There are so many types of Leukemia, treatments, trials and successes. We had a daughter of a member in our church diagnosed with Leukemia (a very specific diagnosis, but I do not remember the name ~ a rarer one I do know) and she traveled from her home in Northern Virginia to Duke for possible treatment options and late last year after an extremely valiant fight, she went to be with the Lord.
That was my first up front exposure to Leukemia and ofcourse one as a mother that I don't want to think about (she left behind three wonderful boys, two very young and the oldest is 11 I believe). It was a shock for me, because I had read so many success stories online and in the paper, but realized when I thought about it more, the successes were almost always children. Not sure what part that has to play in the grand scheme of things, but it is a very hopeful thought.
The request for Gabriel's gown was placed within a week of his diagnosis, talk about being in the right place at the right time. So many emotions must have been going through his parents and his own mind...and here we were to provide that little ray of sunshine and hope that all things will work out.
His mother posted this WONDERFUL photo of Gabriel to our Facebook page and I will be honest, it made MY day so much better!! The smile of his face, despite the hospital admission, the Leukemia, the stress...he is still smiling! And what a great smile he has.
Thank you so much for sharing with us, and while I don't have a Facebook/caringbridge/etc page to share with anyone who made read this and want to contact the family, pray for them, keep up to date on Gabriel, where his mother posted this photo on Facebook, you can at least contact her that way (go to the photos of Gracie's Gowns and you will see it there).
Gabriel ~ thank you SO MUCH for making my day brighter! May God Bless you and your family! Keep your chin up and that wonderful smile on your face!