2006 Guestbook Archives

My CSL group at school is trying to get you to our school so that you can tell your story to the children here. I really hope that you and Izzy can come, and I would be truly grateful if you could. You are a great person, and I hope I get to see you soon!

posted by Stephanie on December 9, 2006 08:12 PM

Thanks Gabe and Izzy for coming to one of our turbo teen retreats )CACY) and telling us all about your story and how izzy has helped you. Keep up the good work Gabe,you to Izzy! :-) and thanks again. and i love izzy, ahe is sssooooooooooo cute! sincerly
- lauren

posted by lauren on October 3, 2006 07:17 PM

hi gabe! I just thought I would let you know I am truely inspired by the story you told about your life and being bullied. well I have to go. Thank you so much for going to the CACY retreat in Ohio.
thanks again

posted by Sarah on October 3, 2006 07:05 PM

Hi there Izzy and Gabe! you guys came to Richland County to speak at CACY today in Ohio. It was such a suprise to see you after we saw the movie! we werent expecting it! you are so inspiring and your dog is so adorabel.by the way,I loved Izzys nails today. but anyways you have been through so much and you have made it through and I hope that I can be just as strong and brave and loving as you are! I love you guys! bye!


posted by Karissa on October 3, 2006 04:58 PM


posted by SAM on October 3, 2006 04:34 PM

hey gabe,
You didn't exactly come to my school you talked in front of a whole bunch of schools today at a retreat i went to at the richland county fairgrounds in ohio. It was amazing and im soo sorry that you were bullied NO ONE should ever be treated that way. Izzy is soo cute. I want a dog like her! You really touched me today Gabe and thanks for coming to my school.

posted by McKenzie on October 3, 2006 04:14 PM

hey gabe an izzy
i thought it was cool tht you came and talked ro us inthe cacy progam.. i are very brave

p.s. izy is so cute buh bye

posted by erin on October 3, 2006 04:10 PM

Wow.......there was not a dryeye on the whole bulding....i think that you are very beauitful...lol.i think that your stiry has really helped kids and adults how to deal with situations......Your Ahmazing...i didnt for get izzy either......lol she has heloped you alot i think......CACY

posted by Ryan on October 3, 2006 03:26 PM

You spoke at the ohio cacy retreat today and i was there, i had a question that i did not get to ask,
If you were ever invited to your high school reuion, do you think that you would have enough courage to go? Do you think that if you did go that the kids that used to pick on you would still pick on you today??
thank you
your really a great person and i love your dog izzy
thank you agian for coming to our ohio retreat
hopes and prays to you along you journey


posted by Nickole on October 3, 2006 03:07 PM

Hey Gabe and Izzy thanks for coming to our shcool everybody really liked you!

ps.I hope you get to come to our shcool again!!!

posted by Brittney on September 29, 2006 07:46 PM

be good izzy and we was happy to have
both of you at our school today.we hope you both come back again.

posted by on September 29, 2006 05:10 PM

Hey gabe it's hannah and your sister madeline. We just wanted to say hi and we luv you lots XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!

posted by Hannah and Madeline on September 20, 2006 05:01 PM

I am a high school Spanish teacher and I have a student with FA. I haven't treated him any differently than any of the other students, really haven't even acknowledged his disorder. I often forget that he has it. He readily participates, goes up to the board (not without obvious difficulty/awkwardness) and all in all he is one of my favorite students. The problem is that we will be doing some salsa dancing. I would like him to participate if he wants to, but I don't know if he would feel comfortable, or if he would even be able to do it at all. I don't want him to feel left out, and I know that others students will be willing to be his partner, I just don't know what the disease is like or if it would be too physically and/or emotionally uncomfortable for him. I know that everyone is different, but I if any of you have any suggestions on how to approach him, or advice on whether I should even consider it, I'd greatly appreciate it! THANKS!

posted by thereha on September 20, 2006 04:48 AM

Gabe and Izzy,
You guys came to my school puffer today and let me tell you...I am so sorry that all those kids made fun of you. I personaly never was picked on but im sure its a hard thing to go though....Thanks for comming!


P.S. Let me just tell you......Izzy is adorable!!!!

posted by Aly on May 12, 2006 07:44 PM

Dear Gabe,
You came to my school today, Henry Puffer, on May 12, 2006. I really enjoyed having you. You almost made me cry with your story of being bullied. I am so glad you came and your really pretty. I hope you can come back again in later years. Your a great and nice person and I hope that you have fun at other schools.

