2008 Guestbook Archives
hi gabe and izzy you are awsome. you came to torry hill intermediate school now we love are school thank you!!!!!!!!!posted by teyana on December 28, 2008 10:05 PM
i am not sure if you remember me, [ john spencer in texas]
hope you and izzy are doing well this holiday season.
i finally found myself a dog at the humane society and brought her home and she kept falling over, turns out she had distemper but has pretty much recovered and is truly a joy.
again happy holidays
There are a number of beautiful events, situations and sceneries that I have encountered or been privileged to see in my life and they have been that much more beautiful just because they are so rare. I have to say that who you are being and what you are choosing to do in your life with Izzy by your side is one of those rare events and situations in this world and that much more beautiful and moving for those of us who need to be inspired and have our spirits lifted. I am an older back to school student finishing off my BA in Psychology (I kind of did it backwards) and I wish that the many cold and detached reserachers and scientists that I have had the misfortune of studying would practice similar rules of engagement as you do for some true leaps and bounds in the field of psychotherapy and psychiatry. In any case, I know that I was deeply moved and I wish you all the very, very best. Hugs to Izzy.
hey girl what is up i just wanted to talk sance i have no one elce
becuse my friend faith mead i am going to her house monday and
she is comeing over on tuseday so what are you doing rightnow?
mercedesposted by mercedes on December 20, 2008 3:12 PM
hi gabe my name is rebecca you rock !!! please email me back with my name rebecca printed at the top
p.s. this is rebeccas sister emily writing this i am writting it because she never gets any mail so mkae sur you write rebeccas name at the top of the email u send her back ok oh and that is here email adressposted by rebecca on December 19, 2008 5:35 PM
you rock i wanted to no if we could keep in touch a girl in my school always bullies me and my friends and when we try and ignore her she gets back in my life Hlepposted by Emily on December 19, 2008 4:57 PM
hi gabe and izzy you came to my school a long time ago maybe you remember anyways do you really email people back or do you have something atomaticly send somethig just wonder sincerly emilyposted by Emily on December 19, 2008 4:52 PM
Hi gabe. Its me Megan. I do not like the new school i go to. People make fun of me and push me down and shove me onto lockers. Also they call me names. I dont like Torrey Hill Intermediate school one bit and neither does my mom.posted by Megan on December 19, 2008 8:45 AM
Just wanted to send Happy Holiday wishes to you. Hope your family is doing well.
Wish we could have you visit us every year!
Hi Gabe, i hope you remember me. we meat in Great Lake Crossing mall. you are amazed me right away!
i think that you are a beautiful girl and you really inspire me
i wish you the best and I'll b very happy to hear from you
Rotem from Israel :)
MERRY CHRISTMAS GAB AND IZZY!
I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMER ME BUT I REMEMBER YOU AND IZZY!
dear gabe can you just have your books out know i can not wait please
please have it come out as soon as possble...........
hey merry early christmas
what is your address so i can send you your present and izzy
dear Gabe, my brother told me about your story and how you went to his school and talked about bulling and how it affected you and i cant wait for me to be able to see you and i also cant wait to buy your book! love Erica :)posted by erica on December 9, 2008 7:33 PM
you are going to write to you a lot . you looked good. How is izzy?Aaposted by sydney on December 8, 2008 5:25 PM
hey gabe my dad sent you somthing he said to me thatyouswent to school togather his
name is STEVEN NANCE.PLEASE CALL ME BYE....
Gabe please call me on my cell or at home. I forgot to add something to your account i will give you the info once you call.
AKA Mercedes dad
Hi Gabe! I emailed you b4 and told you i went to tennesse high school. To be more specific Nashville High. You are so cool i luv u! See ya!
Hi Gabe and Izzy! You guys are soooooo awsome. I know how it feels to be bullied. At my school (Torry Hill Intermediate) There's this girl who calls me mean names and says i'm retarted! I'm new here so i dont wanna say something. She also said nobody wants me at their school! Also another girl in Mrs.Mayners class, (my class) said i dont belong there. I miss my old school everyone there was nice and talked oppropiately.
Sincerely, Megan P.S. Keep in touch! <3
I'm Katelynn from MJHS in Madison, Indiana and Izzy, your sister, your mother, and you came to my school last year and I just wanted to say thank you sooo much. It touched me soo much and even made me cry.
Thank you for recognizing Mrs. Dianna Kay Risk's death upon your arrival. Today would've been her 62nd birthday. We all miss her dearly & I really wish that you could come back and visit.
I admire you with all my heart.
Hope your family is doing well [Izzy included!] :)
Wow! When you came to my school,(hartland middle school), I think it made everyone think about how wrong bulling is. Its so very sad what people did to you, and do to other kids. You are a very wonderful person, and you are an inspiration!posted by Sarah on December 2, 2008 8:14 PM
How were the people at home in your town treating you? & not including your faimly. I also think you should come to our school again! Lake Fenton Torrey Hill T.H.I.S is our anishalesposted by Kayla on November 29, 2008 11:00 PM
Dear Gab and Izzy,You came to my school a couple of weeks ago'Torrey hill Intermediate'.I wanted to say thank you.You made a big impact on everyone!P.S. Keep doing this wonderful thing!
Thank you .....Rosalyn ...Lake Fenton Michiganposted by Rosalyn on November 29, 2008 7:12 PM
Hey i am from hartland middle school i love your speech i posted before but it did not show soo hope this one does
you are great!!
hannahposted by Hannah on November 29, 2008 2:40 PM
Hi im Nicole i go to school at Ore creek i heard what happened to you and i told my parents they thought that was very disrespectful what those people did to you and i do to, i wish i would have been your friend at the time i would have told those kids to back off and that they need to act more mature because you story touched my heart i was almost in tears when you told me what those kids did to you , well i hope you have a great thanksgiving bye.posted by Nicole on November 27, 2008 11:47 AM
i loved when you came to maine endwell middle school. i liked when you came in the 12ad1 class roomposted by sayword on November 26, 2008 8:43 PM
I just wanted to say hi!!! And that you ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Shannon on
November 26, 2008 11:55 AM
I think Izzy was so cute! you came to our school about a week ago,I think it's so cool that you can travel across the country and speak to kids that are being bullied. i just got a new dog because my dog left us last thursdaymy class sent a message last week and it was: Mrs.Schomaker. my best friend said i think it was... oh that's it he said that Izzy was so cute! But I really think that your so cool! My teacher let us watch your video and i think it's pretty cool because it's like we have a home-town super-star. And it's cool that you have you and youw dog "Izzy" have your own website!!! well I have to go to bed. bye! :)posted by Quincy on November 25, 2008 10:10 PM
Happy Thanksgiving! write back soon. i have seen a change in ore creek middle school. i love you
thank you for sending me some thing tell izzy i said hi
and Happy Thanks Giving!i know that you have one friendthat is izzy
and one more that is me well i got to go bye
dear gabe and izzy,
I noticed a difference after you left Hartland Middle School i didn't see any kids get bullyed and thats a good thing and tell izzy i said hi!
Hi Gabe and Izzy! Thanks for stopping by Ore Creek Middle School! I was really suprised to hear that you were coming! I'm accually new to Hartland schools but 2 years ago you had came to my old school to talk to us! I remember that Izzy had her nails painted bright purple!! It was cool to see an other schools reactions and that your message is being used everywhere. Keep up the great work! It was nice seeing you again- Sarahposted by Sarah on November 24, 2008 7:01 PM
Hi, u r soooo awesome. Im the girl from Mrs.pattisons 5 grade class that came up and asked "can i give u a hug" at torrey hill intermediate school. its so cool that you went to school were you go now! U ROCK, and ill never bully again.posted by Leah on November 24, 2008 5:20 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy!
You are a great role model! Thanks a lot for coming to Hartland Middle School. It was an awesome story you told us and if you were in my grade, I would totally be your friend. I'm sorry all that mean stuff happened to you when you were my age. Thanks again for coming and talking to everyone!
hey gabe and izzy!
i just wanted to say have a great thanksgiving and hope you have fun. you really were an inspiration to my school, hartland middle school at ore creek, and i wanted to say THANX!!!
Dear gabe and izzy,
happy thanksgiving to you and izzy!
type back soon. Jon
Thankyou so much for coming to Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek!
I loved your speech! Keep going whatever comes up in life :)
Thank you for coming to are school, and helping kids realize how much bullying can hurt someone! You have inspired many kids at hartland middle school and i think your message to kids and adults is great! Thanks again. Oh by the way you are very pretty and your dog is adorable :)
I loved your speech Gabe it was so amazing my name is Gabrielle too!!! but people call me Gabi. I was so impressed how well Izzy just sat there my dog would have ran around EVERYWHERE!!! I almost cried when you said your speech because that is how our hallyways are if someone drops there books only a couple people would stop to care and be kind and help pick up the books. I felt so sad and I tryed to step into your shoes and I thought, wow she is a really strong girl going through everything she has gone through. Thanks for visiting our school (Ore Creek Middle School Hartland, MI!!) we really apprechate it!!posted by Gabi!!!!!! on November 23, 2008 12:32 PM
hello izzy i think your an inspirational speaker and i am gabby from torrey hill tell izzy happy birthday and youre right bullying is wrong thats why i havent done it but alot of people imagine and feel how hard it must be for you bye u rock and u are the best i still cant beleive u have been fighting fredricks deasise for over 5 yearsposted by gabby on November 23, 2008 8:37 AM
hi gabe how are you.posted by mackenzie on November 22, 2008 11:04 PM
gabe and izzy-
u recently came to visit my hartland middle school and i would like to say thanks for coming and u were a great inspiration for all of our students. i really appreciate u coming to our school!
Hey hope you chillin with izzy and reading my wonderful message!
Wow. You guys were amazing. Gabe your speech was amazing and touching. And Izzy is a great dog, a lifesaver, a friend, and a hero.
Thank you so much for visiting Hartland Middle School!
Your Fan, Abby
Hi Gabe and Izzy,
I am glad you got to come to my school, ore creek middle school. Thanks for giving us 7th graders some advice about bullying and being bullied. I wish i had a dog like you. Izzy is such a great dog!
Hey Gabe & Izzy,
It's me agin and i wanted to say that you probally live only a few miles away because i live in Fenton Michigan to.
Love your friend,
Hi Gabe and Izzy,
Just wanted to say Hi and Thanks for coming to Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek your speech really influenced me last night! I have a question for you what if a girl gets bullied because of who there dating what whould u do?? Please reply once you get this message even if you dont wan anyone else to read this please reply! I also wanted to say that i love izzy she is the cutest dog ever! I also have a dog she's really specail because she's there for me whenever i feel bad about myself!
Love your Friend,
Hi Tell Izzy Happy Birthday on Her Birthday for me Please And you were awesome My school Loved you
YOu came to my school on November21 2008]
Hi Gabe And Izzy
I saw you at Hartland Middle school At Ore Creek you improved my school after speaking for at least 1 hour the school was changed in at least 2 hours and i was wondering were in Fenton you live i am very firmiliar with the town of Fenton
Thank you for coming to school and sharing what you went through. I think that it was very kind of you to share your past with us. I know what you went through because I am new to my school to.
Hey Gabe & Izzy you are a very spectacular inspirational person and Izzy is a very loving dog you have helped me with giving advice when you came to day to Ore Creek Middle School in Heartland MI. Thank you for every thing you do for people you are a very moving person to everyone. My family loves Izzy and you for all the things you went through in your life. thanks again for all every thing you have done for me and others. Stay strong and i cant wait till your book comes out and i really want to read it.
lots of love,
hiya!! thank you sooo much for coming to talk to my school today (hartland ore creek middle school)we were so absorbed in your talk and silent it was sereasly uncharactoristic, and belive me i know! and i finally get the saying you can hear a pin drop, because i bet you that you could. please write back to my email thank you again, i learned alot! your friend, alexandria (or tabbie for short, which ever is good for me!!!posted by alexandria on November 21, 2008 7:10 PM
Hello Gabe and izzy, i just want you 2 know that i think your amazing! You came 2 my school november 15, you are so cool and so is izzy.
hi, Gabe tell Izzy I said hi. Today you were at my school, Hartland Middle School. You're story was really inspireing and it made some kids I know apologize for how they acted. Thanks keep doing what you do. You are a hero to lots of kids.
God Bless You!
gabe and Izzy
Thank you so much for coming to Hartland Middle School today! You really are a great person. I think what you are doing is great. I love you and your dog. I will always care for you and your dog. I will never forget you!!!!Thanks for the advice.
Gabe you were at my school today in Hartland. You are such an inspiration to me and so many others. What you say is so inspirational it was such an honor hearing from you. You are such a survior and Izzy is too. Keep inspiring kids all over. Thank you so much!posted by Marissa on November 21, 2008 4:45 PM
hi gabe && izzy! you came to my school this morning, ore creek. you were so awesome and izzy is so cute! youre stories really touched me. they were really sad about how mean kids can be. but anyway i liked your speech!! good luck gabe and i hope you have fun with izzyyyy!posted by olivia on November 21, 2008 4:38 PM
hey gabe and izzy,
i love to dance just like you use to when you were able too. thank you for coming to my school you presented very nice. i thought i was going to cry your storys were so sad no one should be treated like that. thanks again
laurenposted by lauren on November 21, 2008 4:31 PM
thanks for visiting are school you are the greatestposted by colin on November 21, 2008 4:29 PM
Your speech was just fantastic, you came to my school (Hartland middle school), everything you talked about was amazing and very inspiring. When you left i could already see a difference in the halls. I think everyone realized how much pain bullying could really cause. You were very brave fighting through your disease, but fighting through the bullying, i don't think i could have done it like you. Thank you so much!! good luck with everything.posted by Katey on November 21, 2008 4:17 PM
Dear gabe and izzy,
I was at hartland middle school at Ore Creek when you came and talked i really loved your presentation and i wish both of you luck traveling around our country. =]
You taugah me alot today.(hartland ore creek middle school) i am never i meant never going to hurt someone.posted by Maire on November 21, 2008 3:38 PM
Thank you for coming to Ore Creek Middle School today. You gave a really good story and I really enjoyed listening to you. Your dog "IZZY" is so cute. Thanks again.posted by Anne on November 21, 2008 3:35 PM
Hey gabe and izzy,
i just wanted to say HI and that my grandpa has the same disease that you so i can kinda relate to you and how u feel!
thanks again for coming to speak to us and u spoke to us at Hartland schools today.
Hi Gabe and Izzy,
you guys came to Hartlad Middle School today and I would like to tell you how touched I was by you speaking and you gave alot of great advice. Also, I would like to tell you that your speaking is so...(I don't a word to put there) that it made me get a teary and sad because I feel bad for all of the kids that have a disability and I would never make fun of you or any other kid with a disability! Keep doing what your doing because you are doing a really good job!
Your Friend, Martina
(p.s. you're really pretty and I love your dog Izzy and happy early birthday to her)
Hi Gabe and Izzy. It was so cool hearing you speak at Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek. I was the girl who asked you for your autograph. Anyway, I totally hear where your coming from. I get bullied a lot. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how cool I think you are. Say hi to Izzy for me.
O my goodness i loved how you guys came to hms. It was so fun just listening to your story and i will NEVER forget it. I felt so sad when you were talking about car accdents cause 4 years ago my friend was killed in one and it just realled shoews how much u need to be nice to ppl and apperate your life that you have every day cause you do not know maybe one day in a split second it will be gone forever. Well thank you for coming to my school and talking to us about bulling because i am not a tall person i am short for my age and ppl make fun of me but i finally told them to stop and they did and now when they do it they are just playing around. Well thank you again and i hope to see you again.posted by Megan on November 21, 2008 3:15 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I am a student at Ore Creek Middle School, I was in the assembly and you are the most incredible person I have ever met! You are my idol! I hope to grow up just like you, you know, today I saw some bullying and I tryed to stop it. I was thinking of you when I did that. I really was trying to meet you but there was that crowd of people around you.
Hi thanks again to coming to my school. If I where in school with you I would always have helped you out with ANY problem you had!
♥Katie♥posted by Katie on November 21, 2008 3:08 PM
I am so ahppy that you came to my school today you have really brought warmth back into some hearts that neaded it i hope you and izzy are going to come back to hartland soon and that you are doing fine
with love and joy, merry christmas/thanksgiving
Elisabethposted by Elisabeth on November 21, 2008 3:07 PM
thank you for comeing to my school today orecreek middle school it was an expereants having you and izze come to your school today and i wish you and izze the best of luck on your jerneys to other schools but some kids still pick on me but try to egnor it butits so hard to do itposted by amanda on November 21, 2008 3:07 PM
Gabe and Izzy was so great to everyone! I think our school will be better. Now I dont feel like the only one getting bullied.
Bless you and Izzyposted by Katie on November 21, 2008 3:05 PM
HEYYY! May nickname is Kagome, but you can call me lexi. i am using my parents email address. i am 10 years old in torrey hill. you saw me i was one of the kids who hugged you. anyway i think you are the coolest person in the history of coolest person.posted by Kagome (Lexus) on November 21, 2008 3:04 PM
Hi Gabe & Izzy!
i am really happy that you were able to come to my school today :) but i also think you may have attended my church one day, cornerstone in highland. I really hope the kids at our school don't bully anymore, thanks!
hartland loves gabe and izzy :)posted by Abby on November 21, 2008 3:02 PM
you are so inspirring. you must have gone through so much. U ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!posted by Leah on November 21, 2008 3:01 PM
we love you izzy and gabe when you came to torry hill you made me cry and my friend i love you and thanks for the hug and letting our class pet izzy you are so special and very pretty thnks for you support and letting us know how rude bullying isposted by brianna on November 21, 2008 2:53 PM
Me and my friend Chase feel so sorry for you and what you gone through. happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and happy New Year.
