2004 Guestbook Archives

Gabe and Izzy,
A little while ago you visited my school (Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek in Michigan) I just want to say you did a wonderful job. You looked fantastic up there. Your story is so touching. Right in the middle of your speech I just wanted to run up and give you a hug. But obviously I couldn't so I gave you a hug afterwards. After listening to you I hope the bulleying will stop. I believe you really got through to the kids. I can't believe kids would be so mean. Anyways I would really like to stay in touch with you. Please email me.


posted by Sara on December 24, 2004 05:35 PM

Hey Gabe,

Have a nice Christmas.

Talkl to ya soon


posted by Brian Donovan on December 24, 2004 09:59 AM

My name is Brittany and i am from Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek.
I really enjoyed your speech. It breaks my heart to know what you, as well as many other people go through. I hope that people listen to what you had to say and stop bulllying others. Thank you so much for coming! keep in touch with me at horseloverbt@yahoo.com.. Thank you!!

posted by Brittany on December 21, 2004 01:29 PM

Hello Gabe and Izzy,

you recently visited our school Hartland Ore Creek Middle School!
I really enjoyed you speaking to us!! I think your point or not being mean was very good and will get across to everyone! I also thought your dog Izzy was the cuteist little thing in the world! My dog is cute to!!



posted by JeNnIfEr on December 19, 2004 06:02 PM

i had know idea about you untill mr.livingway (at ore creek middle school in michigan) made us watch you on tv 1 day and i am so proud on what you have done in the past years and 1 day i hope they can fix your Disease so you can be a dancer just like when you wanted to be when you were little!
i also wanted to say thanks for coming to our school!


posted by Ali on December 17, 2004 11:38 AM

Hi! you went to my school recently (Ore Creek ^_^) and i have to say your speech was WONDERFUL. i really hope it changes the school since i'm just suffering in it. keep in tough with me at Bjmarriott@comcast.net please! looking forward to your first email! :)
Bj Marriott, 8th grader, very intelligent at computers

posted by Bj M on December 15, 2004 04:26 PM

call me i want to book a school date 18106327386 and ask for nick

posted by nick c on December 15, 2004 08:53 AM

Hi Gabe and Izzy you just came to my school.(Ore creek middle school) I thought it was very interesting and you sent a very good message. You did a good job, it was well spoken and once again great job today.

posted by Ashley on December 14, 2004 07:34 PM

Hey it's mollie again i forgot to ask you to keep in touch!! Have a good holiday.. you can e-mail me at CloverDaisy09@yahoo.com and my s/n is CloverDaisy09. My cousin is here with me and she's seen your show on animal planet and she loves it and she wanted to say hi..
love always,
Mollie McSweeney
from Ore Creek

posted by mollie m on December 14, 2004 04:02 PM

Hi Gabe! Hi Izzy! Gabe, i think you are a wonderful speaker! today you came to my school Ore creek in hartland and i just love you story!
i think you are such a great person and when we were in the stands and you were talking, most all of the kids said that they would have been your friend! I no that what has happend in the past was very hurtful, but you were able to talk about it with us and helped us learn what its really like. God Bless

posted by Ashlee on December 14, 2004 02:18 PM

Today, you and Izzy visited my school, Hartland Ore Creek. I thought that the presentation would be just another "No bullying" or "Stay drug-free" assemblies but this was different. I liked hearing from someone that actually know what they were talking about.
I talked to you after the presentation and asked you what it was like when you found out that you were no longer able to dance. I know, and told you, that if i found out i couldn't dance anymore, i would be completely heartbroken. I would just like you and your mom to know that from now on, i will be dancing for you. God bless you and Izzy. i hope your struggle does not last much longer.
Love, Hayley

posted by Hayley on December 14, 2004 01:37 PM

Your presentation was great..i wanted to see it over and over again! You are very pretty..as i already said after the assembly with my friend...thank you for coming to our school. God Bless
Love always,
Mollie McSweeney

posted by Mollie M on December 14, 2004 01:31 PM

I really liked your presentation at our school. Izzy is so cute! You're really doing the right thing. There are just too many bullies!

posted by Blondie on December 14, 2004 01:14 PM

Gabe Hi,

its been a while from my last post, the people that did your website are doing mine, Hopefully I should get the front page soon... I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving oh yea the website is going to be at http//:themasscalproject.com when its done but I've been fooling around with angelfire and made a lil side website
http://www.angelfire.com/ex2/masstocali/ I hope you checdk it out

posted by

HI Gab,
I hope you remember me.I am the same Parry from Microsoft who assisted you in the wireless connectivity issue.It took a long time ,i appologize for that.
I went through the Snaps of IZZY and all others,they are really good pics.You look vey good in your Snaps.
I hope to get a reply from you, it would be pleasure to recieve any reply.I never knew that I was configuring the network of such a big personality.

posted by Parimal Waghmare on November 23, 2004 08:08 PM

HI Gabrielle,
You're a real inspiration to us all. I also have FA and your story hits close to home with me. I know you must be very busy but I manage a website and a mailing-list about and for people withv ataxia, it's called Internaf, http://internaf.org/ and I invite you to our list to share your experiences with us. To subscibe, go see http://internaf.org/network.html


posted by Michel Be on November 21, 2004 12:20 PM

Hooray for Gabe and Izzy!
What a dynamic duo you two are! Gabe and Izzy are a winning combintation!

I teach fourth grade at Scottsburg Elementary School. Our lunch bunch heard several stories from Mrs. Owens before you arrived at SES. However, I was not prepared for how touching your personal story would be for me. Your message about the cruel and mean behavior of bullies left an impact on my fourth graders at Scottsburg.

Today is Dress for Success. The girls voted Gabe for Best Dressed and the boys voted for Izzy for the Best Dressed Dog. The girls noticed Izzy's bows. I can see yo care about your personal appearance. I do, too. I am a Mary Kay consultant and would enjoy having you on my Mary Kay team. I am looking for women who want to help other women and children, impact lives and love their family and fellowman. I think you fill the bill. Let me know when we can discuss this. I understand if you are too busy visiting schools and taking good care of Izzy. Again, I would be blessed to have you on my Mary Kay team.

Enjoy the blessings of this day,

posted by Mary J on November 10, 2004 07:07 AM

I met you last year at the annual NAF meeting in San Diego. I had a lot of fun with you and your crazy Mom. I was wondering if you are going to the meeting in Florida in March.

posted by Kyle on November 7, 2004 12:35 AM

hey gabe u are a really pretty girl and im sorry for what u had to go thourgh in school...i love your dog izzy is soo cute well i just wanted to let u know me and my family is here for u when ever

posted by Kaitlin on November 1, 2004 07:19 PM

Hi! You might not remember me, but I'm the girl who came with my dad(Jeff) to Dominator on Oct.28. You saw my drawings of the Wings team. I'm very moved and inspired by your story, Gabe, because, being 16 and having a few health concerns of my own (none life-threatening), I've had to put up with a lot of teasing, too. You're awesome, girl, good luck and best wishes always! Tell your dad that my dad and I would love to come out to Fenton sometime, like he suggested, and have dinner with you guys at Joe and Louie's. Love, Ashley McIntosh. (586)979-2715
P.S. We don't have e-mail right now, so I put in Dale's. Please don't use it!:)

posted by Ashley McIntosh and Jeff McIntosh on November 1, 2004 06:02 PM

I am 14 and also have friedreich's ataxia I would like to keep in touch. My email address is madman_101190@yahoo.com
email me

posted by Terence on October 26, 2004 10:20 AM

Gabe and Izzy are a specail duo. What a winning combination!
I teach with Debbie Owens and she had told our lunch bunch Gabe and Izzy stories, however, I was still not prepared for how touching your story would be for the Scottsburg Elementary students and to me.
Bless you!
Today is Dress for Success Day at Scottsburg Elementary.
The boys voted Gabe Best Dressed for Success.
The girls voted Izzy Best Dressed Dog for Success.
Both of you are a big Success. Thank you for sharing your message about bullying and how important it is to respond in kind.
Good day,
Mrs. Jones, 4th grade teacher Scottburg Elementary

posted by Mary Jones on October 26, 2004 06:12 AM

My classed loved having you here at Scottsburg. We came back to our room and had writing. Just about every story was about you and Izzy.
My class has one question we didn't get to ask. How old are you and Izzy now? Have a GREAT day.

posted by Mrs. Sara Burchell's First Grade Class on October 25, 2004 07:27 AM

Hi gabe this is the girl who was cring from Daily ele.I was wonder if you are going to put me and the holes 5 grade at daliy on the picture thing please get back at me please love you

posted by E on October 16, 2004 06:30 PM

It was so great to see you at the Penalty Box. It's been too long since I saw you last. Let's plan a day or night out with Amanda (hopefully the baby won't be making her too sick).
Keep in touch~ Mary

posted by Mary C on October 5, 2004 06:49 PM

I read your story in Quest while sitting in my neourologists office earlier this week in a magazine (I am being treated for migraine headaches there)...you are truly an inspiration to everyone. Keep on doing what you're doing...best of luck writing your books, and whatever your future may hold.
Jill, 28, Indianapolis

posted by Jill on October 1, 2004 09:06 AM

Hey Gabe & Izzy, I love the updates to your website!
You're both beautiful and hope to see more of you on tv!
Take care!

