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Meet Gabe Axe

It all started after a long weekend of music festivals - and not feeling so hot, Gabe went to the doctor's office in July 2000 for some tests.  He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia ("ALL").

Before his ALL diagnosis, Gabe was a typical high schooler.  He had finished his sophomore year and was looking forward to a fun filled summer of working at Baskin Robbins scooping ice cream and making floats. 

Gabe Axe (right) with his cousin Peter Klein during his chemotherapy treatment at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City during treatment in 2001

 He was weeks away from getting his driver's license.  The calendar had various music festivals on it - summer road trips with friends and his older brothers.

All of Gabe's plans changed.  He checked into Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City immediately after his diagnosis.  His white cell count was about 1.1 million (vs. 10-15,000 normally and 25-50,000 for kids with leukemia).  He had a very high risk case of ALL, was old for the pediatric disease that he had, but was being treated by some of the best doctors for his particular disease.  Peter Steinherz is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist and the Director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Studies at MSKCC.  He is also a member of the Leukemia Strategy Group of the Children’s Cancer Group for more than 20 years and a member of the committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network that develops national guidelines for the treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ("ALL") - the disease the Gabe has.  Not a bad choice for a doctor if you have ALL.

Dr. Steinherz and his team of nurses and doctors provided Gabe tremendous care and attention.

Gabe continues to be cancer-free after 25 months of intense chemotherapy and radiation treatment that ended in August 2002. 

Axe Out Leukemia raises funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Gabe's honor.


The Axe Family
Gabe is the third of four sons, born every three years to Dr. Harold and Cantor Vicki Axe.  

First son Judah works with children with autism at a school in San Francisco.  Second son Noah is a music major at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.  Youngest son Dan is a student at Greenwich High School in Connecticut.

Gabe's mom Vicki is a cantor in Greenwich, Connecticut.  

Gabe's father Harold Axe is an allergist, with offices in New York City; Port Chester, New York; and Columbus, Ohio.

The Axe-Men in front of the Hall of Justice (at Great Adventure): Dan, Noah and Gabe during the summer of 2002

Axe Out Leukemia To Date
So far, Gabe's family and friends have participated in a variety of fundraising activities with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (and related programs).  Family and friends participated in the Stamford, Connecticut, Light-The-Night walks in 2000 and 2001. Cousin Ron Axe rode 100 miles in Las Vegas in October 2001. Cousin Peter Klein ran the London Marathon in April 2002; the Marine Corp Marathon in October 2002; and participated in the Gulf Coast Triathlon in May 2003. Cousin Geoffrey Klein ran the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego in June 2002. 

And then there are those Team In Training participants who have completed endurance events in association with Axe Out Leukemia.  This web site provides them an online vehicle to raise awareness about blood cancers and to fundraise for their TNT event.  Online donations can be made to individual TNT participants or directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Every dollar contributed through Axe Out Leukemia goes directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  All costs associated with the site are donated, including the hosting fees contributed by Active Host.

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What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a malignant disease (cancer) that originates in a cell in the marrow. It is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of developing marrow cells. There are two major classifications of leukemia: myelogenous or lymphocytic, which can each be acute or chronic. The terms myelogenous or lymphocytic denote the cell type involved. Thus, four major types of leukemia are: acute or chronic myelogenous leukemia (AML and CML) and acute or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (ALL and CLL).  Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute lymphoid leukemia, is a common leukemia, with about 4,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the US. Most cases of ALL occur in children under age 10, but it can appear in all age groups.  It  is caused by a change in the genetic material in marrow cells. ALL is a malignant disease involving excessive amounts of blast cells (immature white blood cells) that interfere with the production of normal marrow cells. This in turn leads to low numbers of red blood cells, platelets and normal white blood cells in the blood stream. 

How You Can Help
Axe Out Leukemia raises funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  You can donate directly to Axe Out Leukemia, participate in a Team-in-Training event or Light The Night walk in honor of Gabe, or contribute in a variety of other ways.  Please contact us with questions or ideas -


This site is maintained by Peter Klein and is not associated with the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Team-in-Training or The Light the Night Walk other than the participation in the Society's  programs of the individuals included in this site.  
Last updated on January 07, 2004 .