P.S. chase was the one who brought the shake when you were at Torry HIll, Lake Fenton
When you came to my school your speech that you gave was spectactular and i loved. You are an inspiration to everyone.
Allison Torrey Hill Intermidiate School
Hey Gabe and Izzy how are you guys doing you did good at Torrey Hill assembily I am in 5th grade in Mrs Pattison's class. I hope you don't get teased anymore they aren't that kind if they do that. Hopefully you feel better and have Izzy fell good to. So how is your life?? It is probaly better with out getting teased. You are the most prettiest and one of the nicest girls. Keep up the good work I LOVE U BOTH
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Hey Gabe and Izzy,
you guys ore awesome and thank you for coming to my school (lake fenton) and talking to us about bulling. Now we do not have as much bulling as we use to!!!
i love your assembly. i have also been teased on before and i sure hope it made a difference. your assembly was very touching and i think people in hartland middle school took it to heart. i love your dog izzy. she is soooo cute. i wish i could have a loyal dog like that. i think you are a very good hearted, strong and kind lady. you are my role model.
I thought the speach you gave to our school was VERY AMAZING!!! It made me think twice about alot of things and my atitude towards some people have changed. i think what you said to the kids made them see more of your point with the reall life examples. it really made me think of how some people can act,and i am so soory that you had to be treated that way, no one should have to go through people physically and emotionaly beating them down like that. Once more thank you for coming.posted by brianna on November 21, 2008 2:18 PM
i loved your presentation today and i loved it it was really tuching. i really felt the same way.posted by owen on November 21, 2008 2:18 PM
I'm glad that you came to hartland ore creek middle school. In my soc. studies class, I'm writing a paper about bulling because I hate how people think they can bully anyone in school. It wastes valuable time in school. There really isnt a lot of bulling in my school but sometimes there is. When you came to my school, you helped me think of other things to write on my paper. Thanks you for coming to my school.
your bullying speech was touchingposted by Jack Van Houten on November 21, 2008 2:16 PM
you rock and i thimk izzy is one of the cutest dogs ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)☺posted by jarrett alan on November 21, 2008 2:15 PM
i think that it was a good expirence to be visited by Gabe and Izzy because it really helps stress the fact that there is a no tolerence for bullying. i really appreciate that you guys took the time to come visit Hartland Middle School and show what it is like on the other side of the line where you are the person being bullied not the person doing the bullying
Hartland Middle School
I loved that you came to our school today. I attend Hartland Ore Creek Middle School and I was so touched to see you and hear your presentation. I felt so bad that that happened to you and I am greatfull that nothing like that has ever happened to me. I know you certainly touched the hearts of many today, and I am sure you will touch many more this week. You will have probably touched the hearts of the world by the end of this year.I wish you the best of luck. Say HI to Izzy for me and i wish her the best of luck too.posted by Kali on November 21, 2008 2:08 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy, I loved what you said when you came to my school, Hartland Ore Creek. Thank you soooo much for coming to my school!! I think you are so lucky too have a dog like Izzy. Right me back!!!!!! I thought you were awesome!!!!!
Hi Gabe and Izzy, i loved your speaking today at hartland middle school. it was very inspiring and attitude changing event. izzy is so cute and i just recently got a new puppy. Her name is maggie. please email me, that would be super awesome!
Hi Gabe and Izzy i loved the assembly at Hartland Middle School. izzy is adorable and i love her name. i might be getting a dog but not untill next summer. i am so insipiered by the assembly (i love your hair it is so pretty) thank you for coming to our school and i hope i get to see you again i love your hair again!
hey u came 2 my skool 2day harland middle YOU ARE AWSOME E-MAIL ME BACK OR do you have a myspace or a face book?? u are a big insperaton write back ttyl jakeposted by jake on November 21, 2008 2:06 PM
Gabe and Izzy,
I loved seeing you at my school, Ore Creek Middle School. It was really cool, and Izzy is so cute. I'm so glad that you and Izzy have such a great relationship together. I have three dogs and I love them to death.
Your life was really hard when you were younger. I'm glad that it is much easier now. Thank you for visiting my school!
~Morganposted by Morgan on November 21, 2008 2:04 PM
I like your speech today and it is relly nice of you to come to Hartland middle school. To tlak about bulling in schools and to respct other people.posted by dylan on November 21, 2008 1:51 PM
I love UUUUUUUUposted by Thumpkin on November 21, 2008 12:08 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I really like that you guys came to our school today. i enjoyed your presentation. sry that last email i sent you i forgot to put the date and so i'm typing this other one so i can put the date you and Izzy rock 11-21-08
I loved your presentation at Hartland Middle School i especially loved your dog Izzy.I learned alot about bullying and how to stop it.
hey gabe i loved the presontation that you did at ore creek today it was awsome i think that there will be a lot less bulling at ore creek noposted by nathan on November 21, 2008 12:03 PM
you were good im from hartland middle schoolposted by bob on November 21, 2008 12:02 PM
Hi gabe i really liked your assembly and i think alot of students did to and you and i really like your dog i wish i had one just like it. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!posted by kevin on November 21, 2008 12:01 PM
I loved your presentation today i enjoyed it and i think a lot of other students did to, and i think students will not bother or bully other studnets because of the wonderful presentation and the stories you told us it meant a lot to me and hey izzy! Please type back Jonposted by Jon P on November 21, 2008 11:59 AM
I really liked when u came to our school today. Thank you, you opened up a new chapter in my life.ur dogs r cute.
thank you for coming to my school Ore Creek middle school in Hartland Michigan. date=11/21/08
dear Gabe and Izzy,
I'm a student that goes to Ore Creek Middle School. You did an assembly at our school and I just wanted to say thanx for coming. I was very nice that you came to our school. I'll definatly think about what to do when some one is bothering me. Thanks so much.
hi gabe this is mitchell from ore creek!!!!!1 i think ur really brave and u deserve alot of credit.
P.S. tell izzy i said hi
i realy liked your presentation and hope you come back agin to are school so you can talk to us in 8th grade and also i realy liked your dog. and i had a question about bullying what happens if they get called down to office but they keep harrasing and hitting?posted by erik on November 21, 2008 11:56 AM
Hi gabe and izzy your a great role model!posted by Lauren on November 21, 2008 11:37 AM
you are my hero
you are an amazing person
thank you for comeing to t.h.i.s on 11/19/08 i relly enjoyed listening to yopu talkposted by morgan on November 21, 2008 10:09 AM
you rock and keep up the good work!!!!!!posted by don on November 21, 2008 10:01 AM
Hey Gabe hey Izzy! I told my parents about you because you umm were at my cousins school! so umm ya! Thanks for being an insperation!posted by Noah on November 20, 2008 9:16 PM
hi gabe i was thinking that people shouldn't bully a person just because they have a muscle disorder that suck that people picked on you. i will see you soon LOVE LUKUSposted by lukus from torrey hill intermediate school on November 20, 2008 8:44 PM
Dear Gabe & Izzy,
I'm so glad you came to my school, Hardy Elementary! I found out that you and Izzy were in the newspaper at our school! After I found that out, I was jumping so hard I BOUNCED FROM WALL TO WALL!
I have a question: If you wanted to talk to a friend and they ran away from you every time you talked to them, what would you do?
Please write back to me,
you are the best idoll. you cam to my school on wed.19 of october at lakefenton . my teacker is mrs.kinghorn. you new here daughter.i will keep writeing to you your friend sydney!!!!!!!
you are my new idollposted by sydney on November 20, 2008 5:16 PM
you and izzy inspier me. when you came to lake fenton on November 19 2008 i was the 5th grader claping high every time. YOU ROCK!!!posted by Sydney on November 20, 2008 3:02 PM
Dear Gabe and izzy, I know me being a popstar you would think that i do not have time 4 emailing you. But you came to the school i went to, tennesse high school. you are so awsome!!! i cant believe what you went through. Your a hero!!! :) Miley Cposted by Miley c on November 20, 2008 2:11 PM
Thankyou for coming to our school.How is your leg? How is Izzy? I promise I will never be mean.
posted by Garrett Torrey Hill 3rd grade on
November 20, 2008 10:41 AM
I made a coment last night.Do you remember me?I ment evrything I said.It must be really hard for you.I have a guisten for you.How many friends do you have now?I love you sooooooooooooo much.
Your bigest fan,
I hope you are doing good.posted by David P a third grader at torrey hill on November 20, 2008 10:35 AM
you are grate with dogs and a good team with izzy I love your website
can you come to teach my dog max to roll over
and he allready knows shake. from adi buy!
YOU ARE GRATEposted by ADI TORREY HILL on November 20, 2008 10:27 AM
Dear Gabe-Izzy i hope you r aok today. I am realy sorry about what happend.
hey gadeand issy can you send me some pichers or call meposted by mercedes on November 20, 2008 9:07 AM
I really liked your speach you said to our school Torrey Hill Intermedite School.I really like that you are trying to help people all over the to get over there anger proplems. I think Izzy is so CUTE!! I also think you and Izzy are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Allison age 9 and in forth grade.
your a great pearson! you help kids all over the country! That is a big responsability. you have the rite to do anything you set your mind to.Alot of peaple called you names and kicked your books and even kicked you. So that is wy you will be my #1 fan!But those peaple who did all thiose nasty things to you,well If I went to your school when that was hapening, I would defenitly be your friend and defend you and tell someone they were hearting you. but they dont have the right to do that to you.So I am giving a special thanks to you for comeing to torry hill lake fenton intermidiat school!You will always be my great friend!posted by cammi on November 19, 2008 8:50 PM
Hi Gabe, my name is Ashlyn and you spoke to my school today at Torrey Hill. I am in 4th grade in Schomaker's class. I loved your video story and seeing you and Izzy today. I was telling my parents about you and we watched your video on your website, then we realized that my parents know you and your family. My Mom, Amy Mann was great friends with you sister Lisa, and my Dad, Brian was best friends with her boyfriend Rob Feldhahn. They also know your mom Rhonda and your dad Rick and say they are very nice people. Then Mom told me she used to babysit your little sister Madeline when she was a little baby. My dad says you are beautiful and look like your mother with blonde hair, and he is sorry to hear about your grandpa and wish your family the best. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Gabe!!
I was at the school you were at today.I think that you are so very amazing!!!!!You are a very pretty girl and I am so very sorry for you.After the asemble I felt so sorry for you I started to cry.I have been made fun of because I am so small.You are my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love your bigest fan,
Hi Gabe and Izzy. Thank you for coming to our school today. It really made you think about how bad being bullied and to bully someone else is. I really think it is great that you go around the country to help these kids with the schools bullying problem. Also I intend to keep my promise that i will NEVER let someone be bullied or bully someone. ALSO i USED TO HAVE A BIG DOG TOO AND HE HAD CANCER AND HE WOULD NIP AT EVERYONE ELSE BUT ME I DONT KNOW WHY BUT I GUESS HE WAS KIND OF LIKE IZZY . GIRLS BEST FRIEND.:) ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY SCHOOL.LOVE:Arriana Graceposted by Arriana on November 19, 2008 5:27 PM
Hi!I'm really glad I saw you and Izzy at Torrey Hill.It's really sad when you get bullied,I even gotten bullied about my size.Oh ya I forgot to tell you thanks for the great advice.
dear gabe and izzy you guys came to my school torry hill thank you sooooooo much you are so inspireing
Hi gabe and Izzy. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!posted by Megan on November 19, 2008 3:16 PM
Your such an insperation any whows your a amazing person mabey you should enter Izzy in a dog show.posted by Natalie on November 19, 2008 3:12 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
You came to my school to day (Lake Fenton Intermediat school) I thought that it was amazing that you and Izzy alomost got digionost with the same thing! I hope you'll e-mail me gabe I have so many questions!
Hi Gabe! You know me but you may not remember me. I'm talking to you about being bullied. I cant believe what people did to you im so sorry! I meet you before at my old school Tomek Eastern Elamentary. You came 2 my school today at Torry Hill Intemediate school. (lake fenton district)
Keep in touch! <3 Megan
Hi Gabe and Izzy!
I am from LakeFenton and 5 grade and I am so happy that you came
lake fenton school. I am deaf and i am different too! i am so enjoy
to be different. I feel i dont need copy other people or be like them. I think bullied is not safe and nice.
Hey Gabe Hey Lizzy. I THINK YOU GUYS ROCK! and I think your right about no bulling in the schools...Its awsome that u came I hope u can come back soon ok...I hope I can see u and lizzy again...posted by Reese on November 19, 2008 2:58 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy you guys are awesome! Thanks for teaching kids how to not be a bully.
Im one of the students at T.h.i.s. I wust wanted to send you to some coments on how nice you two are. YOU TO ROCK THANKS!!!! From:Nick To: Gabe and Izzy!!!!
gabe and izzy ever since i watched that video of you and ever since you came to our school torrey hilled up to you a couple years ago i been made fun of and i still do.posted by aranda on November 19, 2008 2:53 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy! You just visited my school! Lake Fenton. I was So happy to see you there! I want to see you again real soon! i really do hope so! I am very proud of you for fighting with your desies this whole time! I think it is really cool that you are strong enough for shareing your story with us and what it has been like all this time! You are very very pretty and i hope you get stonger every day! I want you to know that i care a lot and want to help you as much as i can if possible!posted by Macie on November 19, 2008 2:52 PM
hey gab you gave a great lecter atT.H.I.S today here's my adress
or write me back tell izzy i love her
dear gabe and izzy im really sorry that you can't walk anymore
and I fell bad for you your friend SAWYER .
Dear, Gabe and IZZY you are asome and sweet.
posted by Savanna on
November 19, 2008 1:19 PM
Dear, Gabe I think you are wonderful.
posted by olivia on
November 19, 2008 1:18 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I bet it was hard during high school,It's good though that you made it so the bullies wouldn't think you'r such an easy target.You are a great rolmodel,I hope you have a happy Thanksgivin
Sincerely, Lauren P.S. I saw you at Lake Fenton Torrey Hill Intermediate School, You were great!posted by Lauren on November 19, 2008 1:17 PM
dear gabe and izzy
I think you are vary nice and sweet.
have a good thanksgiving.
Hi I'm Zoey .I loved your speech at Torry Hill in Fenton.
Your Firend Zoey . :-)
Thanks for coming to torry hill intermediate school and teaching us not tot bully.I hope you will never get bullyed again. I was just going to holly academy and you were just there last year and you have changed alot.I just came tot lake fenton this year so I rember you going to my old school. I have a question what website did you go to to find izzy because she is so cute and I will try to convince my mom to get a dog just like izzy and name it izzy. Thanksposted by Brendan on November 19, 2008 12:33 PM
WOW!You inspire me so much! I can't beleive all the trouble you went though! I'm amased! Izzy is so cute! Thank you for coming to Torry Hill Intermediate School (T.H.I.S.)posted by Crystal on November 19, 2008 12:29 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IZZYposted by Caty on November 19, 2008 12:23 PM
You were awsome at torrey hill school!!I am very sorry what has been happening to you in your life.I have had people do that to me also because people think that I am a little over weight.Also you can email me. I hope that you and izzy have a happy fun filled life together.Like I said I am sorry what has been happening to you in your life.posted by Nastassja on November 19, 2008 12:21 PM
Thanks for coming to my school (Torrey Hill) You are great you relly inspier me.
i`m am so sorry how all the kids were bullying that is very sad i feel sadposted by jarod on November 19, 2008 12:15 PM
We're from Lake Fenton and you just came to speak at Torrey Hill Intermediate School (literally 10 minutes ago on 11-19-08). Thank-you for coming to our school. You were AWESOME! You really inspired us to NOT bully at any school, anytime, anywhere. You are very brave for all that you do and continue to do. We thought that Izzy was really cute! You were right--dogs really can be a woman's best friend, too. You and Izzy were meant to be together :) Thanks again for coming to our school. Love, Mrs. Schomaker's 4th grade class of 2008-2009!posted by Mrs. Schomaker's 4th grade class on November 19, 2008 12:14 PM
Hi Gabe & Izzy,
I'm glad I saw you at Hardy Elementary. I know how it feels to be bullied, I was once bullied at my old school. Thanks for giving me and my classmates some advice. I love Izzy and wish I had a special dog just like you do.
hi you came to my school hardy. I have a question about being bulled. What if you tell the teacher and then she calls the kids down to have a talk and they say they wont do it again but on the bus they do. What do i do . wright back soon. thank youposted by alexandria on November 16, 2008 10:22 AM
Hi I'm back again! Whats up!!! I just wanted to say hi!!!
Love your friend, Shannon <3
posted by Shannon on
November 13, 2008 4:06 PM
Hey it's me again!I just wanted to say that you are an amazing woman and to me you are a HERO!!!! Being bullied just hurts you inside and out. It must have been hard for you when you were getting bullied! But you were strong through your high school years and you were just amazing!! Love your friend, Shannon <3posted by Shannon on November 13, 2008 3:45 PM
You are a spectacular lady. You spoke to my Lake Orion, MI., Rotary Chapter today. I can not recall a day in recent memory where I was more impacted than today. Because of you, Izzy and your mother sharing with me today I found something that I thought had gone away forever - my belief in people and their ability to be good to each other. I shall take your message to everyone I encounter. You have rekindled my hope. Thanks will never be enough payment for what you have returned to me.
Ben Hockenberryposted by Ben Hockenberry on November 13, 2008 3:17 PM
Hi Gabe! I was a fifth grader at Hardy Elementary in MI when you came to our school and had the assembly! I really think that those kids that were rude to you are really mean!!
I have a bully in my class and i dont know what to do. He calls me and my friends really bad names and nastie things like that. I was wondering if you could give me some advice!
