WE stand for ZOE

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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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Hi family! I pray you all are doing wonderful!! I wanted to give you a quick little update on ZOZO! Life is still very hectic and challenging. With everything that has happened, our schedule has been a lot busier with therapy, school, and other things. ALTHOUGH... she is improving so much!! Zoe is finally getting her balance back. We also just got this walker that allows her to walk without anyone holding her up. She is gaining so much muscle out of all her therapies. We are truly blessed to have therapy at Seattle Children's Hospital, and at Liberty High School! Thank you JESUS!

I have three videos that I just posted on Youtube and I really want you to watch each one. Zoe is so so so inspiring. She is being herself. She is not worrying about what others think about her. She is the definition of perseverance. It has been about one year since everything has changed, and this year has been one of the hardest, scariest, saddest, years of my family's life. However, we have grown with our relationship with God, our family, and have been more positive, loving, and excited towards people and about life.

From everything that has happened, I have been learning every day, that these little things that we worry about are nothing. Worrying is one of the things I do a lot. And it is hard to just TRUST IN GOD sometimes. I have probably said this before, but YOU are going to get through it. Whether it is a job application, a family situation, a track meet, to a small little AP Lang test... you will get through it. It is easy to think about what people think about you. It is easy to compare yourself to others. "Did I get a higher SAT score than this person?" or "Did I get a better time in my 100m race than that person?". I do this. I compare myself and think of how I am not smart enough, fast enough, or good enough for others. But, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH. Be yourself. I have learned that if people judge you for what college you go to, or what grade you get in one of your classes, 1- they are not worth it, and 2- God is proud of you no matter what. We all have our strengths and weakneessnes!! And whatever it is, God is proud of you being YOU!

Here are the three videos that you should watch!!

1. Zoe did a fishing speech in public speaking and it is amazing! If you need any tips you definitely should ask her:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0uESaSmBQU

2. This is a video of her walking in her new walker around at the mall. She is so close to walking on her own with no walker!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL9q5qCeHCE

3. My favorite video of the three is the arm wrestling one. I gave it all I got and Zoe won fair and square. She also gave a bit of sass in the end!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPzSknQIq4U

Also here are a few pics too!! Ain’t she just beautiful?!
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Hey y’all!! Zoe is done with her 5th surgery and it was a success! Now we are praying for her to heal faster because of this surgery! Thank you for your prayers! God is working miracles❤️ Love you guys!!
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Hi everyone! I truly hope all of you are doing amazing! I wanted to give y'all a quick update on how things are going in the Owens family! We all are doing well! School for both Zoe and I is very tiring but super exciting. Zoe is learning a lot. The school has done amazing things for us, especially Zoe, as she has speech, physical, and occupational therapy at school too! We are very blessed to be at Liberty High. My mom and dad are truly superheroes. I do not know how they do it all. They help Zoe with every single thing, while still loving me, and working throughout the week. It truly is amazing and inspiring how awesome my parents are. Please pray for Zoe as she will be having another surgery this Monday, February 26th, 2018. The cyst in the back of her head, has yet grown bigger after her last surgery. She will be having a new shunt being placed to help release more fluid easily. It is only a 1-2 hour surgery, so I am not very worried. God is going to be with her though it all, and I know Zozo is in good hands. It’s unbelievable how much Zoe has inspired me. She is very determined to get going and become the Zoe she used to be. She is not worried about the surgery and wants to get it done with so she can soar high with improvement. Thank you guys again for coming on this journey with us. It definitely is not over yet, but is is getting easier day by day. God is alive and he is GOOD. Through every trial, look at the good. I know it is hard, trust me, but when you just believe in HIM, and see how blessed you are, he will work his ways. The more you pray, and trust in him, the more content you will be. You will realize how good he is, even through the hardest times. The more I just relied on God, and let him lead me to where I needed to go, the less stressed I was about the little things. I am so excited to see what God has planned in not only Zoe’s life, but YOURS too! He is going to do something amazing in your life. Just be patient and trust in him, and let him show you how awesome he really is!! Watch this video to see Zoe and her awesome basketball skills!

https://youtu.be/jQvmuylqUfY
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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 :)

https://t.co/84GaiPcFkv
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Teresa Cerna-Juezan
12 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
5 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
4 months 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
5 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
5 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
12 months ago
1
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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
12 months ago

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

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Kaëla Yuen
3 months ago

I love the video, obviously!!! Zoe is a baller, and I'm so happy to see a basketball in her hands :) . Zoe is really incredible, and I know that she is feeding off of your family's love and support, as you guys fervently seek the Lord throughout this season. Thank you for sharing these updates. We'll be praying for Zoe and your whole family. Looking forward to seeing you on the track!

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Koleen Morris
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

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Teri Tucciarelli
8 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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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.

Teresa Cerna-Juezan
12 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
5 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!

+ Read More
Joy Owens
12 months ago
2
2

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!

+ Read More
Kara Mulqueeney
12 months ago
2
2

Thank you for updating us on her PROGRESS!!! She is amazing as are all of you

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Terry Hull
12 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
Lynda Robinson Baker
12 months ago
2
2

So happy to hear this news!!!! Baby steps all the way to recovery :)

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Kathy Swanson-Goetsch
12 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

+ Read More
Rolly Malou Canuto
12 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
12 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
12 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
4 months ago
1
1

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
5 months ago
1
1

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
5 months ago
1
1

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

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Lynda Robinson Baker
12 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
12 months ago

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

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Kaëla Yuen
3 months ago

I love the video, obviously!!! Zoe is a baller, and I'm so happy to see a basketball in her hands :) . Zoe is really incredible, and I know that she is feeding off of your family's love and support, as you guys fervently seek the Lord throughout this season. Thank you for sharing these updates. We'll be praying for Zoe and your whole family. Looking forward to seeing you on the track!

+ Read More
Koleen Morris
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

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Teri Tucciarelli
8 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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