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.