From you friend, Shannon
You came to my school on november 12 2008 and talked to us about bullying and how it is hurtful so I wanted to email you and say it was very good and i think it sot to me and my friends now I know how hurt ful it can be and I wanted to let you know it got to me and I think you shoould come every year!
from your freind,
Dear Gabe and Izzy, You came to my school Hardy Elementary. I don't like bullieing as much as you do. I loved your speech about you and Izzy. Someone thought I called them a name but I didn't. What should I do??? Please write back,Hannahposted by Hannah on November 12, 2008 5:38 PM
hi Gabe and Izzy
was it easy to change to a wheel chair?i hope you and Izzy feel a lot better.
tell Izzy happy birthday on Christmas eveposted by sydney on November 12, 2008 4:42 PM
Thanks for coming to my school today.I really enjoyed your speech.
I also thought your dog Izzy was really cute!I have a Chocolate Lab and he's my best friend too. My school is Hardy Elemantary and you came here on November 12! Please write back!
Dear Gabe & Izzy,
Thank you for visiting Hardy Elementary today! Thank you for bringing Izzy, and for letting us pet her too. The best part was that you taught us an important lesson that we will always remember. We appreciate that you took the time to come to our school.
Thanks for a wonderfully inspiring true story. Keep up the great work, Gabe and Izzy.posted by Mae E on November 11, 2008 4:00 PM
my name is Sara, I read an article about you and Izzy. We are so much a like, 1) We both have FA, 2) We love dogs (and cats) and we are both children's writers. Oh ya, we're close in age, I'm 22! E-mail me if you'd like!
I hope you have a happy halloween!I am going to be a spider bried
how about you?
P.S you smell like a FLOWER!
Hey Gabe and Izzy! You have went to my school a few days ago. That was an inspiring speech. I have the same connection with my dog like you and Izzy I love my dog always and forever. Thanks for talking with my school, it was nice meeting you.posted by nikki on October 24, 2008 8:32 AM
Gabe, You probably don't remember me but, I remeember you as a child at SFT. I was friends with your uncle Steve. Keep up the good work. God gives special person special assignments!!!!!posted by Ron McElrath on October 17, 2008 10:57 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
When you came to Lincoln School in Palatine last Friday you made a great speech.
When I heard that you got bullied I almost started crying.
Thanks for coming to our school Gabe and Izzy you were great!
thank you for coming to my school.posted by max on October 14, 2008 10:56 AM
thank you for coming to my school.I am happy you came.I learned a lot.posted by anja on October 14, 2008 10:54 AM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I enjoyed the show and I now know that bulling is wrong.Thank you for coming!
Dear Gabe, your asembley... ROCKED!!!I learnd a LOT about bulleying.Thanck you for comeing!!!posted by Philip on October 14, 2008 10:53 AM
Thank you Gabe and Izzy for comeing to are schoolposted by cedric on October 14, 2008 10:52 AM
Thanks Gabe for comeing to Virgina lack School
P.S Did you like the letter I gave you?
thank you gabe for coming to our school.I't was a honor meeting you.posted by raymond on October 14, 2008 10:49 AM
thanks for coming to are school gabe and izzy you look prety and izzy was a good dogposted by koraima on October 14, 2008 10:48 AM
where's your next show? I want to see it again!posted by matthew on October 14, 2008 8:32 AM
hey my name is gloria I was at lincoln on friday 10/10/08 and just so you now i am really in to your story and i will like to now more about it. your dog izzy is so cute i will like to have one once in life but my mom dosnt let me because she thinks she will do all the work. but i say since i had bunnies before wy cant i have a dog.any ways I love your story it almost made me cry a nd i hope to see you again some day in still in elemetry this school year. or in walter sundling junior high or palatine high school.I am like a fan of you well i now you might say wy but i still like the way you are and i told my family about that friday and your story and i am serios my mom if she sees your videos she will cry. well hope you can see me again LOVE YOU AND IZZY TOOposted by gloria on October 13, 2008 9:47 PM
i was the kid with crutches in the back
Izzy is awesome
I am from Pleasant Hill
thank you for coming to lincoln school. i really enjoyed your speech. your a great person i promise i will never be a bully and izzy is such a cute dog.
Thankyou for coming to lincoln school . you are a really awsome person you gave an awsome speech . you and izzy are a very very good rolemodel > You are lucky to have a dog like izzy.your friend from lincoln elementary school michelle :)
Dear Gabe and Izzy, thanks for coming to Lincoln School. My life people have called me names laughed at me pushed me its sad. When people see me they see me as a mean person l get mad very easily but some people cant blame me because l go though the same pain at home and school so yea but thanks for coming it sort of helped me.posted by Gina on October 12, 2008 8:17 AM
thank you so much for coming to lincoln school in palatine you are a grat rolemodle and you really make a differance in schools you are also lucky to have a dog like izzy she is so adorableposted by alison on October 11, 2008 3:30 PM
heyy u rock gabe and u 2 izzyposted by Samantha on October 11, 2008 2:57 PM
I was wanted to thank you again for coming to Pleasant Hill Elementary and about the school bullying. I will use your advice and P.S., your dog, Izzy, is very cute! :)
Thank you for coming to my school. Your eyes are really cute and pretty. Your dog "Izzy" (which i think is a very cute name) is soft, cuddle, and cute (sweet too!).
posted by Raine on
October 11, 2008 1:08 AM
Your friend from Lincoln(Palatine, IL)District 15!
Raine (6th grade Mrs.Lane's class)!!!
Hey, Thank you for coming to my school.
(Lincoln Elementary School)
Your eyes are really pretty!
And your dog, Izzy is really cute. :)
Your friend from Lincoln School in Palatine, IL
Thank you for coming to my school today and teaching me about bullying, and that I shouldn't do it. Izzy was very mellow like my dog who is only one year old.posted by Cole on October 10, 2008 9:13 PM
thank you soo much for coming to our school in palatine you gave an awsome speech and you are a great role model for me and other kids izzy is relly cute and you are very lucky to have a dog like herposted by alison on October 10, 2008 8:56 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy. Today is 10/10/08. I really liked your presentation it was a good help to everyone. Me and my friends actually came closer to each other after your talk abput bullying and how not to have anyone cry.
Thank you. You are a true hero
may the lord help aid you tlcposted by liane on October 10, 2008 10:45 AM
Dear Gabe,Sorry that you where bullied in middle school. Thank you for coming to Virginia Lake Elementary School to teach us not to bully someone. I hope Izzy is okay. I know I don't want to get bullied like you did. From, MaKaylaposted by MaKayla on October 9, 2008 9:32 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy, I hope you both are feeling better with your diseases! Our family is going to pray for you and Izzy. Thank you for coming to my school and talking about bullying. I hope people do not make fun of you anymore like they did when you were in high school. That was the best assembly I have ever saw in my hole life.posted by Mckenzie on October 9, 2008 9:17 PM
Heyy Gabe and Izzy,
When you came to Willow Bend, everything changed almost. People don't bully alot around here anymore. You're right we should put a stop to bullying.posted by Sheryl on October 9, 2008 9:08 PM
Hello Gabe! My sister told me about you and I know smart, confident and sophisticated you are. If you don't mind e-mail me at this address. I would love to keep in touch!posted by Aarifah on October 9, 2008 8:35 PM
i saw the video of to day and it was so awesome because it taught me not to fight back my bully who is always next to me and saying mean thing about me and sending roomers about me that are not ture so gabe and izzy you hve taught a lot about bullying so i can stop themposted by cristabel s on October 9, 2008 8:01 PM
Do you and Izzy do other things beside go to kids schools? What was your favorite school to go to including my school Virginia Lake? And thank you for comeing to my school and telling us about not bulling!posted by Sydney on October 9, 2008 7:23 PM
I am inspired by your story! You came to my school today!
I learned from you never to bully and how much it hurts people!
You are one of my heros! Thanks, Gabe
I really like u Gabe. You are such an inspiration to me.
posted by Humairaa on
October 9, 2008 5:07 PM
dear, gabe. wen you came to vergina lake(vl) you were fantastic and i used to bully. now i dont bully and i learned alot from you. it was a smart thing to come to our school. to,gabe&izzy from, nikkolasposted by Joyce/ Nikkolas on October 9, 2008 5:00 PM
Gabe, you are awesome my school Willow Bend loved you and it taught all of us how to not bully anymore. Thank you so much for coming!!
Thanksposted by Sheryl on October 9, 2008 4:26 PM
Gabe you are so inspiring and nice!!posted by Sheryl on October 9, 2008 4:24 PM
Hey Gabe and Izzy! Thanks for coming to our school! It was a lot of fun. You really tought me a lot about why bullying is wrong.
Thanks a bunch,
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
Thank you for coming to my school. I had a really fun time listening
to your stuff about not bullying. I hope now a lot of kids want to be
your friend now. I feel really bad when you where younger that people
were bullying you so that is why I feel bad for you.
hi gabe and izzy!!!♥ i wanted to say thamkyou for coming to our school (Willow Bend) my name is mariela and i wanted to say that you thought us a valuable laeson that i would never forgetposted by mariela on October 8, 2008 6:34 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy,
I FEEL SO SO SO sorry for you because of what you had to go through in your life.I also learned a lot from you said at my school Pleasant Hill Elementary school,Palatine,Illinois.
Hey, I seen a video and it taught me more. It told me that words could hurt someone, make you self conious...So I just wanted to tell you that and that I was glad when you came to Willow Bendposted by Deonna on October 7, 2008 10:50 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I want to thankyou for coming to my school,Willow Bend.
Youand Izzy can make such a change by coming to schools of children before they may come mean. Thank you again,
Thanks for coming to paddock. please email me back I want tto tell you more!posted by leslie on October 7, 2008 8:41 PM
hey gabe and izzy
omg! I loved it when you came to Paddock.I feel bad for what you went through. Bulling is really bad and i think that you can make a difference around the nation. i saw all the comments thta kids left you and i just had to say wow! You are really brave to go out in public.Please write me back.
Hi Gabe and Izzy!!! Im Deonna and you came to my school (Willow Bend) on a Tuesday, which I think was the sixth of October, which is today. I was so excited to meet you!!! I felt so bad for you, and sometimes I feel your pain...But ever since you and Izzy came, it changed everything. And I thank you so much for that. I hope to see you again someday. Have a nice life Gabe and Izzy
Your Loving fan, Deonna (6th grade)
Hi Gabe and Izzy,
I enjoyed visiting with you today at my school, Willow Bend. People should not bully others because that's the wrong thing to do. Your message is a good one.
sarah rposted by Sarah R on October 7, 2008 7:49 PM
thank you for coming to our school and right when you left an hour later someone made fun of me and it really didnt feel good and this has been happening to me since the beging of the school year and i just started to cry because i hate that she keeps doing it.so again thank you for coming
posted by natalie on
October 7, 2008 7:25 PM
ps.this is my moms emial address
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I was at Paddock School when you told us that story. Im sorry about those mean kids. My family and I have some pets of our own. We have a bunny, a dog (mountain cur), a guinea pig, some fish, and a frog. Soon we might be able to open up a zoo. haha. Please type me back as soon as possible. Bye!!!!
Dear Gabe And Izzy
this is maddy i enjoyed your story.I have a dog named leo he is two. i also have a bunny named mudd he is black and brown.i also have a red eyed tree frog named lightening that is two mounths old.I also have a guinea pig, his name is curly q. he is black, white, brown and carmel color. I also have some fish. that is about all of my pets. Talk to you soon bibi.
Dear Gabe and Izzy I relly wish you could come to my school again. you relly inspired me to stop others that I see
I go to scool at Padock scool and I relly like your speech it relly taught me a lesson.
hey gabe you were awesome!! im soo glad u came to our school (paddock)
because i think you made a difference, its amazing that you used to be nervous to go out in public and now you talk in front of so many schools! I wanted to let you know thaty i think its very sad that anyone would bully someone like you its sad that anyone would get bullied but when someone pushes you (or somthing like that) its hard to get back up.youre really brave and just a great person and izzy is soo cute!! for one last time you rock!!! peace out!:)
Thank you for visiting my school today. I really enjoyed your speech and I hope you enjoyed our school. And remember, always believe in yourself, no matter how hard life gets.
Hi Gabe!! I really enjoyed you coming to my school,Willow Bend,today. You were great and I really learned a valuable lesson that I will never forget.Thankyou very much for coming to my school.
P.S. i love your dog
you came to my school today. Izzy is a nice dog thank you for coming and talking about bullying. I really enjoyed listening to you. I went home and told my mom all about the two of you. I also showed her the video on-line.You are very pretty.10-6-08 school padock
Dear Gabe, I saw you at my school today. Izzy was so cute! It made me feel sad when you told us about your childhood. I am very glad you met Izzy. Thank you for coming and talking about bullying at my school. Love, Melanieposted by Melanie on October 6, 2008 8:58 PM
Hey Gabe Hey Izzy I'm miley...... you came to my cousin's school and she was really happy that she told me all about you! So keep rocking and helping people your so awesome!!!posted by Miley on October 6, 2008 8:31 PM
Hi gabe and Izzy!
I found a song that really shows the story about you and izzy. its called " two worlds collide" by demi lavoto. go on youtube ang lisen to the whole thing. its a really good song and you and izzy are really good people! And good speach at my school "Paddock" I think the bulling will stop in are school! Thank you gabe and izzy!
hi Gabe and Izzy you and your so nice you are so good at making speeches you came to my school on Oct.6 2008 i feel realy bad Izzy got the disese too when you made the speech i almost started to cry love,Janeposted by Jane on October 6, 2008 7:48 PM
The assembly you presented at Paddock School this morning was very moving and meaningful to the students. It opened up a good discussion with my students in what bullying is and how it makes you feel. I'm sure they will always remember your journey and how you overcame your difficults. Thanks to you and Izzy, maybe some child will be spared your pain. Good luck to you in your chosen vocation!
Linda Kiehl 3rd/4th grade teacherposted by Linda Kiehl on October 6, 2008 7:23 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy,
My name is amanda and you were at my school 'Stuart R. Paddock' And for anti bullying week you made a great difference! All the bullies all appoligized and now there really nice! Thank you so much and thank you to Izzy! And I made new friends! I just talked to them and they were being really nice to me! Thanks for believeing in us!
I wished you could be my babysitter. I think that would be cool. I saw you at Paddock School today. I liked petting Izzy.
Thank you for coming to my school.
From Derek May (2nd Grade)
I AM SORRY THAT YOU HAVE BEEN HURT I KNOW YOU SAID YOU DONT WANT NOONE FELLING SORRY FOR YOU BUT IT IS HARD FOR ME TO KEEP IT IN I REALLY CARE ABOUT YOU LOVE YA!!!!!posted by shakeevia on October 6, 2008 5:00 PM
you came to my school paddock on october 6 and i think you relly made a difference to people who are bullies.thanks for comming to paddock!!posted by nicole on October 6, 2008 4:58 PM
i go to Paddock school that you visited Oct.6,2008 i missed your presentation so i got on your website i will really want to know if you are doing okay i am really concerned. thank you be carefulposted by shakeevia on October 6, 2008 4:20 PM
Hi gabe. I forgot how old are you? How old is Izzy?posted by Sophie on October 6, 2008 4:17 PM
Gabe, you and Izzy were stars at Paddock Elementary School in Palatine, Illinois. I saw you today and you were brave and great. I have a hound dog too. He's a Beagle. Much smaller than Izzy.
Katie (8 yrs old)
(Thanks for sharing your story with my daughter.) Katie's Mom
You and Izzy have an incredible story to share and I love that you have turned this into an opportunity to help other young people. You are an inspiration. Strangers, instantly become your friends. I've watched you transform from a very shy young girl to a beautiful speaker who touches so many hearts. May God continue to bless your entire family as you inspire those around you.
your awsome!!!! talking about bulling is great. thank you for coming to are school!posted by Kendal on October 6, 2008 1:05 PM
Hi Gabe (and Izzy!),
I sat a row behind you on the Northwest flight the other week from Raleigh to Detroit and heard your story. Absolutely amazing. At the end, I was left dabbing my eyes. It is your courage and wonderful spirit that serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration to us all, and I hope you realize that. All the best, and I look forward to buying your book when it comes out!posted by Rahul Khetrapal on October 3, 2008 8:00 PM
I totally bawled when I saw your and Izzy's story on animal planet!
so sweet. You guys are so inspirational.posted by Kari on October 2, 2008 4:50 PM
Most people never knew I was bullied all through school.posted by Ben Tinti on October 2, 2008 4:17 PM
keep it up Gabe and Izzy! Your the best! Keep the world safe from bullies. I hope you liked Ravenscroft!
Love Carolineposted by Caroline on September 20, 2008 8:05 PM
I think it is a truly wonderful story that you and Izzy share. You are such a wonderful person whose story should be shared forever. Thanks so much for coming to my school it was a wonderful speech.
hi gabe and izzy!!
i think that you are really lucky that you have friends now. I also really liked when you spoke at my school the other day. I go to Ravenscroft. I cheered for you when I was taking my choir picture yesturday!!!! i really think that you are awesome!!!
Hey there Gabe!
You came to my school last week and I wanted to say thank you for being so brave and coming back to the place where it all started. I know it must of been really hard for you, I understand just how bad it feels to be bullied. In tenth grade I had a girl who picked on me everyday because of my weight, she tormented me. She would yell down the halls "hey miss piggy are you hungry?" She was the most horrible person ever, I was going through a hard time in my life and I really needed a friend more then an enemy. I was in therapy because of my depression and she wasn't helping me at all. She finally moved to a different school and almost everything is better now.
Having you come to my school and talking about your experence at Lake Fenton High School made me think how bad people can be. I know that its only a handful of people that are so mean that they can make someone never want to go back to school ever again, but still I dont think anyone should ever make anyone else feel that bad about themselves.