posted by

hi gabe i read you story in the august issue of quest im glad you was able to pull yourself out of the slump you was in. i also have a nueromuscular disease weirding haufmans a rare form of md if you would like email me some time maybe we can chat

posted by Andrew S on September 22, 2004 10:06 AM

Hey Gabe, Don't give up on your dreams.


posted by MOM on September 19, 2004 07:11 PM

What is your yahoo email. I've tried to send things and they keep getting r4eturned. Even at feedback@gabeandizzy.com?
Thanks Keisha

posted by Keisha from WA on September 15, 2004 01:04 PM

Hey this is Eric. I met you at the 911 Military Benefit the other day in Davison. I was one of the guys in the Army uniform. Just was checking to see if you were on and if you had Instant Messanger. Write back and let me know

posted by Eric C on September 12, 2004 11:31 PM

Hey Gabe! I heard you were here last week. Sorry I missed you. Just read last weeks article in the Flint Journal. Another good one :) You have got to be white as a ghost by now & if you're planning on continuing to speak in public, you need a little color. Get your lilly white butt in here and see me. Love, Laurel

posted by Laurel on September 11, 2004 04:50 PM

I think you and Izzy are going places. You truly are an inspiration. I live in Flushing,didn't know you were so close. Saw you on for the telethon and the story on Animal Planet. Keep up the good work that you do and hug Izzy for me. What a great dog!!!

posted by Janet W on September 10, 2004 04:50 PM

What an amazing and touching story! I really hope you the best of luck in all that you do! I never really gave the disease much thought until this weekend during the telethon and you were the first story that I saw. I could only imagine the difficulties that you go through on a day to day basis and I know that it must really take a STRONG and SPECIAL person to live like that. I will pray for you and hopefully some day there will be a cure. Again, I hope you the best in all that you do!!

posted by Amanda on September 7, 2004 04:03 PM

Gabe, I think your website is awesome! It was also great seeing you at telethon. You always look so pretty. And Izzy is so cool! I am so happy that we got to meet.

posted by Jakob Gronski on September 7, 2004 10:51 AM

Gabe, We met you at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area on Labor Day Weekend. You are a shining star. We enjoyed your web site.

Dave & Audrey

posted by Dave and Audrey V on September 7, 2004 10:02 AM

Dear Gabe,
Your story sounds so similiar to my own that it is scary. I am 24, have FA, and didn't start using a chair untill after HS. But that's not why I'm writng you. I live near Mundelein,IL, which is north of Chicago, and work at Lake County Cener for Independent Living as the Peer Mentor Advocate. My job as peer menor advocate is to match youths with disabilities up to adults with similiar diablities who would like to be their mentor. I think it is very important for a child with a disability to have the opportunity to have someone to relate to.
I was wondeng if you would be willing to come speak at Disbilty Mentoring Day on Oct. 20 for 20-25 min. about overcoming your disability.
It would an honor to hae you speak as well as meeting you.


Christa Keime
Youth Mentor Advocate
377 N. Seymour Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060

posted by Christa Keime on September 7, 2004 08:13 AM

Hi there Gabe and Izzy...:o). I saw you this year on the telethon on t.v. and got the info. about your website and had to come visit and check it out. I think you both are very strong and doing great things and i know you have touched many others by your stories. Keep strong and my prayers are with you and your family.

posted by Chris B on September 6, 2004 02:51 PM

Gabe. I am not sure if you remember me but I went to school with you until 3rd grade! I transfered to North Road for 4th and 5th grade but I used to come to your birthday parties and we use to hang out at school until I transfered and we lost touch. I never knew what happened until I saw your story on Animal Planit! What a wonderful story. I am so sorry to hear about your disease but it seems like your being very active and helping out for MDA. I hope you and Izzy are doing well!
~Autumn Duhl~

posted by Autumn on September 6, 2004 10:46 AM

You are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work. My life feels more enriched having met you, your Mom and Izzy. I will be the one interviewing you at the MDA telethon after all. See how things work out for the best. I can't wait to see you again.

Love Stephanie K from CK 105.5

posted by stepahnie K on September 5, 2004 03:20 PM

Wonderful website Gabe, keep up the good work and come viset http://www.kenscorner.com

posted by KEN on September 3, 2004 11:17 AM

Gabe, it was a real pleasure to meet, and hear from you last night at the fire station. We hope to schedule some events in the future to help raise money, as well as collect this weekend. I hope you will be willing to help us in the future at the events we schedule. Your beautiful smile and great attitude will certainly help us. Thanks for the visit.

posted by Bob Cairnduff (Lieutenant) on September 3, 2004 08:56 AM

Dear Gabe,
Your story sounds so similiar to my own that it is scary. I am 24, have FA, and didn't start using a chair untill after HS. But that's not why I'm writng you. I live near Mundelein,IL, which is north of Chicago, and work at Lake County Cener for Independent Living as the Peer Mentor Advocate. My job as peer menor advocate is to match youths with disabilities up to adults with similiar diablities who would like to be their mentor. I think it is very important for a child with a disability to have the opportunity to have someone to relate to.
I was wondeng if you would be willing to come speak at Disbilty Mentoring Day on Oct. 20 for 20-25 min. about overcoming your disability.
It would an honor to hae you speak as well as meeting you.


Christa Keime
Youth Mentor Advocate
377 N. Seymour Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060

posted by Christa Keime on September 3, 2004 07:40 AM

Hi Gabe, I know what your life is like, I have LIMB-Girdle muscular dystrophy myself,all throu my childhood I had two coonhounds that was a part of my life two,Viset http://www.kenscorner.com for the story, Good bless and never give up on life.

posted by Ken Whetsell on September 2, 2004 04:51 AM

Hi Gabe,
My name is Heather I live in Cleveland ohio. I also have a disability I have Cerbral Palsy. I was born with it. Your story was so good! I thought I could e-mail you. My life was interested! How is Izzy? I hope we can keep in touch!

posted by Heather Rogers on August 30, 2004 08:34 AM

Hi Gabrielle

I read yur story in the Fenton supplement of the Flint Journal. It's so sad all thats happened to you and what you've had to put up with but I'm sure its all for a purpose. Sometimes life just doesn't seem fair at all. It's nice to know you have accepted the challenge and are making the most of it. My hat's off to you! I can empathise with you on the bullying because I remember being picked on alot when I was in junior high by kids I thought were my friends. When I changed schools in high school they wouldn't have anything at all to do with me. It made me feel like crap. Hven't seen you on Animal Planet but remember hearing about it awhile back. Will be looking for it. Hang tough!

Mike Smith

posted by Mike Smith on August 30, 2004 08:11 AM

hello gabe,
my name is ryan robert reeves,and i live in sunman indiana,i am married with two children,one is nine,and the youngest is 4.to make a long story short i just can't exspress how touched i was to here your story on animal planet on the 30th of august.to try to understand the mental and physical pain you must have went through in school is just unimaginable.someone in your condition to look the world in the face and say "your not gonna bring me down today" is very uplifting for me.next time i have a little ache or pain i will just remember your beutiful smile and say "world,your not bringing me down today"......thankyou,,,,thankyou so very much.

posted by ryan reeves on August 30, 2004 07:11 AM

Hi Gabe,

I wrote you before, my name is Ginny Cicchini and the magazine got in
touch with me also to put my post in Quest. I was thrilled you liked
it...thanks.We just finished watching your show. We had a reminder on our fridge since your article appeared in Quest. It was great and inspirational to others We loved Izzy!!!!. I related to a lot of what you said. I am happy that you are going out more and eventually I know you will feel more confident when you do. I felt the same way as my condition progressed, but eventually realized that people are not making fun of you or even feeling sorry for you, they are amazed and impressed by what you CAN DO. I do alot independently and find that when I do have a problem, someone is there to help (I really believe someone is watching over me), many times the help comes from a total stranger and they are always happy to help. If I could help someone I will without thinking and that is how others feel too when they help us. We are examples to others and give them strength.I want also to say to you that your Mother is wonderful and an inspiration as well and was great on the show. You can write back if you get a chance.Take care Ginny

posted by Ginny Cicchini on August 28, 2004 02:48 PM

Gabrielle, my name is Ben Kampel, I am 21, and I live in Long Beach, CA. On August 27 after getting home from work at 8:30 A.M., I watched your show on Animal Planet. At this point, I would like to make mention that I do not suffer from a muscular disease. I have never heard of Freidreich's Ataxia. It doesn't look like the most comfortable way to live, and I am very sorry that you have to live with this. That being said, I will get to the other reason I wrote you this letter. I just wanted...no, I felt I had to tell you that I find you to be the most beautiful person I have ever seen in my life. Immediately after the show, I jumped on the internet and spent about half an hour finding a way to contact you. Whether the fact that you are so strong-minded, and just seem to shrug the disease off as if it were a common cold has anything to do with why I find you so stunning, I am not sure. But I am sure that I you are a goregous person, and you bring the quality of the whole of human beings up a dramatic amount. Now, I'm sure you're busy, as I've read on your website that you have been asked to speak at various functions on behalf of persons with muscular diseases, so I wont expect a response to this email. One is not necessary even if you don't feel like it. I just wanted to let you know how I felt.

Everyone has to play the hand that they're dealt, they have no choice. The trick is what you do before the cards go down. You have a royal flush, so go all in.