Yours Truly,

P.S. I think your gog is really adorable.

posted by Caitlin on May 12, 2006 06:38 PM

I hope you and Izzy feel better.I hope nobody bullies you.I am from Henry Puffer School in secend grade.I felt sad when people bullied you and when you had no friends.I liked your story and how I heared about your life.I hope the diseases come off you and Izzy.

posted by Kasia on May 12, 2006 04:48 PM

Hi!!!! I just wanted to say you are amazing. My School was Henry Puffer in Downers Grove. Thanks for coming

posted by Matt on May 12, 2006 04:22 PM

Hi Gabe i am friends with Madaline and i have a bully problom i aws wondering if you had advice my problem is there is a guy i liked and he said mean things about me so one of his friends kept talking about it and telling everyone so i told a teacher there was nothing else i could do right and now he keeps doing it what should i do??

posted by Alicia on April 24, 2006 07:42 PM

Hi Gabe! How are you and Izzy doing? I still remember when you came to my school, I'll never forget you! Bye!

posted by Brittany on April 22, 2006 10:35 PM

I was diagnosed with FA in 1997 when I was 18. My husband and I have built an online forum for those struggling with all types of ataxias. The forum is at www.ataxiaforum.org. Please visit our website, we'd love for you to join our forum. Your posts may be a blessing to others.

posted by Angela on April 20, 2006 06:32 PM

I think it is great what you are doing. I have two older brothers with FA Kelly, 29 and Kenny,40. I wish that they could cope as well as you. You are an inspiration!!

posted by Kristi on April 16, 2006 07:34 AM

hello gabe and izzy you guys have an amazing story we had the pleasure of meeting your mum and sister here at exotic tattoos in grand cayman islands i am looking forward to reading your book and hopefully you will come visit here one day let me know and we could look into diving and all that fun stuff. Keep dancing! Caz

posted by caz on March 30, 2006 01:43 PM

hope you love your doggy.isn`t it rock to be on SPRINGBREAK!!!!!!! what have you done. Well on SPRINGBREAK i went to Build-a-bear Workshop.I hope you hade a good SPRINGBREAK.

posted by Lauren on March 29, 2006 08:42 AM

hi you visited my school (syring elementary) i hope you are ok. i really like you dog . she is so cute snd furry.i hope you have fun going to all the schools. i cant wait to read you book and get a t-shirt!!

posted by Caitlin on March 25, 2006 09:24 AM

I think that you are a very nice lady. That is, I think you care a lot about how kids at school treat eachother. I know that you have been through very much in your life. I would just like to thank you for comeing to Syring Elm. I think that you taught us alot about bullying. When people have their own stories to tell kids, I think that really puts an impact on kids from stories that are true, that actually happen to unfortunate people such as yourself...so, I thank you!

posted by Britny on March 25, 2006 08:33 AM

hi gabe how r u doing, well i just wanted to see how u and izzy r doing, i don't know if u remeber me but i'm one of the students that is in 6th grade well have a nice day gabe and izzy:-)

posted by cara on March 24, 2006 09:38 PM


posted by Quinn on March 23, 2006 09:20 PM

Dear gabe and Izzy

Thank you so much for coming to my school (syring). I liked your slideshow very much. I will be your friend and izzy's friend too. thanks, love, alexis

posted by Alexis on March 23, 2006 07:35 PM

Thanks for coming to Syring Elementary on Wednesday, March 22, 2006.
I really enjoyed hearing about your story. I hope that your speech on bullying really taught the kids in my school that it isn't right to be this kind of person. I know that I got a lot out of your speech and will never bulley anyone. Good luck traveling to other schools and I look forward to reading that book you are planning to write.

posted by Alexis C on March 23, 2006 06:07 PM

thank you so much 4 coming to are school (syring Elem.)it was a real joy. your story touched me i hope you have fun travling the world.
by for now!!!!!!!

posted by bobby on March 23, 2006 04:50 PM

Thank you so much for coming to Dieck Ele. today and speaking to our students. You really made an impression. I have never seen my second graders, and the whole student body, be so attentive at an assembly. You have a wonderful message and you and Izzy (and mom) have made a big impact on our students. Thanks again for carrying out a wonderful mission!! Linda Klungle - 2nd grade teacher

posted by Linda Klungle on March 22, 2006 10:38 PM

You just visited my school today (syring elementary) and we both think you gave a good performance. We both think your dog is adorable & soft. We hope you have fun traveling around the world and speak to as many kids as you can. My sister and I will never forget you, and I would like to read that book you want to write, too. Bye for now!

posted by Jordan & jessica on March 22, 2006 06:09 PM

have you ever heard the song everything changes but beauty reamians

posted by Lauren on March 22, 2006 05:59 PM

hi it`s me again your DOG is so CUTE.but now one is cuter then you

Love,Lauren P.S if you could E-mail me back

posted by Lauren on March 22, 2006 05:46 PM

today u came to my school at syring elementary. In swartz creek. I was very excited to meet u. YOU ARE VERY PRETTY. Thanks for coming love you lots lauren

posted by Lauren on March 22, 2006 05:06 PM

thank you for coming to my school on march 22 06 syring elementry.Im very sorry to hear you was bullied.i really liked your dog what kind was it.im a second grader at syring.keep up the good work.and keep touching people.thanks again tyler

posted by tyler on March 22, 2006 04:52 PM

We saw your movie today at my school. You are coming to our school to visit us. The teacher gave us your website so I read my mom your story. I am in the third grade. I hope you bring your dog Izzy.

