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Gabriella Martina was born on August 11, 2015. She's a beautiful, sweet, funny, and smart little girl. She loves cheese, watching dolphins on YouTube, FaceTiming with dogs, playing with Play-doh, and dancing to Baby Shark. Her nickname "Gabbi" means "draws strength from God". It's no wonder I named her such. At 1 year 10 mos, she has proven to be the strongest person I know.
Last June 3rd,she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Pre B High Risk. She had bruises all over her body, sores all over her mouth and high grade fever. When we rushed her to the ER, we found that 86% of her bone marrow were leukemia cells. After a grueling 38 days in the hospital where she had -10 blood transfusions, high fever for 3 weeks straight, daily needle pokes for blood tests, a surgery, 3 blood cultures, 2 spinal fluid extractions, 2 bone marrow extractions, 2 intraspinal chemo, 9 other chemo sessions, and hair falling out- she still continued to be such a happy, radiant baby. She was a favorite at the nurses' station, brightening up the days with her dance moves. Despite the throwing up, excessive pooping and being stuck in one tiny room not being able to walk, she never complained nor gave us a difficult time. She enjoyed her hospital stay and didn't even want to leave.
Gabbi is now home but her chemo treatment will have to continue for 2.5 years. Our family has decided to continue the next 6mos of intensive and rigorous chemo in the US. Chemo will temporarily destroy her immune system. She wont be allowed to swim, go to the zoo and attend play dates. Her body will absorb so many harsh chemicals and every fever could result to confinement. A baby shouldnt have to go through this. Its been heartbreaking but seeing her resilience everyday and knowing she wont remember this make us forget our worries.
Today, Friday July 21st, we'll have a fundraiser for Gabbi at Holy Smokes BBQ. 10% of sales today will go towards her treatment. Alternatively, you may also help us raise funds by donating directly to Metrobank Account 093-309327388-6 Maria Isadora Acosta. Thank you for taking time to read our story and suppor