Benjamin Kampel

P.S. Say hello to Izzy for me. :)

posted by Ben Kampel on August 28, 2004 10:12 AM

Gabrielle, my name is Ben Kampel, I am 21, and I live in Long Beach, CA. On August 27 after getting home from work at 8:30 A.M., I watched your show on Animal Planet. At this point, I would like to make mention that I do not suffer from a muscular disease. I have never heard of Freidreich's Ataxia. It doesn't look like the most comfortable way to live, and I am very sorry that you have to live with this. That being said, I will get to the other reason I wrote you this letter. I just wanted...no, I felt I had to tell you that I find you to be the most beautiful person I have ever seen in my life. Immediately after the show, I jumped on the internet and spent about half an hour finding a way to contact you. Whether the fact that you are so strong-minded, and just seem to shrug the disease off as if it were a common cold has anything to do with why I find you so stunning, I am not sure. But I am sure that I you are a goregous person, and you bring the quality of the whole of human beings up a dramatic amount. Now, I'm sure you're busy, as I've read on your website that you have been asked to speak at various functions on behalf of persons with muscular diseases, so I wont expect a response to this email. One is not necessary even if you don't feel like it. I just wanted to let you know how I felt.

Everyone has to play the hand that they're dealt, they have no choice. The trick is what you do before the cards go down. You have a royal flush, so go all in.

Benjamin Kampel

P.S. Say hello to Izzy for me. :)

posted by Ben Kampel on August 28, 2004 10:11 AM

Hello I just saw the Pet Story program on animal planet. I just want to tell how close to my heart your story is. I myself have a neuromuscular disease, CMT and I can relate to you in many ways. I didn't have friends to begin with and to have ones turn on you would be awfully painful I'm sure. I'm sorry, and I know you don't like people to feel sorry for you or you for yourself, I totally agree with you. However I know for myself it feels good to have someone give me some credit for handling the condition. Please try to stay happy. Oh and I have really close bond with my new puppy Cherish that bond you have thats one individual you'll know will never give up on you.

posted by Gary on August 27, 2004 08:51 AM

Hey gabe someone from Quest emaild me and they are going to put my post that you liked so much in the next magizine Thank you so much

posted by tiffani Hortman on August 23, 2004 05:55 AM

hi Gabe how are you?

Someone from quest emailed me and told me you passed on my lil story about the fundraiser I;m doing, thank you for that. I just did a newspaper aricle on it and rhought I would pass on the link http://www.eagletribune.com/framesets/news.htm

you have to click loocal news and then 'Its LA or Bust" anyone here can read it if you want.

ok talk to ya later Gabe and I can;t waite for the show on AP


posted by Brian Donovan on August 18, 2004 05:09 PM

This blog is pretty interesting, will add a bookmark, thanks.

posted by Shannon on August 16, 2004 11:17 PM

Hi Gabe it was great to read your story. I am looking forward for your story on Animal Planet. I am from India and suffering from Becker Muscular Dystrophy but i am not giving up. YOu also please dont give up. Keep up the good work. I would love to meet you someday. That would be a dream come true to meet you. Wishing you the very best.

posted by Manish S on August 16, 2004 09:25 AM

Thanks for the link to this page

posted by Taylor on August 11, 2004 10:48 PM


posted by JUDY T on August 8, 2004 11:09 PM

hi my name is chris givens. i am 22 yrs old and i have duchennes muscular dystrophy. i was dignosed when was 5 yrs old. i also graduated from college in 2002. i have a degree in computer information systems. you are truly an inspritation to us all. i will watch your on aug. 27. it is hard, but with all the love of friends and family you can get through anything. i would like to hear from you. thank you. bye

posted by chris givens on August 6, 2004 03:56 PM

Hi Gabe, I saw your story the first time it aired. I have what is called Raynauds and have to stay in bed with heating pads to keep me
warm. Not much fun. I too was made fun of at school because of my speech and my so called friends don't remember doing any of it. But that is all in the past. Now I'm just trying to keep warm mainly in
my hands and feet. I will watch Pet Story again for you. Hope all is
well with you and could I e-mail you. Your friend, Cathy

posted by Cathy Rublee on August 5, 2004 07:45 PM

Hi Gabe, I work for Southwest Airlines, and your mother wrote in about your flights with us. You are an inspiration, and your mom is right, you will dance again, you ARE dancing now, but in a different way than planned. Your work on the stage given to you is important, and you will touch others, many that you will never see....like myself. You add beauty to life in a visual and spiritual way.....All the best from Southwest.....and me personally. Anderson

posted by Anderson Kelly on August 3, 2004 09:09 AM

Hi my name is Angelica and I had read your article in the Quest magazine and I thought that your story is very cool. I am a 12/f from Delaware who has a 10-year-old brother whose name is Jesus (pronounced hay-seuss) with Nemaline Myopathy, from which my parents tell me its a extremely rare muscle disease. It has been affecting him since birth. Its very hard living with this but I manage. Recently, my family and I have to cope with a lot of stress because denials we have received on things my brother needs for day-to-day life. I dont think its fair Jesus has to suffer because the state decides what my brother needs and what he dosent need! Even with that in mind, we still have fun, mainly on weekends. I know from dozens and dozens of post, that everybody says that when you have time send them an email, but i want my parents to know what you think of our story. And if you know anyone or have the email address of someone or someone that is close to somebody with Nemaline Myopathy, can you please give me their email address because I want my brother to know that there are many people that are going through the same thing. Thanx! :)

posted by Angelica on August 3, 2004 01:28 AM

My name is nicky I am a 20/f from oklahoma with FA belive it or not lol. I saw your story on animal planet cause I love animals as well, and then I recieved your magazine artical to in Quest. I just wanted you to know I loved your story I have the same exact things going on in my life. I too walked across the stage at graduation and also denied the wheelchair and hid my disease from everyone back home when I went to college it was like a whole new life for me and I learnd to except the wheelchair. I have lots of animals and I too think and have always thought of them to be someone to talk to who would listen and understand your problems you knnow.Anyway I just thought you would find my story intresting cause I thought of yours that way,and I would really like to hear from you.

posted by nicky h on August 1, 2004 11:05 PM

Hi Gabe,
I read your article in QUEST and had to show it to all of my family...I don't even know you, but I share the same thoughts and emotions as you. I am 25 and have FA. My dog is my best friend too, even though he's pretty bad:) You are really making a difference to a lot of people. Thank you and good luck with everything you're doing!!

posted by Kim on August 1, 2004 09:52 PM

~Hey. I am helping out MDA in a fundraiser for
research and a summer camp which I am a
part of. The camp is for childern with
progressive disabilities. I wasn't going to do
this at first, but now I am wanting to help out
and give something back. Ya know how it
goes. Anyways, if you want to donate anything,
pleez let me know. Anything would be greatly
appriciated. Thanx.

~Gabe, this is mainly for other people to read. Thank you for considering donating.

posted by Sarah Calvello on July 31, 2004 03:41 PM

I was sent this site by a friend whose daughter also suffers with FA this is wonderful to see because her daughter has lost all hope in life and maybe this can give her something to look up too!!!! thank you for sharing this with those who are interested!!!

posted by Lori dove on July 29, 2004 11:12 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy

Just read your article in Quest. I was inspired, I have charcot-marie. I have had it problay all my life and no one knew. They found it when I had carpel tunnel surgery. I have my up and down days. I tire easily and cannot walk long distances but I keep my chin up. You and izzy are an amazing pair. I have a bassett and a chow and they are the best friends for listening. They help me to keep my spirits high. You hang in there. Shirley

posted by Shirley on July 29, 2004 01:03 PM

I just had to write to you. I just read your story in Quest, and it sounds alot like mine.
I am 26 years old, I also have FA, which was diagnosed when I was 15. I also spent most of my high school years trying to "hide" my condition. Although it was difficult, I tried to lead a somewhat "normal" life. I had a steady girlfriend, danced at my senior prom, and walked across the stage at my high school graduation,
It was not untill I was 21 that after many years of pleading but my family and doctors that I began using a motorized scooter. But now, I am totally dependant on a wheelchair of some sort.
I am still able to drive, work full-time, go to college part-time, and live on my own (with my Sheltie, Rudy!)--I understand, Rudy is my BEST friend.
I live in Indianapolis, IN. and would really enjoy seeing you speak.
Please stay in touch--I really admire what you are doing.