posted by Natalie on March 21, 2006 07:44 PM

Hi your story touch me

posted by Victoria on March 17, 2006 07:33 PM

However much your speech affected people of my school (Durand Middle) nothing had changed. Only the people who have never been bullied and are not bullies have changed. There have been numerous fights and lies. Rumors and false facts plague the school. Lies and secrets dominate the lives of many kids.
With all of these and my previous signings on here I ask for a reply on what I should do. My friend's brother(He went to a different school) Commited suicide from bullying. Matt was telling the school about bullies and they never did anything about it. Eventually he killed himself.

~*~Someone out there~*~

posted by Just someone out there on March 17, 2006 04:18 PM

Gabe Hi,

I'm sorry I just got the postcard that you were in Leominster on Feb. 26. Today I got the card, and I'm in Mass. I really would have liked to meet you and your mom. I hope you like your new dog.

Talk to ya soon


posted by Brian on March 17, 2006 04:16 PM

hi gabe and izzy i remember when you came to my school LINDBOM do you remember? gabe i think its so cool that you come to school and teach kids about why bullying is the wrong thing to do and also i think you very pretty!

LOVE:your friend QUINN

posted by quinn on March 16, 2006 08:05 PM

Hey Gabe! I hope your doing well.I hope I can see your new dog pretty soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See you later. BYE

posted by Hannah on March 8, 2006 04:34 PM

Hi Gabe, my little 18 year old sister-in-law was diagnosed with FA when she was around 7-10 years old. It's been a difficult journey for her. She was taken out of school in third grade and started home schooling due to bullying and name calling. She is the most intelligent, funny and quick-witted person I know and needless to say she is beautiful inside and out.. I wanted to ask a question... I know on her mind, she is worried about future relationships ,and if there are any jobs which she could pursue as a career. Would you mind letting me know your thoughts on these matters? Her family, or my in-laws, aren't quick to discuss FA and certainly will not discuss her future other than day-to-day things.

Thanks, Kelly

posted by Kelly on March 7, 2006 11:11 AM

Hi Gabe, You inspire me so much. When i get older i want tobe just like you you have the greatest personalty that i know. Gabe i just want you to know that wheni get in 6th grade i cant wait to see you up on that stage talk to all of us about telling how it herts to be bullied.I hope you and izzy are doing Great!! your the best an GOD BLESS YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!

posted by madeline on March 6, 2006 08:28 PM

I am in Ireland, and myself & my brother have FA, my site is http://www.notgoingquietly.com
Hope all is well

posted by Eric on March 1, 2006 01:03 PM

My mom Dawn told me about your site, Izzy looks like a character. I hope Izzy and Marcus like each other!!

posted by Rebecca on February 28, 2006 09:56 AM

Hi Gabe and Izzy this is Jillian H And Alenah Ballard we were really touched by ur story and we wanted to know how u were doin!Our school really recoverd from all that bullying! Before u came to our school all we heard was swear words and there were alot of fights and people pushing and shoving! So we just wanted to say THANK YOU for coming and sharing ur story about ur life that really touched everyone! Well Thanks Again!! Everone really talks about u alot at school!! We will ttyl Thanks alot
Jillian And Alenah

posted by Jillian and Alenah on February 25, 2006 06:20 PM

I am really proud of Gabe and Izzy!! Gabe had a really interesting experience! I just hope that nothing else would happen and i wish her luck!!! And to Izzy too!!!

posted by Casey on February 22, 2006 06:42 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy,
I'm from Durand Middle School.I was toched by your story.My school was selling T-shirts with Izzy on it and I got one I love it.When you and Izzy came to my school last mouth I've seen less and less bulling exeped for this boy in my class, he loves to bully me and my friends.I hope you can come back to Durand Middle School.
Your Friend:Skylar
P.S.Write back ASAP.

posted by Skylar on February 19, 2006 02:40 PM

I think that when you came to our school(Durand Middle School) you made an impact on some people. A lot of people cried, including me, expecially with the pictures! Yu're an inspiration to me and a role model to me. Say hi to Izzy
Your Friend: Amanda

posted by Amanda on February 16, 2006 10:14 PM

it is a very wondaful site. i love it thanks

posted by magaman on February 13, 2006 08:20 PM

u r a very nice lady, my brother was sick the day u came to Durand Middle to bad he didn't get to C U well nice talking 2 U.