Well I just wanted to say thank you so much, I wanted to tell you in person but there was a huge croud of people around you. But thank you and I want to apologize to you for all of those people who went to my school and made you so sad.
posted by Jennifer on
September 17, 2008 9:49 PM
Im am so glad my Grandma got you Izzy. (grandma Chris.) I hope you have Izzy and a whole bunch of other Izzys for centereys to come. I hope you and Izzy had fun at the little reunion we had. Ben was a little barky but you know there dogs and brother and sister. I know Ishmel isnt related to Izzy but he still part of the family anyway. Mabye one day you will come to my school one day. Its in California. VMS (Vandenburg Middle School). You are very sweet and fun to be around.:) :) :) <3posted by Kash (kailey ashton smith hooker) on September 17, 2008 8:49 PM
You did a great job when you came to Ravescroft School! I was one of the luckey fifth graders that got to meet you!posted by Abbie on September 17, 2008 8:22 PM
Thank you so much for speaking today at our school, Ravenscroft. You were great and inspiring.posted by Jackson on September 17, 2008 7:52 PM
Thanks for coming to ravenscroft. I'm glad you can overcome all of that.
You must be a really strong person. Best Wishes
Hi Gabe, I had so much fun at the assembly today at Ravenscroft. I'm the little girl with blonde hair you saw today that asked if you were going to make an autobiography. I just wanted to say that you did a great job doing your speech. I asked my mom if I could get your autobiography. Tell Izzy I said hello! Bye-Bye!posted by Mary on September 17, 2008 5:32 PM
Hi my name is Alexndra and I go to Ravenscroft school. I know that recently you visited our school and talked about bullying. Thanks for coming. It made me stop and really think. I think Izzy is adorable! When I went up on stage I forgot to give you a hug, so I'm sending you one over the internet.
Gabe and Izzy came to my school today and i loved it!!!1 It was so inspiring!!! She really taught us something!!!!!! She is So NICE!!!!!posted by Sophie on September 17, 2008 4:53 PM
My name is Hope and you visited my school today. Ravenscroft. I just want to say how much I enjoyed your speech and loved your dog. Is it hard for Izzy to move around? I loved meating you and your dog.
Hopeposted by Hope on September 17, 2008 4:35 PM
Thank you so much for your presentation today at our school. It has already made an impact. One of my girls wrote me a note before the end of school letting me know that a boy has been making fun of her in the lunchroom and at recess. I don't know if she would have come forward if you hadn't challenged them to have the courage to do that. Here is at least one girl who will be able to have good days now once we address the issue and I'm sure there will be more students impacted. Your work is so important and truly can change peoples' lives. I hope you can come back in the future. Keep up the wonderful work and thank you again for what you do.
4th grade teacher
I just saw you in my schools theater and saw you and your dog and was really impressed the you could talk about al of your troubles in infront of all of my school. I know that some people didn't get your message from your story but i did. I am 11 years old (going on 12) and attend Ravenscroft Private School in Raleigh, NC. Please Reply.posted by Eva on September 17, 2008 3:32 PM
As a teacher in a Middle School, I am well aware of the bullying that goes on. Your speech today was truly inspiring to, not just the students, but also to teachers. There is so much more that we can all do to stop this bullying "disease"! Thank you for your vocation to speak out against bullying!posted by Asa Burnham on September 17, 2008 3:11 PM
for coming to our School Last Friday.
You had a grate message.
And geve a grate speach and i hope all of the kids at Lake Fenton
Learn from it. It is not nice to bully aneyone Everyone needs to get a long with Everyone.
Kevin A. Knuth
you are so inspiring.
thank you for coming to Lake Fenton.
Hi Gabe this is one of the girls that talked to you when you came to Lake Fenton High School. I just wanted to say hi and say that you are awsome in the fact that you came to our school and gave a speach on bullying and i aprishiate what you did and im sure others did to.
I hope i can be your friend and that you enjoy your life and have fun.posted by Amber on September 13, 2008 7:43 PM
I was in the audience today at Lake Fenton and I had to write to you. I was working at Lake Fenton when you were there. I am still at the high school. (I am the computer lady.) I knew who you were even though I didn't know you very well. I never in a million years thought you were going through the taunting you were enduring. I guess kids that bully know when adults are not around, because if I had ever seen that kind of thing happen I could not keep quiet. I have a 11 year old grandaughter who has Juvenile Rheumotid Arthrits. (Forgive the spelling, I am used to spell check!!) We are so fortunate that she has a mild case even if it is not in remission. Her disease is not noticable, but I know she is in pain some of the time and hides that from her classmates. I would like to think that her classmates would not be so curel if she had a noticable problem with her disease. But who is to say. Like you said "It's not the school, it's the same in all schools." I guess I just want to commend you on what you and Izzy are doing. You are the example of what the human spirit is all about. You took a situation of adversity and turned it into a positive one. God surely works in mysterious ways. You and Izzy are proof of that. I can see how Izzy is part of your heart. I have a 10 pound dog who is a Maltese and his name is Bear. I don't know how I lived without him. He is so much a part of me and my husbands life. I wanted to see you today and give you a big hug, but I missed the chance. Just as well becuase I had a hard time with the water in my eyes. You were amazing in your message to the students. I have never seen them so quiet during a assembly!! Well, enough of my running on.... I hope to see you again and even email you once in a while to see how you are getting along. All the best and more to you and Izzy. You are an inspiration!!!!
Love you two,
My name is Paige and I go to Lake Fenton High School. Thank you so much for coming to our school today. It made me think a lot about bullying.. I am that type of person that is friends with everyone in every clique.My friends would have to be the sweetest girls in the school. Our "clique" that we have is the group that never smokes, drinks, does dugs, or anything bad. So when we see people sitting by themselves or are new to the school we would always ask each other if we wanted to go meet the person and welcome them. Many people wouldnt do that just because they think its lame or stupid. But we dont care what other people think, and we go ahead and do it.
We all agreed that you were a very pretty and sweethearted girl. We wish we could have spoken to you to get more information about your life story, but we didnt have time too, so Im writing to you so we can get more information. I have a couple questions for you.
Would you ever go back and tell your mother sooner about how you were getting bullied?
I used to dance as well for 7 years at Fenton School Of Dance, and Ms. Bridgets School Of Dance. What studio did you dance at?
Thank you so much,
posted by Paige on
September 12, 2008 8:37 PM
Hi, you came to my school today, Lake Fenton. Your story really inspired me and I really appreciated you coming in today. After seeing the animal planet episode it was really cool to meet you and hear you talk in person! Izzy was really cute too : )posted by Anna on September 12, 2008 8:12 PM
Gabrielle, My child attends Lake Fenton H.S. We moved to the area when she was in elementary school. "We", as many others, have went through the bulling epidemic that runs ramped in schools. I say, "We," because as mother's, "we" see (and feel) the effects and changes that our children experience from such a pathetic waste of time and energy. The "hard shells" or "cocoons" that children have to create to protect themselves can leave scars for some, that never heal. I thank you for sharing your experience, especially in the school were it began, because this school is "full of it!" Bullying does not "start" or "stop" with children that are considered "outcasts". It amazes me how "anyone" is a "target." Actually, it saddens me that such a beautiful area, has so many "sad" people, that they have to make others feel bad to make themselves feel better. UR Real, Gabrielle, and a beautiful person. God Bless!posted by D on September 12, 2008 7:58 PM
Hi Gabe im Sara...i got the chance today to say hello to you at lunch...after leaving school i went home to tell my mom about the assembly today and your story...she though it was so great. She told me she hasn't seen this happy in a while and i told her i said mom i realized something today. I realized even though i am still having trouble with mean girls from my old school i remember Gabe saying something today about Liveing your life happy and don't let mean other people let you down...and so i just wanted to tell you that you have made a difference in my life and i want to wake up tomorrow thinking about your story and Be HAPPY and not worry about girls saying their mean and hurtfully things to me...so thank you again and i hope to here from you soon...
hey gabe! your speech today at lake fenton high school was so inspiring to me! you are amazinng and have the cutest dog i have ever seen! i am really glad we got to hear your story! thanks so much for coming to my school. i think it was cool you got to come back to the schools that you graduated from!
love, ashley k
freshman at lake fenton high school
Your presentation was very moving today. I don't know if I told you that or not when we talked at lunch.
I talked to Lorraine today, and she was very happy to hear you're doing well. Said she hopes you'll be at the reunion, so she can see you. ^^
I found out my brother, Doug, went to prom at Lake Fenton with Lorraine, so you may have seen him there, as well.
If you'd like to call Lorraine, shoot me an Email, and I'll give you her number. :)posted by Andrew on September 12, 2008 4:33 PM
hey hit me up on myspace love ya a friendposted by marcie on September 12, 2008 1:46 PM
Hey thank you for having lunch with you today.
Peace Out Breeposted by Bree on September 12, 2008 1:45 PM
Hi Gabe! Wow it's been sometime since I last checked your site and a lot of things has changed since then. I hope you're doing well as well as Izzy. You just popped out of my mind and I found myself eagerly checking your site. Say hi to Izzy and your mom. Take care. God Bless!posted by Louis Marie Atanacio on August 18, 2008 1:02 PM
I was diagnosed with Ataxia when I was 12 and went through alot of bullying and being Isolated. Like you I wanted to hide my disability and would not even acept a parking badge, let alone a wheelchair.
Now I am a teacher and am shortly going off to teach in Africa.
I have found that writing and speaking about your experiences can be very therapeutic and healing for yourself, as well as helping so many others.
well done and good luck for the future
i have this friend and she's always on my last nerve what do i do?posted by Lauren on July 26, 2008 6:52 PM
Hi, gabe you came to my school Homer Brink, and I just wanted to tell you how much you inspiered me. That day you came, me and my friend kayla marshael were in a big fight so after you finished and we went upstairs I gave her a big hug and we both started crying.But anyway me and kayla get in so many fights that I dont want to be in her fifth grade class, but I hate to say that because we are the beastes friends in the hole world. I really need help can you please e-mail me a sulution!! ps(say hi to issy for me!!)posted by katrina on July 21, 2008 10:25 AM
Gabe & Izzy,
You have reinforced my belief in the "power of one" through your courage to spread an epedemic message. It is my hope, your honesty will spread and a zero tolerance will trump "fears" that prevent able decision makers to step up to the plate. You certainly did.posted by Pamela Barc on July 19, 2008 11:30 AM
My sister read an article about you in Cosmo, she told me about it. I also have Friedreich's ataxia and it is inspiring to read about other people like me. While I didn't get bullied as much physically in high school, probably because I am over six feet and while I would be less then useless in a fight I am a big guy. I did get picked on a lot. It is just nice to here about other people out there like me.
Wesposted by Wes Gates on July 4, 2008 10:37 PM
Thank you so much for comming to my school (maine-endwell middle)
and telling everyone how harsh it is to be bullied. what I think is important is that everyone was paying attention and you were not the kind of person who has a pitty-me i have a disease and have been bullied attitude. You are so inspiring! I know how it feels to be bullied and it isnt fun. thank you again!
Kaitlin c.posted by Kaitlin C. on June 28, 2008 8:08 PM
Just seen a posting on utube love Izzy. I've had Ataxia for 36years love your website its so inspiring.
Sarah UKposted by Sarah Lacey on June 26, 2008 10:12 AM
hi im joey. you came to my school a couple of weeks ago. my school name was homer brink. you told us about how you got bullied around in your school im sorry that happened thats happened to me before to because i broke my leg people used to trip me...posted by joeyrules79 on June 25, 2008 5:48 PM
when you came to Endwell NY I was it was very cool for you to come THANK YOU GABE AND IZZY!!!!!!!!!!!posted by zach on June 25, 2008 8:14 AM
Gabe I just wanted to let you know that after you came to our school MEMS , I have seen a very good change in many of our students that is amazing ! You are so blessed to be able to bring your message the way you so , stay well and give Izzy a big kiss for me!posted by paula kinne on June 24, 2008 10:58 AM
you are right about every thing bulling is rong and i get bulled sometimes and i dont lke it i told them to go to your web site and they said that they were sorry and i thank you 4 you making the school vesits . if you did not do the school veirts i would still getting bulledposted by derrick on June 23, 2008 10:32 AM
Thank you, for every thing you taught the classes at Homer Brink!!
Morgan, Mary Kate and Freckles (our dog)and grades 3-5 at homer brink!!
Hi gabe this riley you viseted my school Mcgrath elementary. I just wanted to stop by and tell you hi and i also wanted to ask you a quick quiestion. Did you like being teased by other kids in your school?posted by Riley on June 19, 2008 1:33 PM
you came to my school hommer brink last week and i just wanted to say that you and your dog rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!posted by michael on June 18, 2008 6:01 PM
Dear Gabe and izzy,
Thank you for coming to our school our school (Homer Brink). I think that your program is very inspering for a bullying problem.
Hi Gabe and Izzy, Thank you for coming to our school.I love you Gabe and Izzy too. I loved your presentation. I wish there were no such thing as a bully. Have a wonderful summer!!!!posted by Drew on June 17, 2008 9:23 AM
Hi Gabe and Izzy, Thank you for coming to our school.I love you Gabe and Izzy too. I loved your presentation. I wish there were no such thing as a bully. Have a wonderful summer!!!!posted by Drew on June 17, 2008 9:21 AM
Gabe and izzy thank you for coming to our school!I like your dog izzy she is very good for a petting dog? Where are u going next?Can you anwser these please.Have fun
Hi Gabe thank you for coming to our school. I liked Izzy she is a nice dog for just sitting there and letting people pet her. Where are you going next? I think that everybody will stop being mean once they here what you have to say. Have you bin to a lot of places? I hope to here from you soon from emily laubert.posted by emily on June 17, 2008 9:19 AM
Gabe I had lots of fun when I had lunch with you and izzy . I want to talk with Madiline and you on her email. How is izzy wizzy ? Do you like that name ? You can anwser these ? on your sisters email . Tell your sister i said hi please. I hope you would come back. Izzy you rock.
Talk to you letter
Thank you for teaching me how it feels to be bullied and how it can effect your life. If I was ever bullied like that I would definatly tell someone.posted by Annie on June 17, 2008 9:16 AM
Gabe you are such an inspiration you are so awesome. I would like to see you speak again. and peace to Izzy too. you touched everybody at our school. you also touched some of the hardest kids to touch in my my classes. i really hope you email me back because i never want to forget you. and i have so much more to ask. byeposted by unanamous on June 16, 2008 9:04 PM
gabe you are such an inspiration you are so awesome. I would like to see you speak again. and peace to izzy too.posted by unanamous on June 16, 2008 9:00 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy I saw you guys at my school(Maine Endwell Midde School), you changed me entirely I use to lie, and sometimes act like a bully when I didn't know I was hurting other People around me. but people bully on me to so I might of been standing up for myself but I understand what you said today that 2 wrongs don't make a right. I was going to ask you today, When you were getting bullied did you ever tell anyone that bullied you to stop, or tell them about your disorder?
Also I really hope you live your life you want to and hope that nothing will get in your way. Also I would like to tell you and Izzy that I appreciated you coming to my school , and good luck in all your dreams.
P.S. I always wanted to be a doctor, today you brought me to a new step of my life and I wish I could bring you the next new step to yours.
Your Maine Endwell MS friend,
Hello again.. I heard you went to M.M. and H.B. that is so cool! Once again, thanks for coming to M.E.M.S. I really, really enjoyed it! Hope all is well.
P.S. Give Izzy my love.
Hello Gabe, Izzy and the whole Ford family!
Thank you so very much for visiting us in Maine Endwell. You are an amazing family with a very special message. I am so pleased that we met and am touched by the impact that you had on our students. We all wish that you lived in our town, we would embrace you as the wonderful person you are. Sincerely, Marisa Maneyposted by Marisa on June 16, 2008 9:12 AM
i really think you are an insperationposted by jori on June 15, 2008 9:44 PM
you are awsomeposted by cameran on June 15, 2008 12:26 PM
Hi Gabe thank you for comming to homer brink elementary school to talk to us about how bad it is to bully kids and i was really touched by your story of your life growing up, and i promised i will never ever hurt anyones feelings because it is just really bad!posted by Cassandra on June 14, 2008 2:21 PM
♥heyy gabe heyy izzy heyy gabe's mom n sis hows everything? i wanted u to no that i respect u all 100%. gabe wents i herd that u were comein to my skool i new i wanted to meet u cuz ur my IDOL n so is izzy i hope u guys r doin well n i will miss u guys alot♥posted by brianna on June 14, 2008 11:25 AM
Hi gabe and izzy I was at the school you just visited "hommer brink elementary school". i told you i would comment so her i am.i just wanted to tell you how insporational you and izzy are.you really inspired me.you tought me alot today.tell izzy i said hi.from,corey.posted by corey on June 13, 2008 10:03 PM
Gabe, Your presentation was so moving and eye opening for my son Adam. He was the first to give you a hug at Maine Endwell Middle School on 6/12/08. He was the one with a bright orange shirt. You are doing a great thing and you are a very special young lady. I hope that you will return to our school district again next year. Your mother is a very special lady too. We spoke briefly at Homer Brink Elementary Schoolposted by diane kozecke on June 13, 2008 9:35 PM
thank you gabe and izzy for coming to homer brink elemetary you helped us so much I just told my mom about you email me atposted by joey on June 13, 2008 9:20 PM
dear gabe i loved your speach you gave to us today. i hope you live a great life. i love your dog to he or she was soooooo cute. have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!posted by Siena on June 13, 2008 8:47 PM
Hi. You came to my school today. I just wanted to let you know that my greatgrandma had the same problem you do. She died when i was just 3. And i also got bullied in 1 to 3 grade and it was so embarresing because i had really bad balance and i fell alot. I hope u and izzy have fun doing what u do because u send a good mesage to kids everywhere.posted by Jonathan on June 13, 2008 7:18 PM
dear Gabe & Izzy,
Thnx 4 Coming 2 my school today! I get buillied evey day.Most people make fun of me because im the shortest and youngest in my class. once, this one boy that doesn't like me, took a handfull of catapillers when i was ouot side , and he poured them all in my hair! UHH!i wanted to KILL HIM!