Timothy M. Houser

posted by Timothy Houser on July 28, 2004 05:30 PM

Dear Gabe, first of all, I wanted to say hi. I read your article in the MDA Quest magazine. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and am 24 years old. Your article reminded me about my high school days. I had a few friends, and was lucky enough not to get picked on. I got bullied earlier, in elementary school. There were taunts and pushings and being made fun of the way that I walked. I don't recall being hit, just knocked down a few times. School is a rough time for everyone, more so for people that aren't like everyone else. Your article was very inspiring. I am a naturally optimistic person; it's more fun to be happy, and your article lifted my spirits even higher. Thank you so much. You just made a new friend. If you want to talk, send me an email. Take care, you and Izzy both.

posted by John Swinler on July 25, 2004 09:39 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy, my friend Mike who has a form of muscular dystrophy told me about you and your site. I just want you to know that you will always be in my prayers. God Bless!

posted by Ness on July 21, 2004 03:04 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy,
This was a very interesting site for me. I am so glad you are so brave and have the courage you have. I am happy for you that you can be who you are. I am 39 and losing children to mitochondrial myopathy which I also have myself. Sometimes at this age I still don't who I am or what I should be doing.
Thank You for sharing your story .
Take care, Vickie Cornish - Lincoln NE.

posted by Vickie Cornish on July 21, 2004 07:20 AM

Dear Gabe, I havent seen you and izzy's show yet. I am looking forward to seeing it in august. I will tape it for my son who has Beckers MD. I know he will relate totally. We also have dogs who are healing to all of us. They are sweet souls. My son was bullied and laughed at so badly in school. He reacted the same as you. I pry that something will come to him the way it has you and heal him. He is still so self concious. He ( Chas.) is 22 years old and still hears people make fun and laugh. I am so happy for you. This gives me hope and I hope it will my son also. If you write pen pals, please keep us in mind. thanks again for being so brave. Kelly

posted by kelly soriano on July 21, 2004 01:55 AM

Gabe, you are an amazing young woman and should be proud of yourself for realizing what some people never do. First to live your life and second to make a difference, no matter what obstacles we face.I am sure others will be inspired by you. I am 47 and have FSH Muscular Dystrophy. I work full time in a medical laboratory and go to school part time. I get around in a power chair and
have a van with a ramp. I wake up everyday smiling, happy to be able to lead a very normal life. I have great people around me, which helps makes my life great.
Unfortunately we have MD, but I do believe it makes us stronger and gives us insight that others may never have. I will be watching you and Izzy on Animal Planet. It would be great to hear from you if you have the time. Thanks. Ginny Cicchini

posted by Ginny Cicchini on July 19, 2004 06:12 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy, I read your story in the Quest magazine, and
I thought it was a wonderful story! My name is Jason, and I am 23
years old. I have duchenne muscular dystrophy. I remember how
shy I was in school also. I remember how hard it was to make
friends, because of my disability. I think your story is an
inspiration to everyone that has a disability. Thank you for your
story! Take care!

posted by Jason Kaderlik on July 19, 2004 04:30 PM

Anyone know where I can read up on more info on this

posted by popupblocker on July 16, 2004 08:04 PM

I just want to say that Gabe should be proud of the things she has done. I too am dealing with life's problems as a neuro disease person. After reading the article in Quest mag. It made me feel good that she if finally getting out and starting to enjoy life again. I am 48 and reecently sold my business because it was just to much for me to handle anymore, I recently went on disability very reluctantly after almost twenty yrs of saying I never would I finally had to. reading Gabe's story made me feel good and I may try and find something else I can do. I'd like to correspond with Gabe if she would like to I would appreciate it. She might get me going again.
Thanks Larry Ruebke

posted by Larry Ruebke on July 14, 2004 06:34 PM

Hey that is a wonderful story. My name is Dave i work with your dad at self serve lumber he has told me alot about you and when i seen your article in the Quest Magazine i felt like i needed to get on your website and tell you what i thought about your story. I dont think it could of gotten any better u did a great job and i hope to read another one of them. Well i wish you and izzy a wonderful life and keep your chin up. You have a realy special father tell him hi for me thanks bye.

Dave Marsh

posted by David Marsh on July 14, 2004 02:48 PM

Thank you for writing your story .My nephews boy has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ,it seems to be the only friends he has is family. Dillon can still walk yet the docters are trying to see what can be done to keep him walking as long as possible.I hope that you and Izzy's story will reach out to all the people who are in need of some sun will be able to read you letter.I would like to finish with a small set of words that I had first wrote over twenty years ago.Though most my friends live so far I see them at night upon the stars .Times come and go as life will be there still friends upon the stars to me.Thank you and Izzy for printing your story.

posted by KEVIN OLSON on July 14, 2004 06:01 AM

Loved your story. You and Izzy are an inspiration. My daughter Leanne has Friedrich's Ataxia and has had many ups and downs. She was diagnosed the year she graduated from H.S and is now 43yrs. old. Everyday is a challenge for her and many others with MD....she has gone through the depression, etc. But still manages to make me laugh when I am down.
Thanks for a wonderful story.
Joni Hudson

posted by Joni Hudson on July 13, 2004 04:13 PM

Wonderful what you and Izzy are doing. my son had duchenne dystrophy
and when he was alive I made him the first poster child for MDA in
Jackson and Hillsdale county in MI. I was march chairman for both
counties at the time and had patient services. His name was Duane
Everett and he was such a happy guy. I always prayed that something
would come up to stop all dystrophys and with your help that might
happen..Good Luck to you and Izzy and may the angels help you with
this great thing and remember to smell the angel wings when they are
near helping you because they are all the children that have passed
to the next world from dystrophy they are behind you with courage
and admiration for what you and Izzy are doing for the next generation and for the present. Thank you the two of you from the
bottom of my heart.

posted by caz Richardson on July 13, 2004 08:20 AM

what a great story. keep your chin up as i know what it's like being down. my name is donavon decker and i live in south dakota.
you might have heard my name about 5 years ago as i was the man that under went the gene therapy. i can't believe that it's been 5 years aleady. i also am on a national oversight comittee at the national instutes of health. the committee is muscular dystrophy coordingating committee.
if you ever want to chat send me a note.
donavon decker

posted by donavon decker on July 12, 2004 10:41 PM

Gabe & Izzy, I think you are both very brave and I've seen your program on Animal Planet more than once. I have always believed that animals have the power to provide true unconditional love which heals us, comforts us, makes us laugh, entertains us and hurts us unbearably when they are gone. May you have each other for a very long time and bless you both.

posted by Mary Heines on July 12, 2004 02:33 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy, I saw your story on the People and Pets this morning and was very touched by it. I, myself, have been touched by an angel- my Black and Tan COonhound, MayBelle. A couple years ago I was injured in a car accident and as a result, suffered physically as well as mentally from great anxiety and depression. One day, I visited a local pet shop and met my MayBelle. She was rescued the day before from a neglectful owners. She had horrible mange and was later diagnosed with an incurable intestinal disease. In the past year and half we have helped each other heal. I still have chronic pain and will never be the same but her goofy antics and love help me to forget about them and smile. I admire your courage and strength and wish you both the best of luck in all that you do.
Thank you for your story.
Bless you,

posted by Kayt and Maybelle McAlonan on July 11, 2004 03:31 PM

your story is a great one! i am a meteorologist in tennessee. i am 44 and have been in a wheelchair since age 6 with MD but like you i am active, work and love life. your life story is such a great thing to help others cope with disability. i salute you and wish i was a friend of yours because you are a classy person !!

posted by Steve Norris on July 11, 2004 01:33 PM

I've just read your article in the MD magazine. I have a neuromuscular disease as well, and have 2 dogs. Kailey and Scooter are such a wonderful support. If I'm having a bad day where my body doesn't want to do anything, they just sit and look at me with there beautiful brown eyes. I don't know what I'd do without them.
I hope to catch your program on Animal Planet!

Laurie Young
Alberta, Canada

posted by Laurie Young on July 11, 2004 12:31 PM

hello gabe and izzy i just read the article about you guys i no how u feel i when i was 14 i was told by my doctor that i have to wear leg braces i didnt no what to do i felt so down that i wanted to run away but the next day i told my self think of the bright side iam still alive and well thats how i am feel but i can still do the same things i did before iam 27 and doing great iam thinking of have ankle fusion so i dont have to have braces any more now i work as a bus monitor and work with people that have the sam disibilty and i love it so i hope u guys are doing swell and hope u to get well soon take write back soon love dave

posted by Dave buchan on July 10, 2004 02:53 PM

Hello Gabrielle, I just caught your story in Quest magazine. I don't know if you recall but we exchanged a few E-mails about a year ago.

Glad to know everything is going well in your life. Stay strong :)

posted by Zack Doremus on July 9, 2004 05:45 PM

Hi Gabrielle, I read your article in "Quest" last night. It is an article that everyone with a form of muscular dystrophy or other neuromuscular disorder needs to read. It is great that you have Izzy:) You are an amazing person!:) I will be sure to watch the August replay of yours and Izzy's story:)

I have a form of muscular dystrophy. Before 7th grade I was picked on by other students at school like you were picked on at school. Once I appeared on the local Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon just a week after 7th grade began for me, many students at that new school saw me on there and I think that is why they never picked on me (i'm sure they explained to other students why I was different). Many of the same students that attended my middle school later attended my high school that was only a few blocks down the street...so they understood why I was different. However, throughout middle school and high school I kept to myself mostly, socializing very little with other students (I did not feel like I was fully accepted by them). Now I no longer walk and I use a motorized wheelchair. I also now use a ventilator to breathe (have used a ventilator since 1999). I have a 13 year old son and both of us live with my parents.