posted by Mini on February 13, 2006 06:33 PM

Gabrielle your a fighter and help me cope with my stage 1 CLLtopics.org. I posted alot of my views on Faithsteams.com/Naomis Judds community post go there when free and comment on some of my 20 comments. I am in Chesaning, westpole relates to day when magnetic poles shift/disperce and the northern lights become global. Peace be with you

posted by Pete Tithof on February 13, 2006 07:08 AM

Gabe i think that you are so great and that you have helped out so many people. I think that you know my teacher Mrs. juip and she has told us so much about you and your mom and your sister Kaytlen. You have a wonderful family and thank you for sharing your story with me. ,Emily

posted by Emily on February 12, 2006 06:43 PM

I think your very sweet

posted by Mini on February 11, 2006 08:15 PM

May I add that for the most part of my life I have been bullied for being a tomboy.
Not to mention one boy who punches my shoulder repeatedly if I make a small, meaningless comment, my brother died when he was four from a disease called MD, my mother used to have cancer, my parents divored and my cousin died a week or two before you came to our small school in Durand.
You have given me something to think about and I hope you keep on touching the lives of others.

~*~ Forever a good friend ~*~

posted by Melissa on February 9, 2006 09:10 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy,
~*~I am another student from Durand Middle School. I swear I almost cried...yet I couldn't.
Sadly, your speech has not stopped the bullying. In the 8th grade-it had gotten worse. We've had three people suspended for fights yet this week.~*~


posted by Melissa on February 9, 2006 09:04 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I was just woundering why you did not write back I hope
everything is ok well can't stay on long that Jake guy
he still bullies me I don't know why though I'm nice to
him I never did anything.Well I loved you shirt's I bought
five of them for me and my family they said that they wish
they were ther to see you.Bye I am from Durand Middle Schools.

P.S. Please write back this time.

posted by Shanice on February 8, 2006 04:23 PM

Hi, gabe

i sent your fundraising info to my mom, and dad. Hopefully they will be able to help out more than I can. I will finally graduate from school in June. It's about time huh! I guess we all have our path to follow. I think it's great that your attacking the bullying subject. It's something we all have dealt with in some way shape or form but, some of us choose not to examine ourselves to see if we are the ones' bullying others.

Just wanted to say hello, and say YOU ROCK!

Don't forget if your coming to Chicago to drop me a line. So we can meet up again, and maybe do some other stuff besides sitting in a bar.

Your bud and name companion,


posted by David Gabriele on February 7, 2006 11:54 AM

Gabe & Izzy:

Thank you so much for what you have done for me. I saw your story on Animal Planet in January of 2003. I was facing laying in bed with my abdomen open because of a hernia surgery gone bad for 6 months and seeing your story really gave me inspiration to get thru that time and all of my subsequent surgeries. Seeing you and Izzy go thru the same thing was very touching. It has been gratifying to get to know you and your mom. It is unbelievable how far you have come over the past three years. Going out and speaking in front of people, helping others and really making a difference in people's lives is just a great thing. I am sure you have tough days but the fact that you have made a positive out of a negative is a testament to your strength. Your mom is also an unbelievable person who truly is what a parent should be. Her support of you has been tremendous and my mom and now wife have helped me thru some difficult times. I have another surgery coming up but I am going to meet you and your mom one of these days. Thank you for all that you have done for me and continue to do. Hi to Izzy!!

posted by dan on February 5, 2006 10:33 PM

Hey Gabe, I just wanted to say "HI" and thanks for having me over last night. Hopefully, we can hang out more often I really had a good time. This is the e-mail you can reach me at so I hope to hear back from ya soon girlie! Bye! XOXOX

posted by Melissa on February 5, 2006 09:34 PM

hi there , my daughter seen you @ her school a few wks ago , she was in tears , when you seen you & heard your story .she goes to durand middle school.

posted by cynthy on February 5, 2006 09:13 PM

Hi. I was one of the eighth grade students at durand middle school in durand michigan. I have been bullied by the person who sat by me at the assembley, so it was kind of awkward. i'm kind of afraid to tell on him ( kind of the only way i can say it w/o sounding dumb) because the last time i did, i was threatened. i'd be marked chicken if i told on him too.the assembly was extremely touching. hugs

posted by Billy on February 4, 2006 10:17 AM

Hi well u came to our school a couple of weeks ago (Durand middle school). And I hope that the bulling would really stop. But your story touched alot of people. I really liked the video u showed it made me cry. Even your speech made me cry.

posted by Angie on February 3, 2006 04:56 PM

i love izzy he/s so cute.

posted by madison on February 2, 2006 08:50 PM

Please write back if you can!!!
I love you!