Thnx 4 coming 2 homer brink today!
thank you for tiling us a but bulling. it was nise of you for coming to new york gabe and izzy. hope you had a nise time in new york gabe and izzy.
ithink that you are a really good person to show who you are.posted by Amanda on June 13, 2008 5:05 PM
hello Gabe! how are you? well you were at Homer Brink today, and i was the girl who had a jersey on. Well i just was bored so i just wanted to send you a comment. well send me back please!posted by gulnara b on June 13, 2008 5:03 PM
gabe i think u have made a diffrence to my school thanks a bunch !!
after we left the assembly a lot of the class bullys apologized to me and my friends we apreciate you for making a diffrence in the world . yours truly , Taina .
Dear gabe, I was at Homer Brink today 6/13/08. I hope you remember me, I am BEN. please write back.posted by Ben on June 13, 2008 4:27 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy,
This is Brittany you came to my school Homer Brink Elementary today you came and you showed you morning show video and the pictures (really cute pictures they were) and I will leave a bunch of compliments as I always would and I wish I could talk to you all day I would love to hang out with you for a day too! I honestly think you're a awsome person unlike any other and you deserve a happy, awesome life and you have one right now you and Izzy are the bestest of friends I have ever seen and I'm only 10 years old and I care about you and your family sooooooo much even though I just saw you all today. I'm a girl 10 years old and keep going as great as you are check in with you next week or even tommarow! Signed Brittany
I'm lauren as you already know. You came to my school on Friday June 13, and i didn't get to ask a question. When youy had to go out in public for izzy (P.S she's so cute). Was it a really hard struggle to get used to people like being nasty to you because you were in a wheelchair or not.
I thin you are really pretty and that you are brave. I also thin that Izzy is real cute too.posted by Megan on June 13, 2008 3:59 PM
u are very inspiring come back to maine endwell next year =pposted by noah on June 13, 2008 3:55 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy I would like to tell you about this boy who bullys me in school, well you see he makes makes fun of me but he hurts me phsially and emotionaly what should I do? please write back thanksposted by Madison on June 13, 2008 3:33 PM
I would just like to say that I think you are amazing about dealing with this stuff and i think you didn't deserve what they did to you in school. I am a student at Maine Endwell Middle School and recently saw you there. I wish you the best of luck during your older years!!posted by Malorie on June 13, 2008 3:18 PM
I saw your segment on TV several months ago and found your story so touching and inspiring! I was amazed when I saw you at my school, Maine Memorial, yesterday. You have SO MUCH to be proud of! Your story MUST have made an impact on the children. I had to bite my cheeks to keep myself from crying in the beginning, but you stayed positive and you are an amazing girl! Thank you for the life lessons you are providing to the children of our country!
Hi Gabe and Izzy WOW im so happy that we got a oppertunity for you to come to our school. It was a great experience. You are so blessed to have Izzy in your life.I was wondering if we can be pen-pals! Can't wait till you write back to me!!!!!!!!!!:)posted by Jessica on June 13, 2008 2:47 PM
I teach Kindergarten at Maine Memorial and my son Connor is also in Kindergarten here as well. I was very touched by your story and was extremely happy that you could come to share it with our children here in Maine, NY. Every child is affected by bullying in one way or another... observes it, participates in it or is the unfortunate recipient of it. I will always remember the words you shared. Thanks again for coming to our school!posted by Shannon Gteen on June 13, 2008 1:59 PM
To Izzy: You are a living miracle and the cutest dog goodluck!posted by Madison on June 13, 2008 1:37 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy I beleave that you are a true insparation and I can't beleave that anyone would pick on such a kind girl. You and Izzy have such a great conection and I think that is great for a girl to have that kind of bond with someone or something. I happen to have two dogs and I also have a special bond with them that no one can understand. Goodluck to the two of you.posted by Madison on June 13, 2008 1:33 PM
Hi Gabe my name is sherry Im a teachers aide at MM and I want to thank u for telling us your story, When I was in school many years ago I was made fun of and called names So I know what u went though. I have a 15 year old son I tell him all the time not to make fun of other kids. thank u again keep in touch. Our class is a 12.1.1 and they realy like izzy. so give her a hug for them thanks sherryposted by Mrs sherry schroedel on June 13, 2008 12:40 PM
gabe Im a teachers aide at Maine Memorel school. I just want to let u know I think your a very brave young lady. I talk to my son all the time about bullying. He is 15 and soon to be 16. I dont like the way kids are these days. When I was in school over 27 years ago I was the one that was bullyed and called names So I know what u went though. I think every child should be treated the same way rich or poor. I would love to here back from you and see how your doing. Your a very pritty young lady. thank u for coming to our school and sharing your story. Pleace give izzy a hug from our class. Our class is the special ed class. thank u sherryposted by Mrs sherry schroedel on June 13, 2008 12:34 PM
You came to my school and talked to our school about bullying. Izzy is awsome and so are you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!posted by Grace on June 13, 2008 11:56 AM
Thank you so much for coming to Maine Memorial yesterday to speak.
When you were talking I watched our students listening to you and I know that you connected with them. Because I was bullied myself when I was young I know just how destructive it can be. It has taken me years to gain back some of the confidence in myself that bullying took away. The mission you are on is an important one and I have tremendous respect for you. You are a very courageous young lady.
My best wishes to you and Izzy,
Gabe and Izzy, Thank you so much for coming to our school and sharing your story with us all. I am an aide in a kindergarten classroom and I appreciate so much what you and your family are doing to go around and encourage others and teach everyone the harm bullying can do. I know so many people who have such deep scars from what they went through as chidren and what your doing to help others is so unselfish and such an inspiration. You are truly a beautiful young woman inside and out, and the support your family gives you is wonderful. I will think of you often as I remember the time you spent at our school, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks again, You are truly an inspiration, sometimes we don't know why the Lord allows certain things in our lives, but know you are touching many lives in such a positive way. Sincerely, Laurie Kendrickposted by Laurie Kendrick on June 13, 2008 10:35 AM
Gabe, You are a beautiful young lady that has touched my heart.
You are an insiration!
Hi Gabe and Izzy!
My name is Lorie Major and I am the Guidance Secretary that works in Guidance Office with Marisa Maney the person who arranged for you to come see us!
I just wanted to thank you so much for coming to Maine-Endwell Middle School! It was such a privledge to meet you and your family and have you visit with us here in the Guidance office.
Your presentation touched everyone here at the Middle School and we will all treasure your visit for years to come. The students talked about your visit all day and I'm sure you have touched their lives in manyh ways.
You have a wonderful family and it is such a great thing for you to spread the message about bullying!
Thank you and our family again for all of your hard work that you put into sending this message around the country. We hope you will all come back and visit us again and we wish you all the very best.
Thank you and Best Wishes to you all!
Maine-Endwell Middle School
Hi, you came to my school today. The school was Maine Endwell Middle School. I just wanted to let you know how amazing I think you both are. I cried when you were speaking, I felt so bad that someone was treated in such a horrible way. You are both so inspirational to me & you've affected my life in such a huge way. I'll always remember you both as incredible. I'm such an animal lover myself & I was so amazed by how strong you both were. You're both struggling with illnesses & you still wanted to get your word out & that's truly commendable. You hugged everyone, you're such a sweetheart! :) Well, I guess that's all. I just wanted you to know that you're both such heroes to me. ♥posted by Toniann on June 13, 2008 1:03 AM
Gabe- we met today at the Maine-Endwell Middle School presentation in Endwell, New York. I spoke to you about my brother who is paralyzed and lives in a hospital as he is also on a ventilator. I plan to show him articles about you and hope that he will be inspired to venture out into the world as you have- he will not leave his hospital room, even to go into the hall, as he is embarassed of his inablity to walk.Thank you so much for you beautiful message and spirit. I feel that I have become a better person just by speaking with you and witnessing your fortitude! God bless you and you family!
Hi gabe and izzy,i think your are a real inspiration.You did and exelent job speaking at my school today.I just moved to the school this year and had a hard time ajusting because i was bullied.posted by Tayor on June 12, 2008 6:51 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
Thank you for coming to our school, Maine Endwell Middle, and sharing your story with us. I honestly appreciated it and it really ment something to me. In your speech you said to apologize to someone you picked on today because their might not be a tomorow... well guess what? I did. I went up to the girl and had a huge conversation on how sorry I am. She forgave me and now we say hi to each other in the hallway. You honestly touch my heart and made me rethink about my actions. Tonight when I say my prayer I am going to include you and Izzy and ask God to help everyone out in the world find a way to live and love life just like you. Thank you for everything.
P.S. Everyone in school today was really nice to everyone especially in lunch today... I think it is because you touched all of us. Please feel free to e-mail me if you want when you have time because I don't want to forget about you and I have some questions I want to ask you. ♥ Thank you.posted by chelsea on June 12, 2008 6:51 PM
I'm really happy you came to our school today. I'm sorry you got picked on. I am verrryyy sorry. I think you are very pretty!
thank you for comingto the maine endwell school.I love your prestason.You and your dog izzy are very nise. i hope you and izzy cane com bake to new york some time.i hope you had a good time in new york gabe an izzy.friday you whint to the school my mom works at. she works at homere breink.i hope you haid a good timein new york. have a good tripe home gabe and izzy and famly and frends.
posted by sayword on
June 12, 2008 5:05 PM
Hi Gabe! You came and spoke at my school, Maine-Endwell Middle School today. I really enjoyed listening to what you had to say. I think you are a great person for doing what you do. You're an inspiration to me and my friends. Send my love to Izzy.posted by Brooke on June 12, 2008 4:44 PM
Hey Gabe and Izzy. You and Izzy came to my school today. In new york.
(Endwell). You really inspired me. You helped me to learn not to listen to what bullys say because in the end it does hurt. I've been bullied a lot. And its very hurtful and painfull. Ive also learned not to bully anyone. And I never will because I think its wrong. Dont ever stop insipring people. You will change a lot of peoples lifes. I hope that you will get a chance to go to Maine Endwell High School next year. I'll be their next year. And I would love to be able to get another chance to talk to you again and get more inspired. You've changed my life<3. I'm glad you and Izzy have eachother.You're really an amazing person. I hope you can get a chance to email me back plese. ( ) thanks.
posted by Jessica M. on
June 12, 2008 4:29 PM
♥heyy just want to know if ur feelin better n izzy is 2 after all u had such a big long day n like i said ur my IDOL n know one else can take u nizzy way even if god trys to u guys r fighters n i know u guys will surrive this i saw u guys today n when i heard u talk bout it u rly got to me but i will always keep in touch with ya guys everyday n i'll seee how u n izzy r doin so i hope one day that u try n keep in touch to n u must get alot of coments everyday n u may or may not get to mine but if u do i just want u to know i love u n izzy i hope to get a photo with u n izzy♥posted by brianna on June 12, 2008 3:58 PM
Gabe, thank you so much for coming to M.E.M.S. and bringing Izzy. I think that it is safe to say that you truly inspired many people at our school. Your story was touching to all of us, and I even cried the day they showed us the Animal Planet video. I know your speech was effective because all day long, all I heard was a bunch of "I'm sorry for hurting you that day" and "Its alright, thanks for apoligizing." So, that means that this speech was very helpful. So thanks again. Don't worry... I'll be keeping in touch!
hey gabe and izzy. i just wanted to say thank you soooo much for coming to maine endwell middle school. i think that it is really nice of you to take all of your time to go to all different schools. you and izzy are amazing. i think that you also helped alot of people at my school because ther are many people who get bullied at my school. i really thought that your speech and your video was really cool and helpful. well i will defenently be posting more comments on your website so thanks you!!!!!!posted by Emma p. on June 12, 2008 3:34 PM
Hi you came to Maine endwell middle school. I am an 8th grader there and wanted to lt you know that you really effected the lives of us there. I'm so glad you came to lil old Maine Endwell to share your story. I think its Great that you bring you dog. I also just recently got a dog, named Lucy after i love lucy. she had red hair, and is a labradoodle. Se also is a great companion that i got for christmas, and has her own story, she was abused. I know that dogs are so great and could have such an efffect. i think your effect was amazing and so effective! im so glad you came! -Megan!posted by Megan on June 12, 2008 3:31 PM
Hello Gabe and Izzy!
You were at my school, Maine-Endwell middle School, today and i just wanted to pop in and say what a wonderful job you did and to thank you for coming all the way here. I really think you got a message through to our school! I have been "bullied" many times and i think you changed everyone view on that sublect! Also you have been made fun of and i think you dealed well and i also think you are absolutley beautiful!
Thank you very much, and best wishes to you ,your family,friends and Izzy!
Hi Gabe the presentation you did at my school today, 6/11/08 was amazing it was so sad how people treated you and I am so glad you can be a roll model and show people to just forget what they said. "hopefully if you respect them they will respect you". thank you for your Time in my school. Maine Endwell Middle School was proud to welcome you. Thank you.posted by Joe P on June 12, 2008 3:02 PM
I LOVED YOUR ASSEMBLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i feel sory for you!!!!!the bruses sound pretty bad!!!love youposted by makenzie on June 12, 2008 1:23 PM
Hi! my name is miranda . you came to maine-endwell middle school thursday, june 11 2008. what you said helped me think of what people think and what its like to be picked on even if its not your fault your like that. i cant believe how mean people were to you. its very mean. i was wondering if you have seen people that have picked on you when you were in school? also what would they think of you now? i mean you are a role model! they have probly seen you on TV or have heard about you going to schools to talk about bowlying. they probley want to go back in time and fix what they said and did to you. you are a great person to be around. thank you for reading my letter and it whould be great if you could get back to me! thank you and byeee!!!!posted by Miranda on June 12, 2008 12:56 PM
I feel kind of bad for you because I have a disease but it's not as bad as dislexia, I have asthma, and i'm alergic to a pollen. My dad has Emphesyma and moved to Indiana in January, my big half sister Ashley has asthma, so I kind of know what it feels like to have a bad disease, and I know what it is like to be made fun of because me and my half sister, Ashley, make this strange hacking noise and not even doctors know why, but I am twelve years old and go Maine Endwell Middle School, i am a sixth grader suposed to be in 7th grade, I am from Mississippi, I hope that you and Lizz will be O.K.posted by Christopher on June 12, 2008 12:40 PM
hey gabe and izzy. i am from maine endwell middle school. i was the one who asked you if you reply to the messages that people leave. so i hope that you fight this disease and beat it and your dog. so hope you feel better. if u get a chance please write backposted by nate on June 12, 2008 12:34 PM
Gabe, it was a pleasure to have you come to Maine Enwdell middle school and tell us ur life on bulling. I know how you feel. i've been bullied before to. i wish u the best of luck and hope you and izzy get well and live the life you want to. don't let others pick on you or bully you. it was sad when i saw you and herd your stories about what happened to you and how you got bullied. i was tearing. i hope you can come back to our Maine Endwell School district and share to everyone else what had happened to you. i'm takin your advise on what you told me today. i'm goin to help others. well it's was nice talkin to you and seein you. i hope all as well and hope you will write me back to tell me more.. remember stay strong!
Love Corey Duffek 8th grader From Maine Endwell Middle School
It was nice for you to come to our school to teach us and explain your story to us about bulling. I know how you fell about how someone talks about you or hurt your feelings. I, myself have a disability. I have a physical disability, I only have one ear. when people see me with only one ear and talk about me behind my back, i feel sad and mad that they are talking behind my back about me. i wish you the best of luck throughout the rest of your life.
Love Taylor from Maine Endwell Middle School
ur my IDOL n Izzy is 2 n i really hope more then one person said that ur my IDOL. i hope u n izzy stop by soon. i wish u n izzy the best of luck n i hope one day when i get older i can see u n izzy again soon. wut u said today was outstanding that i wanted to cry but i didnt cause i wanted to be strong like u n izzy. i'll always love u n izzy n i hope one day me u n izzy can take a photo together. when u said that u where gettin bulled i didnt know wut to think. i hope no1 bullys u now n
n 4ever on.
u n izzy will always live on no matter wut happens u guys r awesome n i hope that u have happy days.
hi this is derrick from main endwell middle school and you are cooler than those kids that picked on you and i hope you have a great day :]posted by derrick on June 12, 2008 10:06 AM
thank you very much for coming to our school(maine-endwell) on june 12th it was a great speech i hope you can come back sometime and we would all really love that thanks again\
- zackposted by zack on June 12, 2008 9:47 AM
You gave a wonderful presentation. Thank you for coming to MEMS.posted by Rita on June 12, 2008 9:28 AM
Hello, I meet your family today on the flight from DTW to BUF. Your story is amazing as well as Izzy. Please keep up the great things you are doing and if there is anything you or your family needs please let me know. God bless you, Izzy and your family.posted by Michael Kocurek on June 11, 2008 11:06 PM
Hey, I already commented before, but I just wanted to say hi and I wanted to wish you a great summer. You and Izzy are perfect friends! I can't imagine a better friendship. Well, gotta go. See you later!posted by Olivia C. on June 10, 2008 7:05 PM
Hey Gabe and Izzy, I think you are both amazing, I was bullied in High School, I finally left school in 11th grade, after I was jumped by 10 girls and boys, all because I was different, I got my GED but I never forgot that these people took away a part of my life, I am now working with animals and have some good friends, there was a time where I felt my life was over, but there are some wonderful people out there and you cannot let bullies ruin your life. I am so happy you and Izzy are doing so well, you are a true role model, both you and Izzy.posted by Chris on June 7, 2008 7:24 AM
You are so awesome. I wish you could come to McGrath every day. I wish I could be my best friend. You are so inspiring.You are one of the nicest people ever.I hope you never stop inspiring people to stop being a bully. Please come to McGrath next year.You have inspired me to not be a bully to anyone.And to not let bullying bother me ever again.posted by Christopher on June 5, 2008 11:01 PM
hi gabe and izzy ur great at every thing you do I am from the school u just went to McGrath ele and u talks really make a diffrence
we love uposted by alona on June 5, 2008 6:27 PM
hi you are amazing u came to our school mcgrath elemantary on jun 4posted by anthony on June 5, 2008 5:51 PM
Im sorry that you were picked on. I really am. Wll, any way. I have a question, how do you get dressed in the moring? Im still very sorry!!! :[ . My full name is Jessicaposted by Jessica H. on June 5, 2008 7:05 AM
Hi Gabe!Here is my e-mail address: (please e-mail me back, we can be pen pals).I have so many things to tell you, first you changed my life. Thank you! I am nine years old and my name is Emma.My best friend Kayla (, she also wants to be pen pals with you) and I have a band, we're called the Rock Angels. Well I don't want to tell you all of my life because then I wouldn't be able to tell you anything when we e-mail each other. Thank you soooo much for changing my life (Izzy changed it too) and please e-mail me, I know I am just young and might be asking to much but maybe you could be my friend because I am not the popular type who has alot of friends.