Everyday I chat online and I have 3 instant messengers: MSN Messenger, AIM and Yahoo Messenger. It would be great chatting with you online. So, in case you would like to chat with me online here are my usernames for the 3 instant messengers that I mentioned:

MSN Messenger: fcndtke91@comcast.net *(that's also my e-mail address)

AIM: jafan1st2003

Yahoo Messenger: jafan1st2003

You can e-mail me too if you like

Take care:)


posted by Mike on July 8, 2004 05:09 PM

Hi Gabrielle and izzy my Name is Dan I have Beckers Muscular Dystrophy and I'm 30 years old.I saw your story on animal planet and was very impressed by your spirit and drive too over come your disability and live your life with dignity. I am sorry that life in school was so rough for you I too was treated badly by students and bullies in school. Life for people like us and at that age is hard already I can't beleve they hurt you so bad you had too hide.I tell you I would have been friends with you in minute.Your dog has been a real friend for you too and what are the odds he would have a disability .I think it cool you have become a voice for bullied and handicapped young people someone needs too bring that too the forefront because these things leave a lasting effect on on your life,finally someone are age with Muscular Dystrophy speaking out against issues that hurt us so bad but make stronger.I would love too talk you sometime or even meet you sometime if that would be alright because I don't meet many people that are age with disabilities that I could talk too.I'm impressed that you can work a full time job thats great I think your going to be somone very important. I would love too see one of your books I'm kind of an artist myself so I would love too see it.so please write back that would mean so much too me.P.S I think your lovely inside and out!

posted by Dan Ludington on July 6, 2004 08:51 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy, I just receievd the recent copy of Quest and read your story. How blessed the two of you are to have each other! Animals are people to me and I think they play a very significant role in our lives. We take care of them, but they take care of us too! I have a 16-year old cat that has been quite sick off and on for the last year and we cherish each moment we have together. I'm glad Izzy is still there to take care of you and only you can take care of her in the way she needs! Thanks for sharing your story!

posted by Shari Schwantes on July 6, 2004 04:12 PM

Hi there,
I am 48 & have Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I have a service dog named Caesar, who will be 10 in September. We are very bonded like you & Izzy. We live in Connecticut, & enjoy meeting new people. If you would like to respond, that would be great! Talk soon, Barry...

posted by Barry Lapp on July 6, 2004 01:08 PM

I found your story inspiring. My son, Justin, is your age and also has FA. He attends UTSA; majoring in Biology. We don't know of anyone else with FA, but I don't know if that is good or bad. God bless you and Izzy!

posted by Joni Shaum on July 6, 2004 01:05 PM

I read your story in the Quest magizine. You are an insperation! My youngest son has DMD. We are now going through a lot of the same issuses you dealt with with the bully and not wanting to go out. Thanks for the positive attitiude and coping advise. It is wonderful that you are willing to share your story and inform others of what it is like having a neuromuscular disease. The more that people are informed, the better they can understand what it is like for you, my son and many others who live with a disability every day. THANK YOU!!!!

posted by Lori on July 6, 2004 09:29 AM

You touched my heart! Thank You: Barney I myself have cronic Psoriatic Arthritis (A REAL Challenge.

posted by Barney Provenzano on July 6, 2004 01:55 AM

Keep up the good work! I have spinal muscular atrophy and cheer you on all the way. You doing a great job!

posted by Jami Johnson on July 5, 2004 08:15 PM

I responding to your artilce that I saw in the July Quest mag - I myself have MD Myatonic - to be specific - I was diagnosed when I was 12. I've learned to live with this condition & never plan to give up the things that I love to do - even with restictions - visit my web site: http://wwww.soundinproductions. com - also if you would like to converse more on our disablities - which other people don't understand please email me & let's chat.

posted by Gregg on July 5, 2004 07:20 PM

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by KATHY EASLEY on July 5, 2004 01:33 PM

HI Gabe and Izzy - just read your article in Quest! I have CMT a form of MD also. Glad you left "the room" we can't let these diseases win! Keep on moving! Good luck

posted by Leanne on July 4, 2004 01:17 PM

~Hello, Gabe. I wrote you before, but I just have to say this. Sometimes it is very painful to tell your story, mainly because it brings up hurtful memories. I would really like to know how you can tell everyone something so personal. Please write to me if you get a chance. Thank you for your tome.


posted by ~Sarah Calvello~ on July 3, 2004 11:34 PM

Hi Gabrielle & Izzy,
I just read the story on you in Quest magazine.You and Izzy are truly amazing! I look forward to seeing the program on August 27th.
I'm sure it's great viewing.
Thanks for giving me a new perspective on dealing with my FSH !

posted by Steve on July 3, 2004 05:02 PM


I am Tom, an RN who works with my friend and patient John Scarcella who has Muscular Dystrophy. He is in his early 40's and has chronic respiratory failure and is ventilator dependent. He is the most courageous person I know. His strength gives me strength. I saw an article about you and your dog in Quest Magazine. You are very brave also and I respect all of your activities. I wish you luck with your children's book and would love to buy a copy when it comes out. You are very beautiful both inside and out. You should really persue being a model. Good luck in all you do!

God Bless You,


posted by Tom Barclay on July 3, 2004 02:39 AM

I have writen in to u before but i forgot to mention that i have been made fun of all this year i was an 8th grader and i am going to 9th grade soon i was teased because i use a wheel chair part time and some people think i am faking what i have but no one would fake having Muscular Dystrophy i would hope but i am hoping that i will make friends soon. I Just want to tell every one who has been teased dont ever let people bring u down if u want to talk MY email address is tifferjoe@yahoo.com i am 14 thanks love Tiffani Hortman

posted by Tiffani Hortman on July 2, 2004 09:13 PM

MY name is tiffani and i am 14 i was told when i was 5 that i have Muscular Dystrophy. Where i live there are only 3 girls that includes me that have the type JDM. This story has toched me so much. I have watched this story on Animal Planet every time it is on and i also read about this story in the Quest Magizean .When i was 7 i got a golden retriver named Dodger we have grown to love each other when i was young and could not clime stairs he would let me ride on his back Gabe you and izzy remind me of me and my dog thank's so much for sharing your story Love Tiffani Hortman

posted by Tiffani Hortman on July 2, 2004 09:06 PM

Gabe, what an inspiration you are! I was dx'd at 36 with Myotonic MD, and I thought my world had come to an end. I was a local government manager in Virginia, living my lifelong dream and, bam, all of a sudden I was so sick I could no longer walk on my own. Since that time I have been searching for a "purpose", or a "higher calling", if you will. I don't know if I have found it yet, but the reason I felt I had to write you was this: I had a Boston Terrier at the time I became ill in 2001; he died in 2002. I bought a new male the following summer, a female in October of 2003, and now am keeping the pick of the litter. So when my kids are in school during the day, I still feel like I have 3 kids at home! Dogs are therapeutic, no doubt about it. Other than that, after just reading your article, I need to say you should definitely model! You are a beautiful young woman, it doesn't matter whether you have a neuromuscular disorder. I have handled my disease well since I learned to laugh at all of the people who look at me; usually, I politely ask them if they would like to take a picture since it would last much longer! Anyway, the article in Quest was great, and you sound like a great person. You should join in sometime on our Wednesday Night Chat Group for MMD patients at 9:00 p.m. et on the MDAUSA web site. We welcome one and all dealing with neuromuscular disorders, and the group is quite spry and helpful. If you ever join in, my name on the chat board is "Bigboy." Take care and best of luck for what I know will be a blessed future!

posted by Marty Long on July 2, 2004 06:17 PM

Read about you in Quest. Glad you decided to leave that room. I was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle MD in 1962. I'm 64 now and like getting out among others. I have no pets just a small fish pond out back. My little get away, with a good book or just to think. I have not seen the show on Animal Planet, but plan on doing so in August. You keep at it and don’t let anything get you down. Take care, Ken

posted by Kenneth Robertson on July 2, 2004 03:49 PM

Ok, this isnt like me i have FA to. But unlike Gabe i just wanna deny it. But her story was so touching and it hit home for me. See i normally dont even read bout my disease because of the denial but my mom made me lol. I'm 20 and everything she said i do. I havent found a reason yet so i hide away in my room. O and Gabe i absolutely fear when people look at me when im out it drives me insane. But i haven't got anything to keep me going. Ill be honest i cry myself to sleep alot. But anyway thanks for your awesome story in Quest. O im 20 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Question: What do you think bout marriage? I date some but it ends cause i just dont like the public. Like since you are over your fear is it easier to date and consider marriage?

posted by Ryan on July 2, 2004 12:19 AM

Just read your story today in "Quest" I have MG and my dog helps keep me going,thanks for the article.

posted by Carl on July 1, 2004 09:43 PM

Hey Gabe,
How are you? My name is Brian I'm 31 and also have Friedreich's its funny Because we almost are the same person... although I didn't wanna do ballet I wanted to be a cop Till I hit High school it was diognosed FA when I was 15 I knew being a cop wasn't gonna happen sophmore year so my friend got me in the Idea of writing movies but I think I'm more funny so I wanna act. In the summer of 2005 I have a goal of driving a pouer wheelchair from Mass to Cali as a fundraiser for an Independent Living Center near where I live, I used to work there with disabled youths and figured the programs there need funding so I will do it for them. I read your quest article like 5 mins ago. I heafr ya about being bullied in school, mine wasn't physical just verbal I think it was because I hung out with 3 other guys that if somthing happend to one of us the others would take a bat to the other person...lol you are very beautiful also and could for sure do the modeling thing.. I don't know if you respond to these posts but if u do I hope to hear from u soon


posted by Brian Donovan on July 1, 2004 03:07 PM

Hi Gabe, my name is Dustin and I live in Baton Rouge, LA. I just got through reading an article about you and Izzy and wanted to write you. I'm 20 now and was also diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease when I was 12. Its called HNPP and affects mostly my arms and legs. I can remember not being able to do many things such as walking up stairs and being made fun of. I can really relate to a lot of what your saying about getting down and shutting out. I was like that too, but I also realized there was a better way. In a way I am thankful for all of the teasing and such because it has made me a lot nicer person because I know what it feels like to be ridiculed. Anyway, your story really touches me, and you sound like a wonderful person. Also, a very good looking woman, if I may say so. Anyway, if you can find some extra time, drop me a line and let me know how things are going.
Thank you so much,

posted by Dustin Mitchell on July 1, 2004 02:28 AM

~Hello, I hope you are doing well. I have just read your article in the Quest magazine, and I think what you are doing is very admirble. I have FA, and I know going though your school years if you are different is very hard. I am still not completley over some things that happened to me. I also have a dog, Kamalanie, and she is disabled, too. Oh, not the way Izzy is, but she got hit in the face as a puppy and her nose is crocked. Her hips are caroded, and she walks like a side-winder. Like you, I know the bond between a person and a dog can really help get through tough times, and I thank you for making people aware of your story. It would be hard for me to tell mine. You are a very admirble person. Please send me a note soon: sarahmahina@yahoo.com

