adorable in these pigtails! Thank you all for your love, support, and kindness that you have given us! Hopefully this will help her recover faster with her balance and other things in the future! We love you all! Love, Gabs :)
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Good Afternoon amazing people. I pray you all have been doing great. Hopefully you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. About 2 months ago, Zoe did not feel well, so we wanted to check if everything was okay in her brain. We had an MRI and there was a small cyst that was forming. The cyst caused some swelling around which could have been irritating the brain. The doctors thought that the best way to go through with this would be to have surgery. My parents decided to do another MRI in the beginning of the new year, because none of us wanted Zoe to have surgery during Christmas break, if she did need it. The last MRI was this past Tuesday, the 9th, and the cyst has gotten bigger since. God was giving my parents the wisdom they needed. So we have decided to go through with the surgery and hopefully this will help her with her balance and other things! The doctors and surgeons believe that this will not affect Zoe in a negative way and will help her improve over time. GOD IS GOOD though! Zoe is not fully able to walk on her own but she is getting there. Zoe is ready for this surgery. She is not nervous or scared at all. She is ready to improve and succeed like she already has been. Zoe’s surgery will be on Tuesday, the 16th of January at 7:00 a.m.. Please just pray for my family during this time. Pray for the surgeons and doctors to take out the fluid-filled cyst carefully. They will be putting a catheter to help drain out the fluid. Please pray for me to be that big support for Zoe. It definitely has been hard and challenging, especially with finals coming up soon and with friendships. Please pray for my parents to just have the wisdom to know what to do and stay positive as well. Pray for them to have the strength that they need to keep working through Zoe. Without my parents, Zoe and I would not have a life as good as we do have it. God is so GRACIOUS and WONDERFUL. Even through the hardest, darkest, most stressful times, He shines His bright light into me. AND especially just pray for Zoe. She is such an inspiration to us all and I pray that she just improves even more with the cyst being removed. We love you all so much and so greatly do appreciate the love and support. I want you to know that whatever you are going through… YOU will get through it. You may not think you will. You may not think God will be there for you. But he has been with you in the past, is with you this very second, and also will never leave you in the future. Think about it…. we are so very blessed, even if it is a struggle to see. A good friend of mine, told me his favorite verse and I want to share it with you. Second Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’”. We all are struggling, we all are going through something if it is related to family, friends, loved ones, school, or even jobs. Please do not forget that God has a purpose for you even if you do not see it or believe it. He created you for a reason. You have a story and you have a purpose. AND when you get that little push, that little bit of happiness that you haven't felt in a while… know that that little piece of love you just felt was all GOD. He’s always cared for you and is still there for you. I am here for you too! We may be 5 miles apart or even 5,000 miles, but I still pray for each and every one of you and wish you the best in life. You deserve it. Thank you for praying for my family. Zoe is going to do huge things, like she has been. And YOU are going to do amazing things as well. YOU are too BLESSED to be STRESSED, is the phrase that always keeps me going. Love you all, Gab :)
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I want to personally thank the Liberty staff this week. Liberty High School is where Zoe and I both go to school and we are so blessed to be there. Out of the blue this past Wednesday, my phone started buzzing off. I got about 5 notifications of 5 teachers donating to the GoFundMe. This was a surprise and I had no idea why any of the teachers did this. Then about an hour later, I checked my phone and 10 more teachers donated. In two days, from the 13th to the 14th, the Owens family received a tremendous amount of money from just the Liberty staff. My family is still shocked and very emotional. Thank you to the 30+ teachers who made this happen. We love you all.

I especially want to thank Mrs. Munson and Mr. Valach. These two amazing people are Zoe's only teachers at the moment. Munson teaches Leadership and Valach teaches Language Arts. They have been praying and supporting our family even before this crazy journey began 7 months ago. They are the representation of love and kindness towards everyone... especially to Zoe. Thank you for sharing Zoe's testimony to Liberty High School. Zoe and I are both very blessed to have gotten to be in a class with both of you. YOU BOTH have made a huge impact on our lives. Thank you for loving ZOE, when my parents or I am not there during school. She needs role models who will build and encourage her. And I truly believe God had a plan to have you both as her first high school teachers.

I love each and every staff member at Liberty and I truly appreciate what you all did. Just you hearing Zoe's story is big enough, and that is all I ever wanted. I want people to see Zoe and know she is a fighter. She is not giving up. She is teaching me a ton of things... and I hope she shows YOU that at the end of the day, God is alive, well, and AMAZING! Thank YOU!
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Teresa Cerna-Juezan
9 months ago
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Stay strong Joy Adam and Gabbie just like Zoe is staying strong! Prayers and good thoughts to all of you! Hold on tight and keep those hands together in prayer!

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Joy Owens
2 months ago
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With a grateful heart, we just wanted to thank all of you for the support and continued prayers for our family especially to our daughter Zoe. God bless you all!

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Joy Owens
9 months ago
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Zoe has this severe posterior fossa syndrome and the doctor said it might take a year to get to her full recovery. Her tumor is benign, thank God. Thank you all soooo much for supporting our daughter and to all your prayers. God bless you all!