Hi,I'm from McGrath and think you very brave.You fougt such a grate fight.posted by erica on June 4, 2008 5:01 PM
Hi I am one of the girls kayla from McGrath Elementary I was Wondering if you wanted to be pen pals you are awesome and so is izzy that was a good message you gave now i think it could change are school ALOT!!!!!!!! thank you
Hi gabe u came to my school on wensday june 3 MCGRATH ELEMENRY next year r u going to come the west middle school in grand blanc. GABE u and IZZY make a great team hope u have a god day. :]posted by megan on June 4, 2008 4:41 PM
It was wonderful seeing you again at McGrath today 6/4/08... it has been a long time. You've grown up to be a beautiful woman and I am most impressed at your speaking at schools. It was nice to see your mom and Rick. Keep up the good work... you've found your calling!
I know Jake (9 year old) will always remember your visit and Izzy.
Your story is very touching. I'm sure you are an inspiration for many! Izzy is delightful. I have a Black and Tan Coonhound too...there just are no better friends! Bless you both!
Hi Gabe and Izzy! On Friday May 30th, you visited my school. I would like to say I loved the assembly. My older brother has autism (Have you heard of it?) and he is in high school. He gets bullied all the time. Sometimes when me and my brother are in public, people look at him and laugh. I yell at them and tell other adults, including teachers. Am I doing this action correctly?posted by Olivia on May 31, 2008 10:43 AM
Hey i was just wondering,
you know how it says your last name is Ford,
and I know your sisters(Madeline) is Hilman.
Is Ford really your last name?
[ps. Could You say Hi to Madeiline for me?]
today you came to my school (AGS)and i really enjoyed having you. hearing what you said helped me understand that the littel things i do that may not seem like bullying can still hurt people's feelings. i thank you for inspiring me to ot care what people think of me. i think that its great how you accept yourself and teach other kids how to accept themselves. you have helped me to understand that people are sometimes different and that we should love them the same as our freinds. again, i want to thank you for coming to my school.
bye for now ,
Hi,my name is curstyn.how are you doing?you came to my school (swartz creek middle school)i hope you are doing well please send me a message backposted by Curstyn on May 29, 2008 7:22 PM
Rhonda-sorry, but I forget where to click to e-mail you. So---hope this doesn't cause any problems. Have been busy with radiation. Hope you are still doing fine. I enjoyed talking to you about our mutual journey.posted by Jane Rodarte on May 27, 2008 12:06 PM
You are so pretty.posted by Amber on May 21, 2008 5:19 PM
Hi I seen you at my school you went to swarts creek middle school
how is Izzy? Are you doing good to? you can type me back at
Gabe & Izzy, I just finished visiting Your Guest Book. You two sure have inspired a lot of People. Tell all of the Family, especially Your Mother, I said hello. I am so happy & proud that I can tell everyone that all of You are part of My Family!! With Love, Your Cousin, Mikeposted by Mike Owens on May 14, 2008 11:12 AM
Hi, Plese email me when you get this also Izzy is really cute and looks like my dog and i wanted to give you a hug but i am shy around new people
thank you very much!
Hi! My name is Lizzie and I am from Richmond schools, a recent school you visited. I just wanted to say thank you and that you are a inspiration! thanks again
~Lizzie U.posted by Lizzie U. on May 7, 2008 7:43 PM
Hi Gabe thankyou for coming to are school Richmond MI.Well thanks
Hi Gabe its Catie from Richmond Middle School.How is it going?How is Izzy?
How are you doing I would just like to tell you that im gonna send you a comment like every day.I just wanted to tell you . Im gonna send you so many letters that youll probablly will get sick of me.Haha!!So anyways whats going on???
hey u came to my school oak valley acouple months ago and i was wondering were can i see your video on your siteposted by hayley on May 4, 2008 3:28 PM
Heyy! You came to my school earlier in the week, and I decided to come see your site... at like 2 in the morning. Your presentation was really inspiring. I would have cried but my makeup would have smudged haha :]. You're a really strong person. It takes alot of courage to do what you're doing.
Oh, and you're SO pretty, I just had to tell you! :] Thanks so much for coming, I hope all goes well for you.
hey izzy and Gabe,
i loved your presintation at hot springs middle school, i also love your web site it is so cool how you turned a terrible disease into a wonderful blessing. love haylee
Thank You for coming to my school! It was a blast having you in Richmond, Michigan on Thursday! I wanted to thank you, because my cousin was a bully and then I told him it was a wrong thing to do!posted by Raeshelle on May 3, 2008 10:54 AM
thank you for comming to our school, you've taught me a valuable lesson and you've inspired me to be a better person. i think you've made a diffrence in the world and taugh the kids how to help rather than hurt each other. i think it was unfair to you how people treated you just because they didint know what was going on in your life. ihope people dont treat you the same way and i wish you and izzy luck. your one in a million.
i'll always remember you
Dear Gabe and Izzy I just loved your presentation. I thought you were amazing. Izzy was just wonderful how she just laid there and was just totally relaxed. It's awesome how you and Izzy can take the same medication. Thank You for coming to Richmond High School. Izzy is just so sweet your very lucky to own her. I think it's amazing how you have the courage to talk about what has happened to you. It's awesome how many kids you have prevented from being bullied. Nice talking to you. love jackie harmsposted by jackie on May 2, 2008 6:54 PM
Oh by the way i would really like if you emailed me back
Hi Gabe hows it going i hope that the people who bullied you apologize.it was wrong for them to tease ,make fun of you, hit you and whatever else they did.I am very sorry for you . I wont mention names but ive been called names all though people said it straight to my face and was meaning it as a funny way.But like you said when people call you names and mean it as a joke it is still kindof hurtfull, even if they dont realize it could be hurtful, and sometimes people call you names and hit you and they do it on purpose.Anyways thankyou for coming to are school and teaching us about bullying.You have tought me how that such little things can be so hurtful and sometimes its ok but sometimes it just goes to far.Well thankyou. And a couple more things I saw a picture of you and your dogs.Are thoes your dogs?But I might be getting a toy poddle this summer.Any advice?Your dogs are really cute by the way.
Thanyou for all thta you have done.
Now that i really think about it I feel luckier than ever. I mean at least I have a great life like you and thats all that counts. It doesn't count if you have 20 friends or none all that matters is that you love your life your friends and family and thats what counts.
I learned alot from you.
Ericaposted by Erica on May 2, 2008 6:03 PM
i just meet you at richmond high school and i thought that you did a great job and you are my idol
thanks for coming to richmond michigan and teaching why not to boly and i thought twise and i dident tez eney body today and said sorry thanks for changing my life and not to tease eny one becose there nicer wgen u dont tez them thanksposted by nick on May 2, 2008 4:39 PM
spank you for coming to our school!!! if you emailed me back i would totally love that!!!! thanks a million!!!!
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
Thank you for teaching me a very valuable and important lesson. I very much apreciate you coming to our school and telling us how that bullying is wrong. Thankyou also Gabes mom and Izzy.
Always Remember you,
you are nice for coming to my school
Dear, Izzy you are really sweet but i wish you would have standed up,lol.well you were realy cool and big
thank you for coming.
Dear Gabe and Izzy,you are so cool ,Gabe you are sosososo sweet.posted by jacqueline on May 2, 2008 9:35 AM
dear,Gabe and Izzy thanks for coming to our school to tell us how to deal with bullying. i hope you will come again. i hope at your 10 year school reunion that every one is nice to you and says sorry for what they did to you.
your friend, Jacob
PS. say hi to Izzy for me.
Thank you for coming to our school you were a real inspiration. you should never give up. I hope you will teach more bullies a lesson to stop bullyingposted by Nick on May 2, 2008 9:33 AM
hi gabe and izzy you inspired alot of us to think about bulling. i have one question if you ever had to talk to the kids that bully you what would you say to them.
bye hailey from richmond middle school
I fell sorry for you and izzy since you came.
I want to be you and izzy's friend .
i loved your speach.I think it rocked. Some kids dont know how much damadge they are doing when they bulley like that.And i think izzy is a really cool dog.
ps you really proved a point at Richmond.
dear Gabe and Izzy,
i really injured you coming to Richmond. i love your speech. i would love to meet you again. also thank you for talking about how bullies can be hurtful they could be.
Dear Gabe and izzy. Thank you for coming to our school. I learned alot about how bullying can affect people. My school was richmond high school. Well I am in the middle school but you came to the high school to speak! i think you are very brave to go up there and talk about bad things that have happened to you. everyone was asking questions about Izzy but i have a million questions for you! your friend, Hannah!!!!!!posted by Hannah on May 2, 2008 9:28 AM
thank you for coming to Richmond middle school. i am the girl that huged you. i love your dog. you inspired everyone to stop bullying. You helped my school in so many ways. nice talking to you
BY FROM JILL RICHMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL!posted by jill on May 2, 2008 9:28 AM
dear,Gabe, I want to thank you for all you have done.Gabe it is really nice of you to come to my school.You are really amazing. Well thank you
You are a great person
Dear Gabe and Izzy I just loved your presentation. I thought you were amazing. Izzy was just wonderful how she just laid there and was just totally relaxed. It's awesome how you and Izzy can take the same medication. Thank You for coming to Richmond High School. Izzy is just so sweet your very lucky to own her. I think it's amazing how you have the courage to talk about what has happened to you. It's awesome how many kids you have prevented from being bullied. Nice talking to you. Love, Madisonposted by Madison on May 2, 2008 9:27 AM
I loved your show yesturday it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!when i walked up to you to give you a hug i could barely tell that you had anything wrong with you if some body never knew you and never heard of you they would not even be able to tell that you had a diesese i love your show and hope you guys find a cure!! send me messages back pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaase<3posted by Taylor on May 2, 2008 9:26 AM
That was an awesome show about bullying but I'm sorry what happened to you when you where young.posted by Daniel on May 2, 2008 9:25 AM
thanks for comeing to our school you guys rock. keep going and maybe you should get a second dog to make you twice as happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (^=}posted by Hello2 on May 2, 2008 9:25 AM
Your show was very sad.posted by michael on May 2, 2008 9:24 AM
hey Gabe and izzy thanks for comming to our school.!posted by Hello on May 2, 2008 9:21 AM
your story really touched me at the richmond high school today on the 5-1-08 .i feel your pain my aunt has the same disease as you . but i am still there for her always . if i new you back then i would have stood up for you and said leave her alone and stop that i hope you like the messsage. well it was nice seeing you today at the high school. have a great year. say hi to izzy .p.s. hi izzy oxoxoxoxposted by ryan on May 1, 2008 10:32 PM
I feel bad for you because I think bullying is rong to.
Alex P,Hot springs SD
You told my school about bulling and I just wanted to say you changed my life completly. today if May 1, 2008 and you came to Richmond Middle School. I am a 12 year old boy and have 3 kids that allways push me around. After your speach all 3 came up to me and sayed we are sorry we pushed you around and called you names. i was thinking to my self should i relly belive this is relly happoning. So you have inspired me to live by a modo i hope you like it ( live eatch day like it is your last). i have become a nicer more drivin indivugal. i loved your speach and if i could i would like to hear it over and over again. i wish i could help you talk about bulling so that more people no that bulling is bad.
i also wanted to say you dont look your age you dont look a day over 18. also i wanted to say thank you for the hug and i think you are relly nice and pritty. also tell izzy that i sayed hi. i will mever forget what you sayed and you will allways be a big part of my life. i will allways rember you and i will allways rember your speach. i hope you have a good life becouse i do and i hope izzy is around for many years. during the hold presintation i cryed. that maed people pick on me even more. my name is jackson wonsowicz of richmond middle school in 7th grade i would love to meet you in person again. so next time your in richmond i would love if you called me to the offis so i can talk with youabout how in one day of you talking how much my life has changed. you are my new hero. i hope you can come to are school again. we all loved you and would like to see you again o and im going to get one of your no bulling t shirts. love jackson of richmond middle school 7th grade
dear gabe and izzy, thank you so much for coming to our school. you did an awesome job when you were up on stage. i could never do that. now i realized that bullying can be very hurtful, so thats why i want it to stop!please email me back if you can i really want to hear from you soon.i look up to you. love megan! thanks for reading thisposted by megan on May 1, 2008 8:43 PM
i just wanted to say that i really listened to what you said and i have somethig to say about it. there is this boy in my class that everyone hates and i'm like his only friend. i'm goin to be help him make more friends and people to like him as a friend.posted by rosie on May 1, 2008 8:38 PM
Hi Gabe and Izzy! Isaw u today May 1st. I thought ur stiry was so inspiring. I thank u so much 4 coming to our school and talking to us! I hope u had fun and I hope maybe sometime in the future u can come back!! Well i left u my email so give me a message when u get this and so we can communicate. like frendsposted by Lindsey on May 1, 2008 8:36 PM
i love your message today at Richmond High School. it was grate. i want to feel bad for you and Izzy but you dont like people to feel bad for you and i hope Izzy has a long life. My old dog we had to put her down because she was to old and she was suffering like she was blind in one eye and she had atheridus. and now i am trying to canvince my mom and dad to get me another dog but they wont.
with love, yours truly
hey Gabe and Izzy,5/1/08
Today you were at Richmond,MI and you inspired me to help fight against bullying.I love how you are a strong independent women, and how you love animals just like me!!!!!!!!!!!! When I grow up I want to help abused animals so they have a safe place to live. Give Izzy a kiss for me well got to go bye!
I am so sorry for you. You dog Izzy is so cute though! I would like to be your friend. we can chat online. e mail me sometime!
P.S. Im from Richmond Middle School!posted by Khelsea on May 1, 2008 7:26 PM
Dear Gabe & Izzy,
Thank you for comeing to the Richmond High School to talk to us. I think you were brave to go into other schools after what had happened to you in your school, I know how it feels I get teased to. my name is Tabitha(my address is ). If you could can you please send me a letter in the mail singed by you and izzy's paw print(with izzy's name under it please)i would realy be thankful for that.
hey Gabe and Izzy Im from Richmond schools i wanted to say i learnd so much from whicht u were telling us . It really help me understand how people feel when u r bully . I love that u come and talk to us and show me that u can over come anything .. thanks so much Gabe and izzyposted by Kelly on May 1, 2008 7:13 PM
You and izzy really inspire me. I just want to thank you for coming to speak to the Richmond,MI middle schoolers, on May 1 2008. I was one of the fith graders. I dont know if you remember but I was the boy with really long hair and shook your hand.
your friend AJ
Hi im makenzie from your presentation at Richmond High School.... Thank you soo much for coming to our school and sharing your past experience!! It was a great presentation!!! Thank you once again!!!posted by Makenzie on May 1, 2008 6:55 PM
Thanks for the presentation Gabe. Your dog is really cute and I hope he can live for as long as he can. I hope you feel better
hey gabe and izzy,
i just wanted to say thanks for everything!!! i used to bully this one girl and i guess i never really felt how she felt about it but after today, i came up to her and told her i was sorry about how i treated her.. thank you for coming to richmond high school today!!
Dear Gabe and Izzy, Your story is truely inspring. When you came to Richmond Middle School on 5-1-08 you had everyone that day saying that they were sorry for whatever that they had done. I feel your pain, i'm in 8th grade and when the teacher walk out of the room somone started to stab me with a pen, around 7-8 times. That day i took pictures on my phone of the stabs. then my brother was snooping through my phone and found them, he told my mom and dad, i lied to my parents and told them i took care of my problem. so they wouldn't go and embarses me in front of my friends. All that i did was avoid the kid but he still makes fun of me. I thought after the assembly he might say he was sorry but he didn't. He is one of those people who only care about themselves. Thank you for giving me the courage to forgive others for what they did and inspire me by you story.posted by Austin on May 1, 2008 5:54 PM
I just want to thank you for comeing to the Richmond High Schoo,my friend Shelby well she told me that after your speech there were still kids bulling her what should I tell her?posted by Kaylynn on May 1, 2008 5:50 PM
Hey its me Brie! Im the one who took a picture of you and Izzy today at the high school! so whats up?! I loved your story! it was sad and inspiring! You'll have to let me know when your book comes out! I love reading! and your book sounds like it will be really good!posted by Brie on May 1, 2008 5:30 PM
thank you for coming to our school. i was at richmond. alot of times people make fun of me because im short but u taght me a good lessona. i look up to you
thanks for coming to richmond high school u relly helped me see how it feels to get bullied and to stop bullying my brother and other people:~)posted by samantha on May 1, 2008 5:16 PM
Thank you for coming to richmond,it was a cool speech and I learned alot about bullying and how it can effect other people. Your a nice person and help out alot by doing these speechs.posted by c on May 1, 2008 4:54 PM
You came to my school and everyone loved your speach. You have made a big difference in my life. I get very frusteraded with people very easy and i take stuff out of other people because of problems at home and i no i should not but it just happens. Alot of kids make fun of other people and it's not right. I am starting to relize that it does hurt other peoples feelings and i stopped after your speach. So thank you so much for taking your time and doing to right things for others. Im so sorry that this happened to you but think about it your still the same nice and generous person you were 16 years ago and i just wanted to tell you thank you and your such a great person
Hether♥posted by Heather on May 1, 2008 4:39 PM
hi im leah and u came too my school in richmond today
i get into fights with kids at my school because they think it is fun too call me names and make fun of me
im glad u came,i feel like i dont have too fight anymore.
ur my hero.