posted by Stevee on February 2, 2006 10:19 AM

Hey, my name is Stevee Perrin. I go to Durand Middle School, and Iam in 7th grade.[In Durand, Michigan.]Gabe your story really touched a lot of people in our school.A lot of people cried and talked about how horrible bullying was and how bad it affected people. There was some bullying going on in our school but now there is really not any. Thank you very much though for coming to our school, it really meant alot!!!


posted by Stevee on February 2, 2006 10:12 AM

hi your srory really touched me and i cryed i love you soo much and i would totally be your freind your so PRETTY! i wish i was pretty anyways i really think you sent a message out to bullys in our school anywho bye bye love beckey

posted by on February 1, 2006 07:34 PM

hey your dog is soooooooooooooooooo cute i love her.what kind is she write back

posted by kim on February 1, 2006 04:57 PM

hello i just wanted to say that i was very toched by your story and i dont think that people wont be bulling any more beacusse they have seen the long lasting affects that it has on people and if i every see bulling i know that i will report it beacuse its no right thanks for coming to durand middle school i really appreate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by jennifer on February 1, 2006 04:28 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy! It was a couple of weeks ago that u came to our school! (Durand Middle School) I was really touched with your story! It made me and alot of people cry! Well i just wanted to let u know that i bought a t-shirt from your site! Well i got to go!.............. ~~~***Alenah~~~***

posted by Alenah on January 31, 2006 07:47 PM

i really appracite you coming to are school and talking a lot of people cried when you came and talked and i know it helped me to just try to be a better person and i hoped a lot of other people feel the same way as me.well i hope you get the money you need i will tryto help. well i got to go bye

posted by stephanie on January 30, 2006 08:23 PM

Dear Gabe,
You recently visited my school, Durand Middle School. Your story made me cry and I can't even imagine what you went through... I have a friend who is disabled and I know how much she is made fun of, it's terrible. You don't have to reply to me, but if you wish and have time, feel fre to. I thank you for giving your time to visit my school and Izzy, too, by the way, she's adorable!!! Thanks for letting me sign this, and you are an inspirationa dn role model to many, including myself. Thanks!

posted by Megan on January 29, 2006 07:00 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy,
Thank you so much for coming to our school and showing us kids what to do if bullied. Your video was awesome and touching. I have never been bullied. But I just some times wonder what would happened if I was bullied.
Your story ment alot to me. It may stop the bullying in our school. I really want to meet you again. I want every person who bullies stop. Some of the bullies in my school were most likely disa pionted in thierselves.I have lots of respect for you coming to our school and all over the country.
Well I liked to get to know you more sometime. Thank you so much.
Love Jackie

posted by Jackie on January 29, 2006 05:58 PM

hi,this is kelsey from durand,i am really glad that you come to are school.I really have a lot of respect for how you go to schools all over and tell your story.I think that your really cool thanks.

posted by kelsey on January 28, 2006 09:45 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I loved it when you came to our school I also have
a big problem with bulling i am being bullied in school.

this kid punches me on my arms and
kicks me on both my arms and legs so far I have two marks
on my legs and I did have alot of bruises on my arms but
there gone.By the why how are you and izzy doing?
THANK YOU SO MUCH......Sincerely,
Shanice L.

P.S. please write i need to know how you both are doing
and what to do about my problem.THANKS.

posted by Shanice L. on January 28, 2006 07:44 PM

Dear Gabe,
I am so glad that u came to my school and talked to us about bullies. You really changed the way i look at people. i am very happy that u are happy with your life. I will never forget when u came to my school. I loved your presentation and ur slide show of pictures. Which I Cryed when i seen the pictures and the song that went with it. You have changed my life and many of my friends lives. i am so thankful for ur visit. Your a brave person to go around to different places and schools to tell your story. Your the best ever and i hope to see you again. I also love your dog. And u guys are like best friends and I no how that is with a dog because i have three dogs altogether and i love them so much.
Your friend, Paige D.

posted by Paige D. on January 28, 2006 06:18 PM

Hi, I just want'ed to tell you, and your dog thank you for coming to our Durand Middle School to share your story. I really appreciated you being there. I have learned alot of information from you. You don't have to email me back because I am at the libary and my computer isin't working at the moment. Please keep in touch. Thanks Very much. Love, Angela L.

posted by Angela L. on January 28, 2006 03:29 PM

I know how you felt when you were school. I think what you are doing is really really good. You came to my school on Friday, Jan 26, and I was start to cry during you slid show. Thank you so much for coming to my school.