~Thank you for your ime.

posted by Sarah Calvello on July 1, 2004 01:27 AM

Hey Gabe! My name is Lauren Bogucki and I too have FA and am totally animal crazy! I'm 14 I was diagnosed when I was 8 I am in a wheelchair but can still walk a short distance with help. I love your dog Izzy! I have a hamster (joey) and 3 horses and 2 dogs, onew is a maltese (sadie) and one is a lab (lucky). Butt I am hoping for my own dog soon! I no I already have to but they always run away from me and don't like me, but I think the reason they r scared is because I was not in wheelchair when they were young so they could not get used to it. I have seen u on Animal Planet 23 times now! All I do is watch animal planet and mtv! well wow this was great to write to u, e-mail me back MissHollywood12@yahoo.com and I also have a AIM s/n xcrazyboguckix

posted by Lauren Bogucki on June 30, 2004 08:11 PM

I just read your story in the Quest magazine. It is awesome what u r doing, and good luck for your future plans!! I can relate sooooooo much with u. I also have FA. I was diagnosed also at 12. I am 30 now (gasp) and am planning to graduate in May 2005 with my bachelors degree in public relations from the Univ. of North Texas. BTW, I live in Ft. Worth, Texas and during school I live in a dorm. I would love to hear from u. I know u r busy so only if u want. Thank u for your story. My dog is also the best. I will keep u and Izzy in my prayers

posted by STEPHANIE KILGORE on June 30, 2004 07:50 PM

I just read your story in the Quest magazine. It is awesome what u r doing, and good luck for your future plans!! Thank u for your story. Stephanie Kilgore

posted by STEPHANIE KILGORE on June 30, 2004 07:37 PM

just wanted to let you know that i read your article in "quest" today and was happy to see a beautiful, young girl, like yourself, telling your story. i too, am a 26 year old female dealing with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and have since i was diagnosed in 1990. i now own a needlepoint shop in my home town and design needlepoint canvases for people all over the world. it's a great thing to let others know what you're dealing with and that it doesn't stop you from living. i have a shih-tzu named mo, that i love with all of my heart, like you do izzy. it's amazing how comforting and loyal pets can be. i wish you great success and many wonderful moments in your life.
ashley bradley - myrtle beach, sc

if you ever get a minute, go to my website and drop me a line:

posted by ashley bradley on June 30, 2004 07:22 PM

Hi gabe, i just read ur article in quest and wondered if maybe u would like to corresponde if u hav time, im 24 and also have FA, so if ur interested my e-mail is above and i hope to hear from u. I just read how many notes were posted just today so I'll understand if i dont here from u, but regardless u have an incredible story and i can relate to parts of it so keep doing what ur doin because ur an inspiration to me and others like us!

posted by Nathan Meyer on June 30, 2004 06:03 PM

Thank You. I have spent the last 19 years (diagnosed with SMA at age 10 and 29 now) running from myself because of the fear of what others think of me. Reading your story in Quest opened my eyes and made me see what I have been doing all these years. I felt like I was writing the story myself word for word in regards to your feelings of anger, abandonment, shamefulness. I'm not sure what I will do going forward, but I will keep your story close to my heart. Thank you again for sharing your story.
Every once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places if we look at it right...shane

posted by Shane Hollen on June 30, 2004 04:48 PM

just writin to let you know i'm only 27 and have a myotonic dystrophy which is also a rare disease that weakens every muscle in your body just love to also share my heart w/ you in an e-mail or phone but i know ur busy but write back when u can

posted by michael viars on June 30, 2004 02:57 PM

Lizzy, just keep going and do what the Lord put you here to do. You have been an encouragement to me and I am sure to others also that has this disease or another disease as well. Good luck in your ventures in the future. You don't know who you may help.
thanks star

posted by star on June 30, 2004 02:07 PM

I know you are probably sick of reading all these comments so I’ll try to keep it short. I am 24 and I currently live in Albuquerque NM. I was diagnosed with Beckers Muscular Dystrophy when I was 16. I went through some of the same problems in high school where I grew up (Glen Cove, NY). I made plenty of friends in high school but I was always a little slower than everybody else physically. I was made fun of a little but started letting a few people know what was wrong with me Senior year. I had Muscle weakness in HS but not as bad as know. I moved to New Mexico to attend University of NM when I was 17 all by myself, I never finished school but made some friends and had some fun. I am currently not in a wheelchair yet but my doctors and family want me to be. I fall allot sometimes without notice, I can't walk up stairs and I walk a little funny and sometimes people stare but that doesn't bother me as much. I been working full time as a Customer Service Rep and have been working at the same place for the past 3 years (most my co-workers know because I use the handicap space and fall occasionally). I have my own house, a dog, 2 cats, and two fish tanks. I thought I shouldn't work much longer but I found out if I want to live on my own and not move back in with my parents it looks like I'll have to work as long as I'm able. I will probably be in a wheelchair in a couple of years. I read your article in Quest last year and it was the first time a heard a story similar to my own but I haven't needed to undergo any surgery. I wish you best of luck and just wanted to let you know you’re not alone. It sucks but it was just the cards in life we were dealt. Feel free to email me anytime. I know I said I would keep this short but I got a little long winded.

posted by Paul on June 30, 2004 12:57 PM

Hey Gabrielle,

I love your website and hope we can be friends. Your dog is so cute and so are you. You are my idol now. You are a true American Idol. bye


posted by Juan on June 30, 2004 11:05 AM

Hello Gabe,

How are you? My name is Juan from Texas. I also have muscular dystrophy and i have Becker MD. I read your article in Quest and its great. I would love to wish you the best and hope we can be friends. bye


posted by Juan Zamora on June 30, 2004 09:59 AM

Morning Gabrielle,Wanted to thank you for your article in Quest this month.I was diagnosed with a muscle disease a few years ago and i know some of same feelings everyone goes through.I have 2 dogs at the moment (Buddy + Milly) which is actually my x-wifes dog and daughters.Dont ever sell yourself short your a beatiful girl....Jay

posted by Jay Proctor on June 30, 2004 08:28 AM

I just recently read a story on the two of you through "Quest Magazine", I must say I did feel sad. I myself have muscluar dystrophy and I have dog to keep me company, It would be really hard to get along without him. He is my buddy, I talk to him, and treat him like a good friend. He is there always giving kisses and wagging his tail, plus he is a protector by nature. My buddy is a Rotweiler...

posted by Joe on June 30, 2004 01:05 AM

I read about you in Quest. I would love to share thoughts with you. I too have a canine as a Best Friend. I share all my intimate thoughts with her. I have a nueromuscular diease called Myasthenia Gravis. I have been living with it my whole life, but just got correctly diagnosed with MG in 2002. I live in Ohio, and would love to communicate with you. God Bless, and Take Care!

posted by Julie on June 29, 2004 09:52 PM

Read the article in QUEST magazine about your disease and that of your dogs. It sure helps to have a pet along for the ride when things get tough.

I think your idea of going to schools and educating people about muscle diseases is great. I was one of those that tried to hide my condition. The muscle weakness and having them lock up can be a real hinder in a society that values athletic ability. It seems, as you get older the views of others shift and begin to focus more on your accomplishments and less on physical ability. As luck would have it I can still go on my own with out any aid. I teach at college level now and find that fulfilling. Keep up the good work and thanks for your efforts.

posted by Erik on June 29, 2004 05:02 PM

Hi, really enjoyed your website! I also just sent you an email. Keep up the good work!

posted by Andrea Fantacci on June 29, 2004 01:49 PM

hi i am writing to let you know that you should never hid from any one or any thing i have myasthenia gravis it is a muscle weakness i found out about it in 1998 i was 47 worked in a furnture factory and was a part time prowrestler when i started getting sick i was like you i tried to hide it after i found out what it was i told every one i could yea some people dont understand but they are the ones you dont need i had the sopport of my family and ture friends thats all you need i am glad you found your self and now travel talking about you health i was 47 yrs old at the time iafter i could not work wretsle ride my motorcycle take my boat out on the lake i was down but i pulled my self out of it and like goes on i am 53 now still cannt work but i get on with my lfe and those who want to look at me and others cause they have something they dont understand i say the h*** with them you go girl kept on kepting on i read your story in the quest i get every mounth but dont let the ones who look at you get you down go for the gold hope that youcome to NC i would like to meet you and you wonderful dog some time

posted by jeffrey lever on June 29, 2004 01:29 PM

Hi my name is david im a 20 male living in tx,and i also in high school only had a few friends i didnt want to tell anyone else about my problem either who didnt already know i just read the article in quest magazine. I just wanted to tell you that you are a very strong women, i know where your coming from i have a muscular disease called barters syndrome where i also get weak and cant walk i also get paralyzed for a couple of hours and am almost always have cramps but i just wanted to tell you that you are strong and your story inspires me to be strong as well and also about you becoming a model like you say you want to i think you can cause you are very pretty you truly are an inspiration

posted by David on June 29, 2004 03:40 AM

I read your story, and it was very inspired. In 1992, I got Lyme disease and so did my dog. I had to put him to sleep because there was no help for him. For a year I was in a wheelchair, however medications help me to walk again. I have permenent neuro damage in my legs and seizures. However I thank God for what walking I can do and that medications help somewhat keep the seizures under control. Never give up, no matter what happen. Oh I forgot to tell you the other thing, I have started loosing my vision since 86.