I just wanted to say to Gabe thanks for coming to our school. People like you make the world a better place. Although Izzy looked a little tired today. You are an amazing person.
Stephanieposted by stephanie on May 1, 2008 4:26 PM
i saw you today(5/1/08)and it was great!!! Thanks for coming to Richmond middle school!!! Izzy is so cute. That was a wonderful story!!! I always wanted a dog like Izzy!!! I told my mom all about it and she felt bad for you and Izzy and wanted me to thank you for coming out. Have fun!!!
dear Gabe, thank you for coming to our school. I loved having you at Richmond High school. You really are my hero. I think you have really changed my life. Thank you so much. and Izzy is adorable. I love the puppy picture of him too.
♥Cassie=]posted by cassie on May 1, 2008 4:04 PM
I really enjoyed your speech you presented here at Richmond Middle School today. I thought it was very inspiring. My little sister is 11 years old and was diagnosed at birth with a disease called Wolfehirshorn. She still wheres dipers and can't talk at all. She will mummble and try to talk but all that comes out sounds like baby talk. Your speech you gave today inspired me so much to help my sister, Brianna, more and accomplish more in school and in everyday activities. So I just wanted to tell you that you and Izzy did wonderful and I am excited to hopefully hear for you again!
Thanx again! ♥Alyssa Keller♥ 12 yrs. oldposted by Alyssa on May 1, 2008 3:53 PM
hello im dionte from Richmond, MI and i just wanted to say great site!!! I have a site too its http://1hampster1.wordpress.composted by dionte on May 1, 2008 3:38 PM
You are so inspiring. I loved to see you and izzy.posted by Kim on May 1, 2008 3:31 PM
I LOVED you and izzy! You Guys ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!posted by malissa on May 1, 2008 3:28 PM
You are truly an inspiration not only to students but to adults also. You have touched my life forever and I will never forget you and Izzy. Your story is so inspiring how you have overcome bullying and your nerve disease. God has given you a wonderful gift of being a motivational speaker and changing people's lives. Keep telling your story and don't forget what a terrific young woman you are. Thank you so much for coming to Hot Springs and sharing your story.posted by Jane on April 26, 2008 9:27 AM
Dear Gabe & izzy,
You both are so awsome, Thank you so much for comming to our scho ol you tought us a bunch of things about bulling.
I HOPE THAT YOU AND IZZY CAN COME AGAIN TO OUR SCHOOL. YOU GUYS ROCK!
WE LOVE YOU, L AND S AND LO
I loved your talk, and I think Izzy is soooo cute! I was just wondering if you could send me your autograph & Izzys paw print. Me mailing adress is .
YOU'RE MY HERO!!!!!!!!!
Hailey & Courtney
Thank You Very Much for coming to Hot Springs Middle School, we loved you very much and if you remember us we are the guys that hugged you. I think that you are a very pretty and talented girl and I just want to tell you that you are a great motivator for our school.
P.S. You had a great impact on me.
Thank you for teaching us how you learned to be nice to people. And thank you for teaching us about not being bullies and letting us pet your dog. I loved the program that you gave and the pictures you showed us.
I hope you and you and your dog can back sometime in Hot Springs SD TO TALK to us agin iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii loveuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuposted by kylie on April 24, 2008 5:45 PM
I'm kind of like you.I got bullied a lot too.posted by Micheal M on April 24, 2008 4:01 PM
Dear Gabe and Izzy,
Ihad a good time at your program.I just wondered if I can ask you a question about how you felt about people calling you names and knocking books out of your hands.Well I mean I feel bad for you about you losing your balance.So I am liking your web site.I hope you can walk and can take care of your dog better and easyer.
So how did you feel when your mom toled you that you have diagnose.Your program about bulling people tot me a leson about if you see someone getting bulled you should go and stand up for them.You are not the only one getting bullied I mean I got bulled too and I can tell you gitting bulled is not fun for you and me.Do you like getting bulled.I hate getting bulled well by
You are so strong and brave. You are my role model.posted by Kyla on April 24, 2008 2:19 PM
Dear Gabe & Izzy
it was very interesting listening to you. I hope I can see you and izzy & listen to you again
whether its on TV or in person in hot springs
P.S Tell izzy I said hi, please write back
I liked how you showed the slide show. What I liked about it was how you shoed the things about you dancing and High School and I liked your dog Izzy hope I see you again.posted by Jared on April 24, 2008 2:08 PM
I liked when you told about izzy and how old she was.im in 5th grade i live in hot springs sd. i like that you gave izzy a birthday party.i hope you enjoy traveling and telling kids about bullying!!!!!!!!!posted by jennica on April 24, 2008 1:56 PM
I had to drop a note to say thank you for all you do! Keep up the outsatnding work. As an Alternative Education Instructor, I appreciate what you are doing. I truly respect you taking care of Izzy through her illness and her of you. Most people do not value life especially, animals, they see them as disposable entities. But to care for those who can't care for themselves is to be truly rewarded. May God shine constant light upon you and Izzy.
Again I say thank you for those who you have touched and those whom you will in the future, because of work like yours and others maybe true peace in this world of ours may be acheived.
Thanks for the motivation and inspiration.
I love how U came to Scarlett Middle School and said stuff about Bullying and to tell you the truth I used to be a bully but now Im not anymore so thank you so much!!!!!!!
P.S. Please write backposted by Brandon on April 18, 2008 3:50 PM
Hey gabe you came to my school and I really liked your speech. I actually thought that you were beautiful and cool. I wish I could be friends with you. But I'm to young to travel with you.
Stay cool Gabe and Izzy--- Christopherposted by Chris on April 18, 2008 2:08 PM
You helped our school in so many ways. There has been less bullying already. Thank you for coming to our school. You really made a difference. You are truly an inspiration. You're story is amazing and incredibly sad. When you came to Scarlett Middle School you made about 80 people cry.
Hey I sent you another message but I did not finish. I loved your talk it did make a change in my life. I do agree that name calling is the worst and I hope taht you will kinda put those in your past but I know that it is not that easy. Izzy is so cute and I have a cat whose name si Nemo and he is my best friend. When I am upset he is always with me rubbing up on me. The weird thing is that he likes to lick my neck at night like I am his mom or something. If anything was ever to happen to him I would be lost without him because he is one of the sweetest cats I have ever met. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures and watching the animal planet video and the today show. The song that was on your own video about bullying kinda made me get teary eye cause it was a very sad song. Thank for the lesson
I use to be bulled so bad i would want 2 cry so i would be mean 2 others but now i don t have 2 be so mean thank u i hope 2 see u agin some day
You are such an inspiration to me and people who are bullied and who bully others. Thank you for coming to my school and speaking about bullying. Your speech helped me to become stronger when standing up for myself when I'm being bullied or talked about. and not as passive. I also learned how to become more gentle when standing up for myself and not become a bully myself.
P.S. Your dog, Izzy, is so CUTE!
Hey I really enjoyed when you came to school and tallked to us. It inspired me and i hope you will be able to come back to Scarlett soon and i LOVED looking at you pictures.posted by Briana on April 18, 2008 12:40 PM
Hey you are such an inspiration and my cat is my best friendposted by Kymberlee on April 18, 2008 12:33 PM
You came to my school yesterday and I really appreciated it. Also you know that dog magnet you have with the hearts for it's eyes? I am the one who gave it to you I hope you like it!!! I can not wait till your book comes out I am going to buy it the first day it comes out!!!posted by Brianna on April 18, 2008 12:32 PM
i think its really cool you being a motivated speaker. thanks for visiting scarlettposted by kassandria on April 18, 2008 12:31 PM
Hi Gabe I love your dog and you I was a student in Scarlett Middle School you came on Thursday I was about to cry in your slide show your mom show us I am mexican and been mexican is not easy because you don't speak the same language and it's hard learnig another language but I learned now I speak 3 languages spanish, english and spanish, I was bully and they would label me the kids that label me would tell me oo your a fat and your weird or looked at the weird girl that doesn't speak english i got so depressed and when I learned english I would bully another people because they didn't speak english but now I think what would they feel if I bully them they would feel the same thing I felt so yesturday that you came to my school that sameday I went to all the people i bully and say sorry because all the things you talk about it really made me stop and think about it. so I want to Thank You for opening my eyes and make me see that I guess I ned profesional help because I have to much anger inside me so thank you so much and I have a question ""Does your disease have a cure? or is there a way we can help you, or your dog has a cure fro his liver? e-mail me I really want to know, about you more. my name is cintya from Mexico, love ya and you have my support for everything I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. THANKS BYEBYEBYEposted by cintya on April 18, 2008 10:02 AM
I was at your Scarlett middle school presentation, and It really touched my heart. good luck -leroyposted by Leroy on April 18, 2008 12:50 AM
This was very brave of you, I thank God everyday for young people like yourself, can not wait to read your book.posted by David Burns on April 17, 2008 11:45 PM
hi gabe hi izzy, i go to scarlett the school you spoke to today and i loved your dog and it's sad that you were bullied. I really like how you talked to us about your life and everything. u are really pretty and so is ur family and ur dog is soooooooooooo cute.posted by Madiha on April 17, 2008 10:36 PM
I'm a student from Scarlett Middle School. Hearing Your story today made a big change in my life. It made me very sad to hear about all of the bullying that you were put through. I'm very happy that you found Izzy! I hope that everything is well!
If you would like to talk more, feel free to e-mail me.
You came to my school and I liked hearing u talk (note my school is Scarlett and you went on April 17th)posted by Andre on April 17, 2008 8:53 PM
Dear Gabe & Izzy,
I am a 8th grader at Scarlett Middle School, and your presentation today was remarkable. It is definitely something will never forget. Watching students perspective on bullying change, was something incredible. After your presentation I was talking to some of my peers, and it had made them realize that some of the smallest things you say someone could really hurt their feelings. I really appreciate you taking your time to come out to our school. You really did inspire me.
posted by Taylor on
April 17, 2008 8:19 PM
dear: gabe and izzy
I love izzy she has the most awsome esr ever. well but I really felt bad of your story of your life but that is the pass so leave it begian you and think about the people that love you starting with your mom, and izzy because they will alway be there for you.
love: jennyposted by jennifer on April 17, 2008 7:28 PM
You came to scarlett middle school today.
And wow, Your videos made me tear up.
I deffintley learned a lot, And thought about if
I have ever bullied anyone before.
Then at lunch. I saw one of the popular jock kids talking to you
and I could tell you really send him a message, It was a big surprise.
I loved the assembley.
Hi Gabe and Izzy! I am from Scarlett Middle School, so you probably remember that you spoke to us today. I just want to say thank you so much! Because, I was bullied in 5th grade and it is still going on because I don't usually talk to everyone, because of reasons of that person. So, people are always saying that when like someone says hi to me of course I don't respond, and people keep saying behind my back, that why doesn't she talk?, so I am really hurt by what people say about me. So Gabe what should I do? Thank you so much for coming to our school today as well, I was the girl who gave you that last hug. Thank you so much! Scarlett Middle School loves Gabe and Izzy!posted by Sarah on April 17, 2008 7:19 PM
Hi I kind of now who how you feel with Izzy when she was diagnosed with the liver dessise. I had a dog and she was a golden and she had lock jaw and she got a muscle disses in her neck. And we took to the vet all the time. She was a very good dog. I loved her to death. But unfortrently when I came home one day I had gound out that she had died that day. And with the bullying I am bullyed all the time and no one want's to stand up for me because I act different then the other kids and it bugs me. I have a few friends, but they don't like hanging out with me a lot. They are good friends, but the are trying to fit in with the cool kids and I am never welcomed into that group so They pick on me when the cool kids are around. And I lock my self in my house and the day goes by fast and another day goes by before my eyes. You really have inspired me and I want to say thank you so much Gabe and Izzy
Gabe and Izzy,
Thank you so much for coming to my school today (Scarlett middle school in Ann Arbor Mi.) Your amazing story about how you got bullied really tohced my heart deeply. You are such a brave and powerful person and a nice one to. I envey and lookup to you. You are the voice for many people, like myself whom have been bullied. I am differnt in the way that I have dislexia. A disablity that I trobble reading and takes me a while to understand things. I am afrid to read in front of the class, and try to hide my disablity. Though, i get past it. Also izzy is so cute and I love you both. Thanks again for comming to my school, sam
Hi I'm a student from scarlett middle school an di wanted to know where do you live because i want to send you a gift bag and i don't know where to send it to so if you can email me back . I'm in the 6th grade if you wanted to know that can you please tell your mom and Izzy and last but not least your sister.posted by tia on April 17, 2008 6:15 PM
i loved u at scarlett ur a great person tell madelin 2 come and visit.posted by ashan'ti on April 17, 2008 6:14 PM
Hi Gabe, Izzy, and Rhonda I really liked the video that you showed us at my school today Scarlett Middle School and thanks for inspiring people to say sorry to me and everybody that made fun of somebody i went through what you went through everybody calls me duck face and only a few people said sorry but i wanna thank you for everything and the other video you showed us when you were visiting other schools and taking pictures i loved the song but you helped me and your word touched me nad i hope you and izzy make it and get through the troubles you have and even though you and izzy have a disease you both are beatiful inside nad out nad i really want to thank you byeposted by Allayah on April 17, 2008 6:12 PM
you came to our school today, Scarlett Middle school. And I just wanted to tell you that your message really touched my heart. I have a habit of playfully saying things that I know would not be a thing I would want people to say to me, but when you talked to us today about how sometimes we don't know it but we are hurting people. I'm going to try my hardest to stop, because I never realized that it might hurt someone. Thank you for helping me to see this.
hey Gabe i loved it when you came to Scarlett it was sooooo much fun seeing you and Izzy you are a great person thank u so much for coming to Scarlett Middle Schoolposted by alexa on April 17, 2008 5:28 PM
Hey Gabe, hey Izzy. Today I am very very glad that you came To Scarlett Middle School. I thought Izzy was a really cute dog. I thought that your story how you and Izzy came together was great. I also thank you for talking about the non-bullying stuff. I get bullyed alot as well just for my weight and what you said today helped me alot. I was the kid who was with a couple of other guys and i had the dark brown hair with the silver dress shirt on. I saw your video on Animal Planet and i thought that it must be "hard" not being able to walk and i understand that it is. When that girl in the 6th grade on the stage asked you if you could "would you take away your disease"? I agreed when you said you would keep the disease and i thought that was pretty hard to say. - Alex
posted by Alex on
April 17, 2008 4:28 PM
Ps. Good luck with izzy and tell her i said hi
You came to my school on April 17th 2008. You have really opened my eye's to things that I don't normaly see. You have changed my life forever. I hope I will never bullie anyone because they had something different about themselfs. I think everyone deserves the same respect as everyone else. You have really put your story out there. I believe you are one of the best things that happened to me.
P.S. I have a dog she is all sorts of different types of mixes. Also I believe you have helped all the kids at my school today.
thanks for coming to my school today because of you some kids have stopped picking on me and that has made me feel good
hey Gabe!! Do you remember me? i was that one girl with the black and blue sweater, that hugged you? :) i LOVED the assembley you did at Scarlett Middle School today! i miss you and Izzie and i wish you both the BEST of luck!!
Your Best Friend,
your story just touched my heart, i felt like crying when you talked to my school.posted by Joyce on April 17, 2008 3:31 PM
my name is aneth i love your website you are so cool
Hi. You were great at our school today (Scarlett Middle School). It was really inspiring. I loved your dog. She was so pretty. I hope you continue to tour around and talk to schools to prevent bulling.posted by Anna on April 17, 2008 1:52 PM
Hi Gabe!!!! It was really awesome that you came to our school (Scarlett Middle School) today! You gave me great ideas with handeling bullys. You really inspired me today, and i just wanted to thank you for coming!!
Izzy was really cute too! She was really sweet! i LOVED the nailpolish!posted by Abbi on April 17, 2008 1:51 PM
Hey Gabe and Izzy,
It was so nice of you to come to our school (Scarlett) and talk about bullying. When you were talking it was very interesting to hear it really touched my heart to hear you speak. And it cool how izzy claws were painted.
hi first of all i would like to thank you for coming to our school (scarlett middle school) today. but i would like to know if your disease gets in the way of your love life.
I am from Scarlett Middle School and i wanted to say thank you so much for coming to share your story! It was so touching. It brought tears to my eyes. It really made me realize how much it hurts to be bullied and i really took to heart what you said! I feel so bad about everything that you have gone through but i can tell in your face that you are very strong! I admire you. I really hope i get a chance to see you again and if you EVER need a friend just remember i am here for you no matter what no matter what happens!
I am a true friend and am always here for you!
I love you and your family you guys are great!
Please write back
I thought that must have been tough being bullied like that. I really can't relate to having your world flipped so fast. I think that I would have wanted a friend during that. Your dog must have comforted you a lot. Earlier today you spoke at my school (Scarlett Middle) and it really touched me. Bye!!!!
I go to Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor, and i was so glad to meet you and your family on April 17. You talking to us as a group made me feel so good inside, I really took it to heart. Your speech made me almost cry after thinging about how many people get bullied in school. I felt so bad for you and other students. I hope you come back and visit us soon, we would love you to. I really enjoyed talking to your sister at my luch table also, getting to know her was also a pleasure.