Katie C.

posted by Katie C. on January 28, 2006 11:39 AM

I really think you had a rough childhood. I would hate it so much if kids picked on me every day. I think what you're doing is such a great thing. Not everybody has the courage to come out of their shell, and tell their story. I know that if people pick on my friends I'm right there trying to help them out.

posted by Brandy on January 28, 2006 11:31 AM

I really like what you are doing with all of the schools all over the U.S. You came to my school in Durand and i think you made a difference in are school and I really really love what you are doing again thank you


posted by miranda on January 28, 2006 11:27 AM

dear Gabe and Izzy,
I loved it when you came to my school! (Lindbom Elementary)
The slide show was so cute!It would be grate if you came again!

A friend that you don't really know,Alexia

posted by Alexia on January 28, 2006 10:12 AM

Hi, Gabe i am glad u came to my school on (1-27-06) u did great all the people that bullied me stoped after they heared your story. What can i do if they start bulling me again i dont want to tell an adualt couse then they call me a tatle tale. i hope u will answer back. thanks again for comeing to my school. i hope u enjoyed comeing to my school (durand middle school). i realy liked ur dog Izzy . by,
your freind,
Erik P.

posted by Erik on January 28, 2006 09:30 AM

Hi. You came to my school Durand Middle School. Izzy is such a cute dog and I'm touched by your story. I'm not a bully but if I ever see someone else bullying someone then I will tell. Thanks for coming to my school.

posted by Tera on January 28, 2006 08:46 AM

I just wanted to thank you for coming to my school . I never really bullyed anyone but I realized that it is not right to bully others so i have stoped to whoever i did bully and i thank you for that . You are a really great person and you are a hero in my eyes!

posted by Eric on January 27, 2006 10:46 PM

Hello Gabe and Izzy came to our school and I just wanted to say I love you guys and I think what you do is great!

posted by Emily on January 27, 2006 10:21 PM

I was one of the 7th grade students at Durand Middle School. I was so overwelmed with your story I had to write you. I have been bullied almost all of this year and last because of my weight. I am quite a bit over weight and people seem to think its funny. But I got so choked up when you were telling your story to our school. You are so beautiful inside and out I dont see how someone could say such mean things to you. Ilove you so much. Please write.

posted by Marissa on January 27, 2006 09:31 PM

We think that your story is vary amazing, how u fought through all those hard times!! Its very touching! If there was one possible way, we would get u back dancing!! thats how much we care!!

posted by Alex and Rachael on January 27, 2006 08:24 PM

hello this is jason from durand middle school and i just wanted to say that im very glad that you can to our school to tell us about your life.Everyone thought is was very emotional and I thought it was horrible what those other kids did to you and im very sorry

your friend jason

p.s. i was the eigth grade president that helped you call on people thanks again

posted by jason on January 27, 2006 07:03 PM

Does Izzy like to fly/travel.Was Izzy really born on New Years Eve/NY Day.Oh you visited our school today Jan 27 06. I was the kid sitting next to the kid who had that kawasaki disease.I wasn't the girl in the pink I was the boy in the blue.

posted by Matt on January 27, 2006 06:53 PM

Hey Gabe and Izzy!! Thanks so much for coming to Durand Middle School today!!!! It was great but it made me cry alot.If I ever have problems I really hope you can help me, but lately I haven't!!! Do you out the pictures you take at the schools on here?!?! Because I want to see the pictures that your mom took while you two were at our schooL!!!! Well I hope you wright me back, if you have time but if not it's ok!!! I LOVE YOU!!!! XoXo

posted by Kendra on January 27, 2006 06:42 PM

thank you for coming to durand middle school. after i listened to you you made me a better person and i hope you come back another day.

posted by C.J. on January 27, 2006 06:39 PM

I think it's amazing how you've worked through the hard times. I'd like to thank you very much for helping my school be bully free, many kids here now realize how mean and inconciderate bullying is. Also I would like to thank you for traveling around the U.S. to help other schools, many people are looking up to you!Thanks Again.

posted by Kassie P. on January 27, 2006 06:08 PM

I want to thank you for coming to Durand Middle School! I have changed and inspired many of my friends and I saw many of the girls that were so sad for you they started to cry. You've changed my mind about a lot of things about bullying. I would bully a few other students and called them names. I wish you and Izzy a happy life toether and I thank you for inspiring me.

posted by Chad on January 27, 2006 05:41 PM

hay I just wanted to say that I know u made a impact in our school already just by all the peole that where crying. I know that u helped and thank u.
ur friend logan

posted by logan on January 27, 2006 05:25 PM

I was really moved by your'e story. Im really going to consider and be careful on what I say now. You came to my school and I can already see made a impact.

