…127 Days Until Race Day
Happy New Year and what a story to kick off 2017.
Gabi is currently 14 and has already beaten Ewing’s Sarcoma after she had been diagnosed on November 17, 2015.
Her tumor was localized in her right chest wall expanding over 3 ribs.
She started chemotherapy on November 27, 2015 and finished on July 31, 2016 . Her last day of radiation was September 8, 2016. The surgery to remove her tumor and reconstruct her right chest wall spanned 8 1/2 hours.
It was a glorious day when she had her port removed on September 16, 2016.
As a competitive soccer player, Gabi’s goal of getting back to her passion and love spurred her during the most difficult of times.
Physical healing will take time as Gabi is completely reconstructed on the right side of her torso. A special plate was constructed to cover her organs due to the resection of portions of 5 of her ribs and a large portion of her chest wall. She is Supergirl to all who know her.
Team Gabi was at again this year with Gabi leading her dad, David around the track during the final hour of their race.
Interestingly, Gabi’s doctor is Dr. Nino Rainusso, the doctor whose research we support through Snowdrop Foundation. Knowing that I was running for Gabi, Dr. Nino, a soccer player himself, joined me for two laps around the course.
What Gabi inspired me to do went beyond what I EVER thought I was capable of. My final 30 miles of 100 miles run, I ran in under 6 hours. My total run time (minus my nap breaks) for 100 miles was 19 hours, 53 minutes, 19 seconds (19:53:19).
Gabi, we KICKED it, and kicked it HARD!!!
Tomorrow is a recovery day and the day we pick up Beans (our new rescue Pom). So you will get to meet the little guy.