posted by Daniel on June 28, 2004 09:54 PM

hi gabe... my name is jessica and im 15 years old. i also have a muscular diesies called congential muscular dystrophy. im having the same problem you did in high school. i just started high school last agust, and so far its hasnt been that good social wise. I've tried talking to people (im really shy in public) but they look at me like im from mars or something (im also in a wheelchair and cant do to much on my own) and i dont know what to do. all my friends that i had before act like they dont even know me and never have.... im really lost do you have any advice? i read your article and it was cool...i'll try to catch your show when it comes on again....i also have a dog sorta like izzy, she is a miniture dobermin pincher and her name is sunny. shes really sweet and she is the first dog that ive had that i can actually hold in my lap...lol...well i better get going, i hope that you get back to me asap..... Jessica... morton_chick@hotmail.com

posted by Jessica Morton on June 28, 2004 09:40 PM

Hi Gabe,
How are you & Izzy? Good I hope. My name is Kathy Richter. I read your story today when I got the monthly magazine. Your story sounds alittle bit like mine when it comes to cats & dogs.
When it comes to me. I was told 15 years ago that I had Charcot-Marie-tooth Disease but they was wrong. I have Hereditary-Sentry-Autonomic-Neuropathy- Type 2. I'm a 41 year old woman and been through 61 surgeries but I never give up. I keep trying to fight this stuff. I never got to tell anyone out there in the real world what it going on with me. I'd like to know how to do what you did. Well I'll close for now. Take care & say hi to Izzy - Kathy
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posted by Kathy Richter on June 28, 2004 09:28 PM

hi i read your article in quest. i have FA to. and i was wondering if u would like to be penpals.

posted by amanda on June 28, 2004 08:10 PM

Hi, I am 23 years old and I have FA. My 22 year old sisteer, Betsy, does, too. I read your article in Quest today and found myself totally relating to you. I know what a blessing from God pets are--we have 2 dogs and 5 cats. I also know what it is like to feel like your dreams are destroyed and taken away from you by this disease. But, God knows what is best, and He always take you where you need to be. If you ever want to talk, feel free to email me--it would be great to have someone to talk to who understands what we go through.

posted by Emily on June 28, 2004 05:31 PM

i really enjoyed your site . i have a 14 yr old with FA.Chrystal would be interested in hearing from you.Here is our email address bassettmom1@msn.com

posted by mindy hunter on June 28, 2004 02:14 PM

Hi Gabe!

My name is Vince. I am 56 years old and have had FSHD since twelve. I have a brother, sister, and niece also with FSHD.

I read your story in Quest and was moved! I wanted to email you but could not find your address on your site. Please email me so that I may write back. Thanks.


posted by vince cavo on June 27, 2004 11:55 AM

Hi Gabe,
I really enjoyed seeing you and Izzy on Animal Planet. I understand how you felt going through school,as I was diagnosed with C.M.T when I was 13. Kids can be cruel and unfortunately ignorant. Never forget you're dreams,and never give up. Neuromuscular research has came quite far in recent years. Thank you for the inspiration kiddo! :-)
sincerely, Morty Chinnock

posted by Morty Chinnock on June 27, 2004 03:50 AM

I think this website is really great I also would like to know more about Gabe.

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posted by BOB SHUMAN on June 25, 2004 11:37 PM