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Kara Mulqueeney
9 months ago
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Thank you for updating us on her PROGRESS!!! She is amazing as are all of you

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Terry Hull
9 months ago
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I'm so happy to hear of improvements today! We continue our prayers for all of you, especially for Zoe!♡♡♡♡♡

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Lynda Robinson Baker
9 months ago
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So happy to hear this news!!!! Baby steps all the way to recovery :)

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Kathy Swanson-Goetsch
9 months ago
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Please let me know what kind of tumor Zoe had. I've been through surgery for a Meningioma and am still going through treatment. I thought I may be able to offer support

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Rolly Malou Canuto
9 months ago
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We are praying for Zoe and the family. We love you and miss you. Stay strong! Love, the Canuto family ❤️

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Becky Andrus Burgoon
9 months ago
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Gabie, you and Zoe are such a sweet girls! I miss you both dearly!! Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers! ❤❤❤ Love, Mrs Burgoon

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Jorie Jeannides
9 months ago
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Gabbie, my heart goes out to your family! I pray for Zoe and her recovery! She is an amazing girl! Ms. Jeannides

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Lynda Robinson Baker
1 month ago
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Our love and prayers are always with you and your family. Will be sending extra prayers and love on the 16th.

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Joy Owens
2 months ago
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Thank you all! Thank you Liberty HS staff, families and students!!! We appreciate all of you. God bless!

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Luz Tanjuaquio Santos
2 months ago
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Continuous prayers for your family and most especially to Zoe’s continuing recovery. ❤️

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Lynda Robinson Baker
9 months ago
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I am so sorry Zoe's recovery is taking longer than you were hoping. Keep being strong and positive. Zoe and your family are never far from our thoughts and are always in our prayers and hearts.

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Bang Sibayan-Rivera
9 months ago

God bless u my dear Zoe... Prayer warriors are praying for complete healing... Non stop... Heartstrong mwah

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Koleen Morris
3 months ago

That is amazing! Thank you for staying positive. Her words made my day! Much love to the Owen Family!

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Regan Wong
3 months ago

Zoe! You are amazing and your family is amazing! What a wonderful update!!! You are doing all the work! Keep it up knowing we are all surrounding you with love and support! Wong family

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Kim Purdy Plowman
3 months ago

Love to you all!! Thoughts and prayers are with you always!! xo

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Teri Tucciarelli
5 months ago

Gabie you are amazing and I am so proud of you. I will keep Zoe and your entire family in my prayers every day. Hope you can feel the love from Florida! Give Zoe a hug from me!

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Kim Purdy Plowman
7 months ago

Please give Zoe our love and let her know we are thinking of her everyday!!

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Jon Kinsley
1 month ago
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This donation is in the name of Lourene & Tom Bannister. They are my wife's sister & her husband. Our Christmas present to them is this donation for Zoe. After reading about your family this is what they wanted.

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Ati Kheyt
1 month ago
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Love you, Owens fam.

Teresa Cerna-Juezan
9 months ago
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Stay strong Joy Adam and Gabbie just like Zoe is staying strong! Prayers and good thoughts to all of you! Hold on tight and keep those hands together in prayer!

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Joy Owens
2 months ago
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With a grateful heart, we just wanted to thank all of you for the support and continued prayers for our family especially to our daughter Zoe. God bless you all!

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Joy Owens
9 months ago
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Zoe has this severe posterior fossa syndrome and the doctor said it might take a year to get to her full recovery. Her tumor is benign, thank God. Thank you all soooo much for supporting our daughter and to all your prayers. God bless you all!

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Kara Mulqueeney
9 months ago
2
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Thank you for updating us on her PROGRESS!!! She is amazing as are all of you

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Terry Hull
9 months ago
2
2

I'm so happy to hear of improvements today! We continue our prayers for all of you, especially for Zoe!♡♡♡♡♡

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Lynda Robinson Baker
9 months ago
2
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So happy to hear this news!!!! Baby steps all the way to recovery :)

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Kathy Swanson-Goetsch
9 months ago
2
2

Please let me know what kind of tumor Zoe had. I've been through surgery for a Meningioma and am still going through treatment. I thought I may be able to offer support

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Rolly Malou Canuto
9 months ago
2
2

We are praying for Zoe and the family. We love you and miss you. Stay strong! Love, the Canuto family ❤️

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Becky Andrus Burgoon
9 months ago
2
2

Gabie, you and Zoe are such a sweet girls! I miss you both dearly!! Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers! ❤❤❤ Love, Mrs Burgoon

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Jorie Jeannides
9 months ago
2
2

Gabbie, my heart goes out to your family! I pray for Zoe and her recovery! She is an amazing girl! Ms. Jeannides

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Lynda Robinson Baker
1 month ago
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Our love and prayers are always with you and your family. Will be sending extra prayers and love on the 16th.

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Joy Owens
2 months ago
1
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Thank you all! Thank you Liberty HS staff, families and students!!! We appreciate all of you. God bless!

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Luz Tanjuaquio Santos
2 months ago
1
1

Continuous prayers for your family and most especially to Zoe’s continuing recovery. ❤️

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Lynda Robinson Baker
9 months ago
1
1

I am so sorry Zoe's recovery is taking longer than you were hoping. Keep being strong and positive. Zoe and your family are never far from our thoughts and are always in our prayers and hearts.

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Bang Sibayan-Rivera
9 months ago

God bless u my dear Zoe... Prayer warriors are praying for complete healing... Non stop... Heartstrong mwah

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Koleen Morris
3 months ago

That is amazing! Thank you for staying positive. Her words made my day! Much love to the Owen Family!

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Regan Wong
3 months ago

Zoe! You are amazing and your family is amazing! What a wonderful update!!! You are doing all the work! Keep it up knowing we are all surrounding you with love and support! Wong family

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Kim Purdy Plowman
3 months ago

Love to you all!! Thoughts and prayers are with you always!! xo

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Teri Tucciarelli
5 months ago

Gabie you are amazing and I am so proud of you. I will keep Zoe and your entire family in my prayers every day. Hope you can feel the love from Florida! Give Zoe a hug from me!

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Kim Purdy Plowman
7 months ago

Please give Zoe our love and let her know we are thinking of her everyday!!

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