your friend Logan

posted by Logan on January 27, 2006 05:08 PM

I think you are the best and you never gave up and even though you were bullied i think it is great ur trying to prevent people from bulling>

posted by Riley on January 27, 2006 05:06 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy! When you told us your story today, I couldnt stop crying. I wanted to thank you so much for coming to my school and making me relize that bullying is not a fun thing to do. I have never relized how bad it could affect someone like that! It really touched me to see how you feel even after so many years of not seeing these people! Thank you so much for your time and that you are such a great and caring person!! I will never forget today.
Your Friend,

posted by Cec on January 27, 2006 05:03 PM

I am so happy you are helping others and didn't give up on yourself or Izzy>

posted by Bradyn on January 27, 2006 05:02 PM

I am from Durand Middle School I just wanted to let you know you are realy an insperation for me you are so beutiful!!!


posted by Ryanna on January 27, 2006 04:58 PM

I thought your speech at durand middle school I have bullieing problems likr you did but not to sound mean but ,I dont have that disease but you and izzy are so cool and if izzy were my dog i would take care of her just like you do,thats a specheal bond you two have but,you gave a great speech. Sencerly,your average student

posted by joshua on January 27, 2006 04:56 PM

Hey Gabe my name is Alenah BAllard. You came and visited our school today! Durand Middle School! We really enjoyed your speach! It was so sad that it made me cry!!! Well i just wanted ot thank you again!!!

posted by Alenah on January 27, 2006 04:50 PM

Hi my name is skylar you and izzy come to my school today(1-27-06)
i really joy it. I was born with a disorder my musils did not work that good and i bruisd really easy i was bulld alot. thank you for comeing to my school.

p.s im going to by a shirt

posted by Skylar on January 27, 2006 04:40 PM

hi I just wanted to tell u thank u for coming to our school, I thought u really changed everything around and made my day because when my class left the gym and got back to the class room the all said they were sorry for all the pain they have cuased me by calling me names.

posted by kaye on January 27, 2006 04:38 PM

Hey Gabe after I heard you speak and seen your slide show I just wanted to tell you that it changed my point of veiw on life so I have to thank you for that.

posted by Cassie on January 27, 2006 04:32 PM

hi Gabe, you were at my school today which was friday i go to durand middle school i am in sixth grade i think you speaking to us helped our school alot later that day and i am hoping we are going to get along alot better than we were. Well I just wanted to say thanks for coming to our school and speaking. Jillian H

posted by Jillian on January 27, 2006 04:12 PM

Hi Gabe and Lizzy. You came to my school and I cried. Your story was so unbelievable there is no other way to put it. I think the kids in your class shouldn't have bullied you and they didn't understand. Thank you so much for coming to our school becuase some people realy needed to hear what you had to say.

posted by Andrea M. on January 27, 2006 04:11 PM

hi gabe. how r u? it was really cool having you at are school today. anyways i was wondering if izzy was doning better? i hope you have a good weekend.

posted by Kari on January 27, 2006 03:50 PM

Hi, I really enjoyed your and Izzy's assembly today at Durand Middle School. Hopefully everyone or most people STOP bulling, Because all i ever here in the hall is bad name calling and i see people being thrown agains't lockers, next time i see someone do that i think i should get an adul't to break it up. So thankyou so much your story inspired me.

posted by Kylee on January 27, 2006 03:41 PM

Gabe you are a real hero to me going through all that stuff you still stood tall. Your a real inspiration to all who know you. Meeting you today on January 27 just made my day happier. To know that someone is out there trying to stop bulying. Thank You Love Katelyn

posted by Katelyn on January 27, 2006 03:32 PM

hey i im a kid rrom dirand ind i what totell you to git better

posted by kyle on January 27, 2006 03:30 PM

Thank you for coming to our school it was Durand middel school. I was the girl in the yello and white shirt i was one of the kids that hugged you i feel so bad that you got build and called bad names i cried when i seen your movie and when you talked.hope you are doing good.

posted by sydney on January 27, 2006 03:23 PM

Dear Gabe & Izzy
I love u so much, ur story is so special. It is so nice that u came to Durand Middle School today it made me cry, I mean u story made me cry it is so cool u are going place and being moble. -Geoffrey

posted by Geoffrey on January 27, 2006 03:03 PM

Hi I am from Durand Middle School. You have a very touching story. I know how you feel. I just got my bullying problem figuired out. Do you have any advice to how I should act towards him? Thanks for coming to our school.

posted by Levi on January 27, 2006 02:53 PM

Hey Gabe You were just at our school today. (Durand Middle School)
I'm in 7th grade and I helped you when people were asking questions.
Wow your speach was so touching. I cried a lot . I'll never forget any of the things you said today. Whever you cried I cried. I loved the song that was played for that little slide show. That has to be the saddest song ever. Well I must go now. I would like it very much if you would message me back.

Love Kellee

posted by kellee on January 27, 2006 12:22 PM

i think you brave and stuck it out

posted by Garrett on January 27, 2006 12:11 PM

hey i feel so srry for u your dog is so cutie to and that must not be fun to get teased it will change our school allot love krista matlock

posted by krista on January 27, 2006 12:07 PM

Hi I'm from Lindbom Elementary School.I really liked your speech about bullying.I also think Izzy is a cute dog.Ihope I see you again.