Well thats about it.
but email me anytime.
Tori Cunningham :)
Hi Gabe and Izzy. You came to Scarlett Middle School on April 17. You inspired me so much. I cried through the whole thing. I just want to let you know that I have been through bullying too because of how short I am and how I have hair on my upper lip. I hurts a lot and it still does, but you inspired me to forget about it and keep moving forward. I loved when we watched the dvd you made. It was awesome I cried during that too. And when I heard about you dad I just started crying so much. To tell you the truth you are one of the best people in the world and also my hero. Thanks you so much for coming. I will never ever forget you. I even have you as my computer background! Again thanks! :-)posted by Janae on April 17, 2008 1:30 PM
Hey gabe you came to scarlett today you are soooooo niceposted by Raven on April 17, 2008 1:26 PM
Gabe and Izzy
You have inspired me so much. I think it is great that you are going around to school and talking to students about how bulling has affected your life. My dog went through the same things as your dog she started to run into walls and stumble. She couldn't even walk for a long time when she want to turn she always turned to the left even to go right she would just randomly turn in circle's. Then my mom decided to put her down. My dog was my best friend in the whole world she died in my arms. All my family members and friends helped me go though it and know I think about her all the time. My school (Scarlett middle school) was very happy that you came to are schoolposted by DeYana on April 17, 2008 1:25 PM
I just wanted to let you know, that after you came to our school (Scarlett Middle School) there were so many sorry's going through the hallway. You have inspired us all to do the right thing and stop bullying. Thank you so much! The school is much better now ever science you came. Hope you come to visit again!posted by Jayla on April 17, 2008 1:23 PM
You have inspired me so much! <3 I use to call this boy a mouse because he looked like one to me, but after you came to our school, I apoligzed and stopped calling him that. It is so great what you are doing in the schools. You are also VERY BEAUTIFUL! (Just to let you know) !! <3posted by Jayla on April 17, 2008 1:18 PM
Hii Gabe and Izzy!I am a student at Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And when you came to our school to talk about what you had been through,it made me think about the things I use to do or even say to kids at school.But since today April 17,2008 I have learned to stick up for kids that are being bullied and not be the suspect in the situation. When you came to Scarlett you taught me a lot of things and giving respect to my peers is one of them. So for that I say Thank you and if you ever need a friend just e-mail me.....
Thank you for coming to my school Scarlett Middle School. You are really nice. I like your dog Izzy.posted by Lyle on April 17, 2008 11:06 AM
Hi I go to scarlett middle school and I really enjoy your message very much, Also I have a question i didn't get to say is that "What was the goal when you was young that you wanted to accomplished when you was in the process of growing up?" Well thanks for coming to Scarlett and keep beliveing in yourself no matter what happens Go is you provider.
Love Izzy Too!!!!!!!!
hi i hope u can overcome the obstacles with izzy!posted by Malik on April 17, 2008 11:03 AM
i was deeply moved by your presentation, i have certainly changed my habit of bullying.
you are truely an inspiration to young people everywhere :)
Hi Gabe i'm Ana and i am from Scarlett middle school in the 7th grade. I just wanted to say that i really liked your speach and that i think it is awsome that you talk about you experinces when you were getting bullyed i hope you can wirte me back thanks for everything
Ana Garciaposted by Ana on April 17, 2008 11:02 AM
I think that your story is a impowering one. I think that in your life you've been through a lot and got through. I understand what you are going through with the bullying. I was bullied when I was little and I've made lots of friends since then.
I went to the assembly at Scarlett MS today and I really liked what you said about bullying and YOUR DOG IS SOOOOOO CUTE!!posted by Alanna on April 17, 2008 11:01 AM
thankyou for coming to our school. you gave me a new outlook on bullying. it was really sad watching the video. my friend alexis started crying and made me cry from seeing it too. im glad your outlook on life has gotten better.posted by Brittni on April 17, 2008 11:00 AM
hey i was at the scarlett asamballey i liked the speech that u gave to today. i just want you to know that ill be your friend to. meesage me please.posted by diyaa on April 17, 2008 10:59 AM
thank you for coming to my school scarlett middle school. your talk really helped me with the bullying at the school thank you again.
you have gave me a new outlook on bullying.posted by shelby on April 17, 2008 10:57 AM
Hi Gabe, I read an article on MSN about your interview for the Today show. I wish there were more people like you who have the talent to put into words how it feels to be bullied in school just because you look different. In my case it was because I was always on the chubby side. The sad thing is bullying isn't exclusive to kids because even adults can be mean, too.
Anyway, I wish you all the best.posted by Dettie on April 16, 2008 8:22 AM
posted by Cody on
March 31, 2008 10:50 PM
I havent seen you in a long time. Grama called me and told me that you were on t.v., I am or was-I guess- your cousin. Tammy is my aunt. I just wanted you to know that I am thrilled you are doing so wonderful. I have a son with Autism who has experienced bullying in his school and I appreciate your efforts to change the situation.
If you feel like getting in touch, please do.
Congratulations and good luck
posted by Cody on March 23, 2008 01:50 AM
I accidently ran across your story. Not only are you furthering the message about bullying, you are helping to dispel the misconceptions about people with disabilities. I also have a neuro-muscular disease, and I'm on the board of a local advocacy organization. Your work is excellent! Check out http://freshperspectives.typepad.com/fresh_perspectives/2007/08/choices.html.
BTW, my wife and I just adopted a 12 year old hound mix who was abandoned by his prior owner. Best to you and Izzy....
posted by Mike Sporer on March 24, 2008 09:32 AM
hi Gabe and Izzy thank you for coming to my school,oak valley,you are so cool.i hope u can come back. bye
posted by joey on March 24, 2008 12:39 PM
Hello. Thanks for Coming to my school [Oak valley Middel School].. Your Dog is soo cute.. I want one!! I ment to waych the Today Show but.. i kinda fliped the channel because the Jonas brothers were on tv.. Im sorry I really wanted to watch it.. but i forgot to flip back!
posted by Lindsey on March 24, 2008 01:09 PM
posted by edward phillips on
March 31, 2008 10:44 PM
Gabe, I can reeally relate to your story. I had a brain tumor on my brain stem removed in 2002 at the age of 37. Unfortunately, the tumor came back and I had it removed again in september of last year. This time it left me with cerebellar ataxia on my left side.I take primidone to control the shakes, but somedays are better than others.My motto is :play with the cards that are dealt to you: I'm glad to see there are people like you, out there , Keep up the good work. I hope you get this message and reply back. Thanks!
posted by edward phillips on March 24, 2008 02:57 PM
Gabe, I believe I taught your mother in my 7th or 8th grade English class at Fenton Middle School. I recall her as being a most mannerly and classy young lady. You must be just like her.
posted by SUZANNE CAMPBELL on March 25, 2008 12:19 AM
I am a member of a networking site called ataxia South Africa. Someone put up a link about you and had some videos and stuff. How insane but also incredibly cool and and and you and your dog can get the FA word out there. I have believed for a long time now i have been put here to teach people about diversity, you certainly are doing so. Oh i to have freds, i am 27 (omg i cant handle that. I still see myself asd a teenager) i live in Johannesburg South Africa, (i am with friends of mine in Australia at the moment for a few months) anyway i just wanted to say hey and keep up your fantastic work. Its so positive, uplifting and is truly wow.
posted by on March 25, 2008 02:47 AM
I want to thank you for sharing your story. My youngest daughter is still in the process of being diagnosed, but is believed to have some form of a spinocerebellar ataxia. I haven't found anyone who has ever heard of this, it just doesn't get talked about. My daughter is 4 and we've been testing her since she was 17 months old. Thank you for brining this into the public! I was so excited to hear about your story and also that you are doing something so wonderful for so many kids! We wish you the best of health and look forward to reading your books!
posted by on March 25, 2008 09:29 AM
after loosing the ability to run how lonw was it befor u couldnt walk? and can u stand up if your holding on to something?
i have FA too!
posted by gavin on March 25, 2008 01:23 PM
posted by Norine Roach on
March 31, 2008 10:36 PM
I love your website. I would love to get you to come and talk at my son's school. We live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am so happy Gabe, that you found Izzy. Dogs really can help us through anything. I really want to meet you and have my son meet you. You are truly inspirational!
posted by Norine Roach on March 26, 2008 09:08 AM
Hey Gabe! you were just at our church (Heritage Hills). I really enjoyed hearing you speak about bullying. I've had some people pick on me in my day. And i know it hurts, even though i pretend like it didn't. Luckily, i've come to realize that if Jesus loves me so much, that's all the acceptance i need. Sometimes i just have to remind myself of that.
Your story on MSNBC really touched me. I haven't cried for years because of depression. Thank you for the inspiration. You're a beautiful person and I admire who you are and what you do. I'll never forget you, as you are one of my heroes.
-Jason, 27, Pittsburgh.
I hope you received the previous message. I forgot to put in the e-mail address and name.posted by Sarah B on March 29, 2008 1:19 PM
Gabe, I have FA too. It was really surpising when they told me that I had it. And that there wasn't a cure for it. When I was young I always thought I could be or do anything. Then I found out that all those things became limited. I am 17. I was in a wheelchair a little early because I had a heart-transplant and many medical things I think. I am still depressed. I don't think I'd be able to get out of depression unless a miracle happens. But whatever you say helped you get out of your depression I will give a try. I just don't know what it was. Sarahposted by on March 29, 2008 1:17 PM
Rhonda, Gabe & Izzy,
Yes sadly we live in a "non-perfect" world. This is why God is so busy helping the person who wrote his awful note to Gabe.
Gabe must realize with her roll as a "beautiful angel", she must look positive at these type of messages, and pray that the Lord help this person.
Gabe, look above all this....you have a busy job helping to change this world.
Be strong and know that 99% of the people, are so impressed with you. ( Also your parents who never gave up...they spent many sleepless nights worrying about "their Gabrielle".
Gabe you are a Great Angel,
James C. Forrer
Media Marketing, Inc.
Gabe - wanted to say thank you. My brother was constantly bullied in high school and I appreciate you speaking out and standing up for others.
God Bless you & Izzy.
Gabe you talked at my school hartland middle school at ore creek. your speach was amazing! I get bullyed all the time and the stuff you talked about made me think why they were bullying me in the first place. i thought it was maybe they were jelious of me and they were instable about themselves that they had to make someone feel bad about themselves to my the bully feel good about them. i just think your amazing and im looking forward to your spech next year. Thanks so much. Because of you my school is a better place.
You are truly blessed!!!....you have what i would call "The Aloha Spirit". Coming from Hawaii, my views on everyday life in the world seems to be too demanding, but when i read the article and then saw the video of you and Izzy, it made me realize that good things do happen in the world to good poeple.I love dogs and for you and Izzy to have been paired up seemed to be destiny...Please keep doing what you do best and live life to the fullest!
with much love and aloha,
Kaneohe Hawaii 96744
Hi Gabe & Izzy,
I have been following your story since I first saw the piece on Animal Planet. Gabe, I think you are a wonderful human being--strong, caring, and beautiful both inside and out. Thank you for sharing you story with others; I am sure you've been a great help to countless people, young and old, with their own struggles. Keep up the good work. I wish you both all the best.
Hi Gabe! Your TODAY SHOW spot was terrific; you and Izzy both look great. Congrats to you both and your Mom and keep up the good work. Have a great Easter and keep in touch!
Bobposted by Bob U on March 22, 2008 3:15 PM
A very special story, of a very special lady.
The Lord put this wonderful / beautiful lady, (Gabrielle Ford) on his earth for a special reason. He then gave her a wonderful companion....called Izzy, a black & tan Hound
I called today and spoke with her wonderful parents, Rick & Rhonda Hillman, who also are special angels, for it was through their love and guidance that helped Gabrielle become the spirit for all of us to believe in.
Please take a moment out of your busy to read about something very wonderful.
We are all blessed to Gabe and Izzy, along with Rhonda and Rick, who fought through many tough years.
Bless us all,
James C. Forrer
Media Marketing, Inc.
Gabe and izzy,
I saw you with Dominik Hasek. thanks for comeing to oak vally middle school. and izzy to
u recently came to my school (Holly Academy) and i had to cry at your speeches. Gabe you are such a beautiful young woman and izzy is so adorable. And Eric you are a very nice looking man and I am happy u came to my school.
-STAY GOLD- (a quote from my favorite movie THE OUTSIDERS)
hi gabe and izzy i liked when you came to are school it was fun to have hear at bourtion glen you are normal to me because i have to mecdchicon to healp me cronal my anger so your noraml to us at b.g. so pleas come back to visit us.posted by michael from bourtion glen on March 6, 2008 12:01 PM
your dog is beautiful, as r you. Every one is normal in my eyes. acually what is normal, i mean to you, just curious
best of luck!!!!
Thank you for comin to our school Burton Glen Charter Academie im a eighth grader i saw my principal didnt write to you so i thought i would people i starting to see what happens to people who get bullied and they snap and do something bad thank you again for coming to our school
Calebposted by caleb on March 6, 2008 10:33 AM
GABE U TAUGHT ME SO MUCH I AM NEVER GOING TO BULLY ANY 1 AGAIN!I PROMISE.LOVE KATEY FROM HOLLY ACADEMY.OH,AND I HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME VISITING THE SCHOOL.LOVE KATEY.THE GIRL WHOS INSPIRED BY U AND IZZY.PLUS,IZZY IS THE CUTEST DOG IVE EVER SEEN.IF MY DOG AND YOUR DOG PLAYED TOGETHER I THINK THEYD HAVE A BLAST.LOVE KATEYposted by KATEY on March 3, 2008 7:32 PM
Hi Gabe (and Izzy, too)! I thought it was awesome when you came to my school, Holly Academy! I feel sorry for you, how you were treated.Just a question, before you got diagnosed with the diesease, did you break any bones?
I love you!! You are almost as pretty as HANNAH MONTANA!!posted by Jarrett on February 28, 2008 2:29 PM
Izzy is so very cute!! Gabe, thankz for coming to our school, Holly Academy!! We enjoyed your visit very much!!!posted by Daryl on February 28, 2008 2:25 PM
Dear Gabe & Izzy ,
You guys came to our school Holly Academy and I wanted to say thanks and that you guys are such a insperation to me. I hope that you guys had a great time at our school
thank you for coming to my school and sharing your expirence with you really touched my heart. while you were playing the slidshow with the song i started crying beacuse you really picked picked a good song and very good pictures and surprisingly you picked my favorite song. i wish you and izzy a very happy life with your friends and family on traveling around the US and sharing your experince and i hope you touch many other lives like that.
Holly Academy student sophia 2-27-2008
ps give izzy a kiss or great big hug for me!
dear Gabe and Izzy i loved when you came to holly academy !!!!!!!!!!!!! I was the girl who said
I'm glad you came to are school. im really sorry about your walking problem but i dont care about your walking problem because your always going to be my friend
Hey, I thought your story was great and I definitely will not forget it! I wish the best of luck for you, Izzy, and your whole family! Just remember that even when it seems like the whole world is against you, there's always someone out there that cares....posted by Jesse on February 27, 2008 6:17 PM
Hi you are so cool. I wanted to know did Izzy save your life? Like Help you to go in public. I don't know why people would make fun of you. You are so awsome.posted by Julia on February 27, 2008 5:00 PM
thank you for coming to holly academy. I love your story. your dog.posted by Kaitlyn on February 27, 2008 4:42 PM
i loved your story,and im so glad that you came.posted by kayla G. from burton glen on February 23, 2008 8:35 AM
Hi how are you? um you just came to our school burton glen. i am so glad that you came to our school! it taught me a pretty big lesson!
posted by alexus from burton glen on
February 21, 2008 9:15 PM
hi gabe i really loved your story and you are normal to every one have a good day
feb o2/21/08posted by mckhaela of buton glen on February 21, 2008 9:10 PM
hi i want to thank u for commming to burton glen love kayla u will be in my praysposted by kayla on February 21, 2008 3:27 PM
dear gabe and izzy i wish u both the best of luck .
u will be in my prays love lots kayla
posted by kayla on
February 21, 2008 3:22 PM
ps.ur where at my school wensday feb,20
thank u for comming to are school burton glen
i think u relly helped us.
i want u to know that ur my hero thank u love lots kayla the gurl that said i like ur hair
hey gabe this is kamie
i took the picture with you after the assemble so do you go out in public now.
i really enjoyed the assembly i learned alot from you and it was interesting.
posted by kamarae on
February 20, 2008 7:27 PM
can you write me back thank you.
hi gabe and izzy im justin from burton glen you came to my school today and you showed me to not tocall people names cause it hurts peoples felings so thanks.
ps:I loved your show today thanks from justin burton glen charter academy oh and ill frequently be e-mailing you hope to see you soon .posted by justin on February 20, 2008 6:17 PM
I love you . You have really inspiered me. thanks.posted by on February 20, 2008 5:13 PM
hi, my name is isabella but my nick-name is izzy too thats funny
and today you came to our school Burton Glen
and i just wanted to say i loved you speech and it almost made me cry
and you moved me and i enjoy your speech today
and i wanted to say thank you very much for coming to our school =]
Hi Gabe and Izzy thank you for coming to our school.You are really pretty and your dog is pretty to.Also thank you to Eric.posted by Ashley on February 20, 2008 4:17 PM
we love you!posted by nancy rowe on February 17, 2008 6:37 PM
HEY HEY HEY its brooke taylor here and i wanted to tell you that you FREAKEN ROCk!!!!posted by ~brooke t.~ on January 20, 2008 4:28 PM
~Hi! I am a 6th grader and you came to Madison Junior High this year. I think that you are a very inspiring person. I love Izzy! Thank you so much for coming to our school. I would like to email you and keep in touch if that would be okay. Please email me at the email address above if you want to. Thanks!! Allie~posted by Allie on January 12, 2008 8:39 PM