Dearest Gabrielle:
I just saw your show this morning, and found your site tonight. I want you to know that it is your wonderous story, and the thousands of others like it, that are what have helped me to decide to become a Neurologist. I am driven forward by a wish: to connect to, enrich, and enhance the lives of deserving and wonderful people like you, who no doubt will also enrich my life.
I still have a very long and very painfully difficult way to go to achieve this, but thinking of your story will help me to 'keep fighting', and not let difficulty sway me.
Everyone has said that you are beautiful but I still have to say it myself- it's true! :o)... And I wish that I were as beautiful as you...
Don't let up on your dreams; I know you wouldn't and neither will I. I wish you the best on your journeys!
~~~<@ Pamela

posted by Pamela on June 24, 2004 10:07 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy, I don't know if you remember me but when you traveled through Phoenix myself and Jason helped you take Izzy out to use the bathroom. I hope all is going well with both of you and I hope you are having a good summer. If you ever make it back to Phoenix I would love to see you both again. Take care, Rande

posted by Rande Garcia on June 4, 2004 09:46 PM

Dear Gabrielle & Izzy:
My name is John (Flash is a Nickname), I am a Customer Service Supervisor for Southwest Airlines in Phoenix Arizona. I heard all about your last visit from your mom and my Co-workers Rande & Jason. I hope that when you pass through PHX again that I'll be working so I can meet the Amazing Izzy & Gabe. Have a great Summer.

LUV from the Desert


posted by John "Flash" Williams on June 4, 2004 05:57 PM

hi gabe, I would really like to purchase a t-shirt, but I do not have pay pal or a credit card, is there anyway I could send a money order? thank you.

posted by jill pringle on June 3, 2004 07:05 AM

Hi Gabe,
Today I was at work on Captain Memos Pirate Cruise in Clearwater, Florida. Minutes before boarding Dimond Diane came up to me and asked if I would mind coming out and talking with a little girl named Madeline because she was a little scared that we were bad pirates. Jewel Theif Julie and myself went over and talked with her and set her mind at ease. Once we boarded the ship I began talking with you mom about how much she loved Florida. I'm not sure how it came up but she told me your story and gave me your web site to check out.

Your story is touching, and it has given me insite into my own health problem. Last September I was diagnosed with a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) which is a blood clot. After 6 months of treatment I found out that it hadn't worked. I was diagnosed with a Chronic DVT and after many tests the doctors can't tell me why. I have struggled for weeks now trying accept my diagnosis. I keep asking myself, "why me? I am only 21 I should not be going through this." The doctors tell me there isn't anything I can do but go on with my life. I am lucky because the pain isn't that bad, but I am aware of it. But now, I know I should accept it and try to reach out to others and help spread awareness. DVTs kill more people a year than AIDS and breast cancer, but still not many people know about them. It took my doctor a week to diagnose me. A week which could have taken my life. They believe the cause of my DVT was smoking and using the birth control patch Ortho Evra however they can't be positive about it.

Gabe, Thank you for sharing your story. It is truly amazing. You are always welcome to email me.

Thank you
Mischievous Melanie

P.S. Ask you mom to see the pictures from the cruise!

posted by Mischievous Melanie on May 15, 2004 08:04 PM

Yo! this is great keep it up.

posted by Big Texas on May 13, 2004 01:27 PM

I'm very proud of you Gabe. This is a beautiful web site.

posted by Uncle Clayton on May 11, 2004 07:54 AM

Sorry I haven't written to you but I lost your e-mail address. If you could send it to me again I would be most appreciative. I just got an apartment in NYC. I move in tomorrow. Talk to you soon.

posted by Adam Payne on May 10, 2004 10:16 AM


Haven't talked to you in awhile but wanted to say hi and see how you are Izzy are doing. It certainly looks like you are busy. Keep up the good work, you are helping alot of people...The site is great! Say hello to your mom for me.....Dan

posted by Dan HOule on May 6, 2004 02:19 PM

Hi Gabe,

I was looking at your site and I just wanted to tell you how beautiful you are! You are truly an inspiration. I hope to see you the next time you visit San Diego.

posted by Catayoon Zamiri on May 5, 2004 04:04 PM

hey gabe,
well i finally got to visit your site after seeing you over the weekend. i'm so glad to see everything and read all the great articles.i really hope we can get together soon it has been too long since we have spent time together and even Ben, my boyfriend, said he would love to spend more time with you too! soo give me a call and we can plan something soon.all my love to you and Izzy., Melissa

posted by melissa allen on May 3, 2004 01:29 PM

Just having the pleasure to meet you has been an inspiration to me. The stories in this site are AMAZING and I truly believe that Izzy is a Godsend to you. She has given you new life and from the life she has given you, she too has received life. I want to thank you for sharing your story with me and look forward to the children's books.

posted by Dave Perry-Duke's Communications on April 30, 2004 09:50 PM

Hi, I was home sick from work today and caught your story on animal planet. I love dogs and the Redwings. just thought i would say pretty cool that you dont let a disease like FA beat you. if you ever want to talk about the Redwings email me, i love finding other fans seeing as I live in OK i dont meet many.

posted by Mike on April 21, 2004 12:12 PM

Just saw you guys on the Animal Planet Network. You're a very courageous young lady. Keep your positive attitude and you'll go far.
Here's wishing both you and your cute buddy Izzy a good future:)

posted by Andrea on April 21, 2004 12:03 PM

Hello....My name is Rhonda and my brother (who is 24) is battling FA. It is fairly new to us right now ...we are learning so much about it as we go. I have so many questions about this disease and if you could help me I sure would love it!!! Hope to talk to you soon! We are also big fans of the Red Wings.....Go Wings in round two!!!!


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posted by Laura on April 13, 2004 04:21 AM

Hi i'm 11. i have a promblem where i see stuff backword. i would write it like that.[the email address is my dads just 2 tell you]. i had no friends 4 like 2-3 years. now i have alot of friends!!!! Lots of people made fun of me.i talked weird 2.i could not say wing it would be ring and stuff like that.BYE!!!!!!!!

posted by cristy on April 9, 2004 03:59 PM

Hi Gabe, I enjoyed watching your program on Animal Planet and subsequently surprised to see you and Izzy on People and their Pets! I love your hair, it looks great with the hi-lites. Take good care of Izzy, she is beautiful. I rescued a coonhound recently and luckily I found him a great home where he is loved. Have a great Easter. Deborah

posted by Deborah O'Donnell on April 8, 2004 07:33 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy - I saw you on the UCSDTV program "People and Pets: Common Diseases." The two of you are very brave, and your story is SO heartwarming. Best of luck to you both!

posted by Ellen Thro on April 8, 2004 02:08 PM

I went to school with you, but I graduated in 1997. My Mom and your mom were friends Suzette (Hungerford) Barley, and my grandma (Barb Harris) goes to church with your mom. I visited your website and I think that it is wonderful. I hope that you and Izzy are doing good. It was nice to write you. Hope to hear from you soon.

posted by Erin (Hamilton) Strauss on April 6, 2004 12:34 PM


I haven`t seen you in years! You`re as beautiful as ever! My last memory of you was sitting in music class in 7th grade! You were full of sunshine! I hope to hear from you, please write when you have a chance (nikoledavette@wmconnect.com)

Wish you well,

posted by Davette on April 1, 2004 11:45 AM

You are so beautiful!!! As I told you at the AMM. I was so touched by you story. I loved your site. Kudos to the designer. Although there are no pics of Rhonda or Rick. You did a great job at the meeting!!
Your Friend

posted by Lynn Swanson on March 30, 2004 07:34 PM

Where can I follow up for more information

posted by Allison on March 30, 2004 06:55 AM

Dear Gabrielle,

There is no question in my mind and in heart that although you lost your ability to dance ballet, God knew that someday you would dance on stage again in a different way. I believe he is using you for HIS glory and his purpose. So many people search throughout their lives for their meaning and purpose. I believe through Izzy, you purpose has found you. I love and cherish you so much Gabe and I am so fortunate to have a daughter who has inspired and helped so many making the world a better place. I know God is using you because you are a girl who has never complained about your illness but, instead was ashamed of herself. I am so thankful you have overcome your fears and anxiety of being seen out in public in your chair. Your beautiful inside and out, you keep going and remember I am always here for you.

Love Mom

posted by Your Mother, Rhonda Kay on March 28, 2004 01:39 PM

Hi Gabe (and Izzy!)
On behalf of the Detroit Red Wings I would like to thank you for your support and dedication to our team! We are truly touched and inspired by your courage and willingness to help others. Thank you for being a loyal fan and our best wishes to your in the future!

Anne Marie Krappmann
Community Relations Manager

posted by Detroit Red Wings on March 26, 2004 02:36 PM

I met you at the Ataxia convention in San Diego. You are very strong. It inspires me to be more independt. I know our childhoods were similar and our high school life. When I was younger I wanted to be a model and then when I got older I wanted to be a ballerina. I had troubles posing for my senior pictures and by the time I decided to be a ballerina my disease had progressed to fast. Well take care and we will talk soon!

posted by Keisha on March 18, 2004 07:01 PM

Hi Gabe,

I am very interested in the children's books. Are they currently available to be purchased, and if so, where?

Thank you!

posted by on March 17, 2004 11:34 PM

Hi Gabe, Thank you for your inspiration. Meeting you and Izzy in San Diego will help me work with my mother's ataxia. I am making plans to use your video in class at the continuation high school where I teach. I am sure it will inspire our students and make them more sensitive to the feelings of their classmates. I will let you know how they respond. Thanks for signing my tee-shirt. Say hello to Mom and Dad for me and tell Izzy I miss him.
Your friend the dog lover, Rusty Buhr

posted by Ed Buhr on March 15, 2004 02:19 PM

Well, since it seems no one's AWARE, it was Gabe's birthday on the 10th!!!
(at least I hope or I'm sueing my Toshiba for jacking up my PDA and getting the date wrong!) heh heh Gabe it was awesome seeing and hanging out with you and your fam. Your sweet lil lazy girl was a joy to have around my pad, sorry my hyperactive dog had to do all those Ninja dog moves and confuse sweet Izzy, but in the end they got along. (Seems like both our dogs share our symptoms eh)? well am I invited to SD next time you have a show? Thanks for adding all that extra meaning to my life, thank your lil sis for sparing the life or Mr Starfish. and remember that all important thing... FISH IN MY HAIR!!!... umm I mean, Just keep swimming. 

posted by Sean Nasri on March 12, 2004 08:57 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy, I hope you remember me from the NAF in San Diego. I'm using your guestbook as a bulletin board 'cause I don't think you got the email I sent you a week ago.
Meeting you in San Diego was too much fun. It's great to see that there are other Ataxians out there who are finding creative ways to keep meaning in their lives and refuse to give in to their disease. Please write me back. (Spiff188@hotmail.com)

posted by Adam Payne on March 11, 2004 12:50 PM

Hi Gabe! How are you and Izzy? Guess what! I spoke with your mom last night. I was helping her fix her computer and in the process, we spoke about a lot of things. Of course, including you and Izzy. We were not able to fix her problem but I hope she had it going by now. I promised her that I will pay a visit to your site, so I did. I just read your story and it was really touching how you fought and continue to fight for you sickness and Izzy's. It was really an inspiration. Most of us just doesn't pay important attention to our health, including me I guess. We should always remember that our health is God's gift to us and not taking care of it means we don't care about God's gift! I hope you would continue to inspire many people around the world, especially here in the Philippines. I wish to see your episode in the Animal planet. Please tell me if your going to pay a visit here. Would really love to meet you. Hope to hear from you soon. Continue to be strong. I'll pray that God will give you strength to fight the trials of life. ("Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circustances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thess 5:16-18) Take care always and say hi to your mom. Another thing, she was right when she said that you are gorgeous! God Bless!

posted by Louie on March 7, 2004 06:38 AM

Just wanted to say hi and let you know I've been here. I'm still glad I met you & Izzy, later

posted by Darrell on March 6, 2004 11:39 PM

Hi Gabe, I would like to thank you for sharing your personal and motivating story... I was deeply touched by your perseverence and abibility to to overcome the challenges life has! Wow it's amazing to overcone such personal truma!!! Keep up the good work and keep on smiling beautiful one :-)

posted by Shawn Logan on March 4, 2004 01:06 PM

Hey Gabe :) I just wanted to write to say hi again! I loved getting to meet you at the NAF convention- once I was finally brave enough to talk to you, you are truely my hero. You are so inspiring to me, and I just can't thank you enough for all that you do and have done for me, and others like us, around the world- things that you will probably never even know about. Until we meet again, I am sending you another *hug*~~Mary

posted by Mary Nadon on March 3, 2004 03:02 PM

Hey im from Clio High School and i seen you come into our class today 2nd hour. Your story has touched me and made me realize not to judge things and people! I hope your life is wonderful and fun :) good luck with the guy** Pet Izzy for me bye byes

posted by Samantha Mercier on February 20, 2004 01:16 PM

Hi Gabe, great website! Hi i'm a student at Clio high school, I heard about your story from your stepsister, who is one of my teachers. Your story is very touching :) And I can't wait to meet Izzy and you . See you tomarrow! Amber Gregory

posted by Amber Gregory on February 19, 2004 05:26 PM

I haven't seen your story on TV or read it in a newspaper, but heard it through your mother while helping her set up a PayPal account. It sounds like you and Izzy have a lot to look forward to in the near future and I wish you two the best with it all. God Bless!!!

posted by Amy on February 17, 2004 07:56 PM

I just watched the show. Thanks again for letting the world have a look into your world. Is was cool hearing you talk and learning more about your story.

posted by Arash on February 17, 2004 04:31 PM

Hi Gabe, I just saw your story on animal planet and I was so glad to find your website and hear that things are going well for you! I hope Izzy is doing great too! You seem like such an outstanding young lady with such a great attitude, your story really touched me. I wish you and Izzy all the best, sincerely, Mike.

posted by Mike on February 17, 2004 04:30 PM

Hi Gabe,
Cathy & Melissa here. Finally found the website. I was so happy to see your smiling face plastered all over your website! You have always been very special to me, and hold a special place in our hearts. We don't always manage to get together as often as we would like to, but when I do see you, it brings joy to my heart. You have grown into such a wonderful young woman and I am proud to say I have known you all these years. My sister marrying your Uncle Steve was truly a blessing for us. I have seen your progrees with this disease over the years, and I am so happy to see you where you are today. Your excitement over life these days is contagious, you are truly remarkable. We should all take example of your love of travel and adventure, and take on our fears head on as you have. We love you very much, and are so proud of you.

Love, Cathy, Dave, Jason, & Melissa

posted by Cathy & Melissa on January 23, 2004 02:18 PM

I work for Superior Alliance for Independent Living located in the U.P. of Michigan. During the holiday I was visiting my parents who live down your way and I saw your story in the Flint Journal. I was very moved by your story, I clipped it out and have it hanging in my office...I hope you will keep your fans updated. Your rays of sunshine have no limits...Take care, Your friends in the U.P.

posted by Sarah Ransom SAIL on January 6, 2004 04:24 PM