Your Friend,

posted by Julianne on January 24, 2006 09:06 PM

I think it was very nice of you to stick up for that boy.
I thought it was very very mean for that kid to bully you and i am happy he stoped after he talked with the principal. But he really shouldn't have ever bullyed you in the first place. I really enjoyed you speech at Lindbom Elementary.

p.s Izzy is sooo cute!!

posted by Eileen M. on January 24, 2006 07:37 PM

I think it was very nice of you to stick up for that boy.
I thought it was very very mean for that kid to bully you and i am happy he stoped after he talked with the principal. But he really shouldn't have ever bullyed you in the first place. I really enjoyed you speach at Lindbom Elementary.

p.s Izzy is sooo cute!!

posted by Eileen M. on January 24, 2006 07:21 PM

I am ten years old and I go to Lindbom Elementry School in Brighton MI.I think that you are a very beautiful young lady.I think you and Izzy are both wonderful and you have a great smile because I saw it when you talked to our school and talked to us a little about your life.I loved your speach because I know how you feel.see ya!!!!!!!!!!!


posted by Emily on January 24, 2006 04:46 PM

Hi i hope you are good. I loved your movie and your dog izzy. thank you for coming to my school!!!!!!!!!!

posted by Maggie P. on January 21, 2006 11:04 AM

you should not have been bulied in school. I thought that, that was very nice of you to tell that boy that he could play with you any time that he wanted. Also that you stood up for him i just thought that, that that was the niced thing that someone would do for someone.that was just very nice of you gabe.

posted by Alia A. on January 18, 2006 05:05 PM

dear gabe and izzy i just wanted to say i think u r a very pretty girl and that izz is very cute i am very sorry for the way the kids treat u and that u have that disease but it looks to me that u r doin very well i wish u the best tell izzy i said hi i hope u both r feeling great Love, rachel p.s. please right back

posted by rachel s. on January 18, 2006 10:28 AM

You and Izzy just came to Fenton Intermediate School on January 17 and I wanted to ask you how you knew that Izzy was the perfect dog for you? You were very inspiring! Thank you for coming to my school. I think I will be nice to people I don't normaly talk to. You make a big difference!

posted by Matt on January 17, 2006 10:44 PM

Hi, tis is kayla from fenton. You came and visited our skool today and i wanted to say I about cried when I heard your story. I really hope u can come and visit soon to see your cuz Emily. Bye and good luck!

posted by Kayla on January 17, 2006 06:16 PM

i think you brave and stuck it out

posted by brie on January 17, 2006 06:14 PM

hi gabe u recently came to our school. in fenton michigan. i love that u did that and came to our school. i would really like to thank u. so very much.i am best friends with emily allen ur cousin.as u can see i write to u with love and u firmly deserve it. we are all so proud of u. i do have a question. if u would really go back in time and change ur life would u say the same as now? u are normal u are an angel from heaven and god is watching over u everyday.i wish u the best and hope u email me u are a star and i hope u know it.

posted by christina on January 17, 2006 06:11 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy. I was the kid at F.I.S that asked did you cry after abusment. I'll always remeber when you came to our school. I am also a new student, but no one has bullied me yet. I'm trying to get a t-shirt so I can support no bully program. I never tease people because I used to get teased. I will always wear this wristband. Hope the best. Talk to you later. Your the best!!!!!!!!!

posted by Carlos W. on January 17, 2006 04:49 PM

Hi Gabe, you dont know me but you came to my school today (1-17-06) I really had a good time I liked what you said it made me feel good. I also live in Fenton and its cool knowing someone that has been as many places as you living in the same city. I have a dog to I love her she's and australian sheperd. Well I just wanted to let you know I had a good time a liked what you said and I hope other schools get to meet you~!~

P.S. Your cousin Emily and me are good friends to~!~

posted by Joshua S. on January 17, 2006 04:28 PM

i like the dog .acshaly you came to my school bambervalley

posted by on January 16, 2006 08:51 PM

Gabe - Once again, a truly inspiring performance for our students and teachers. You tell your story so well. Our students understand the pain you went through, but they also see you fighting back - AND WINNING! After your assembly, students talked about you for days. We had MIX -IT-UP Day at Lunch after your assembly, and students sat with people they don't normally sit with. As difficult as this was, I kept referring to your message - Meet someone new today! I really believe your words helped them meet new people and possibly new friends.
Thanks for all you do!

posted by Mikki C. on January 4, 2006 10:54 AM

Hi ....I have spoke to you before about my brother having Friedrichs. Was just wondering how you were doing? Hope all is well with you!