2009 Guestbook Archives

Gabe & Izzy thank you for my book for my 13th birthday! I am so glad that you signed it! I would love to meet you again and get to know you. You came to my school 2 or 3 years ago in Wisconsin near Madison.

Thanks again,
Tabitha :-)

posted by Tabitha on December 29, 2009 1:51 PM

Hay gabe you came to WAYLAND ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 12/09/09 I was crying through your story. You inspired me to never ever bully anybody ever. P.S I hope who ever bullied you got in BIG trouble.

YOUR BIGGEST FAN,
JAKOB

posted by jakob on December 19, 2009 8:40 PM

Gabe,
It was lovely to meet you and your mother at Barnes and Noble( 19 Dec 2009). I enjoyed talking to you, you are a very pretty girl and your mission is special. I enjoyed talking with your mother too LOL thanks again for signing my book and my Abraham Lincoln also. I am excited to hear how things are going. I will pray for you and your family as you spread the word about bullying and the effects. Your mom told me you honor your troops but it was I who felt honored to meet you and would enjoy crossing paths again. Please take care

posted by Andrew on December 19, 2009 5:00 PM

Hi Gabe, Just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. I hope everything is good with you and that you have a good New Year. Bob

posted by Bob Crusty Boyd on December 18, 2009 9:47 AM

Hi, im Dillon you came to my school to day 12/14/09 Grand Blanc High school and i just wanted to let you no you inspierd me and mad me relize that i should not put up with bullying and thank u and what was the name of that song the country one

posted by Dillon on December 14, 2009 4:31 PM

Thanks for coming to my school (Wayland alexander elemantry)

posted by Katlynn on December 14, 2009 3:50 PM

sorry about the bullying they did.it would dent my life too.

posted by emma and alissa on December 12, 2009 4:56 PM

Gabe, I am so sorry about your loss. My dog got put to sleep last summer. You are a beautiful young woman, and i am sorry how people treated you. You did not deserve any of the things your classmates did to you. I loved the speech you gave at our school [Beaver Dam Elementary] your speech inspired me and my classmates. Everything happens for a reason and if you did not have your desease we would not get to hear your great speech and the bullying would contnue. Please reply!!!!:-)
Sarah

posted by Sarah on December 11, 2009 10:51 PM

hi,my name is faith.you came to my school on dec.9,09 at beaver dam elementary,ky.i'm sorry about your loss with izzy.you are in our prayers and have a merry christmas.

posted by faith on December 11, 2009 10:39 PM

Hi,my name is Dossin you came to my school beaver dam elementary school and I think that it is cool you can go around schools giving speeches to people thank you for coming to my school.

posted by Dossin on December 11, 2009 8:36 PM

DEAR GABE, I,M SORRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN TO YOU AND YOUR DOG.I HOPE YOU GET BETER SOON THANKS FOR COMING TO MY SCHOOL. NOW I HAVE NO BULLING IN MY SCHOOL. I LIKE YOUR DOG. AND THANKS FOR LETTING US PET THEM. LOVE JESSICA

posted by jessica on December 10, 2009 9:03 PM

hey i'm faith and i'm from beaver dam elementary.you came to my school on wednesday the 9th.i was wondering how old are you and do you have any siblings.thanks you've really inspired me.

posted by faith on December 10, 2009 5:31 PM

Hi, my name is Shelby you came to my school (Beaver Dam Elem. in KY) today (Dec 9th, 2009). I really liked your talk- it helped me learn about bullying. I think you are very nice and I really like you Gabe. I wish I could have met Izzy but sadly she wasn't able to be with us today. I am sorry for your loss. Love Shelby 2nd Grade

posted by Shelby on December 9, 2009 8:35 PM

I am Maddie. I am 8 years old and in the 3rd grade at Beaver Dam Elementary in Beaver Dam, Ky. You came to my school today and I loved hearing you 2 stories. I loved your dogs.thank you for that suprise at the end.

posted by Maddie on December 9, 2009 8:26 PM

You came to my school Wayland Alexander on December 9,2009 and i was the last person to hug you in line. I wanted to tell you once again that i am so sorry about Izzy dying I wish she was still with you but atleast she is with you in your heart. Right now, I bet Izzy is up in Doggy Heaven so excited that you are not depressed anymore and still doing your speaking engagments. I was so Suprised when I found out that you got more dogs. I am so happy for you and hope you the best years of your life ever. Also, I hope you have a great Christmas. Thank you for coming to Wayland and I hope to see you again. Continue on with your life. Also, Izzy will be happy that you do what you can to continue on with your life. P.S I was so sad at your Speaking Engagment and I cried. PLEASE SHOW YOUR MOM THIS LETTER AND PLEASE WRITE BACK. I will share your words with everybody I know. I am going to buy your book.

Thank you for your time,
Hayley (a Wayland Student and Your Biggest Fan)

posted by Hayley on December 9, 2009 6:52 PM

Gabe,
I just want to let you know what a true inspiration you are to all. You were at our school today 12/9/09 (Beaver Dam Elementary) in KY. The message you gave to our students is truly inspirational. As I told you when you were here I to was an object of bullying in grade school thru high school. The message you are spreading is great. It was great to meet you, your parents and also Lindsey and Jack. Great dogs. If ever there is anything I can do for you please don't hesitate to ask. If you can't remember who I am I am the one who helped hold the dogs and I also lived in Michigan when I was a youngster. (I was the one at the tigers game in 68) Take care and I will say a prayer for all of you and also for the message you are putting out. I know they say everything happens for a reason and maybe this is the only way God new how to get this very important message across. He has chosen an exceptional young lady to pass this on. God Bless and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

posted by Liz Westerfield on December 9, 2009 4:42 PM

Your story is so touching!I think those people who bullied you were very wrong in doing so. You came to my school on 12-9-09, Wayland Alexander. Bullying seems so silly! Thank you soooo much for coming!

posted by Sheyann on December 9, 2009 4:06 PM

DEAR GABE, THANK YOU FOR COMING TO BEAVER DAM ELEMENTRY IN KENTUKY.I REALLY ENJOYED YOUR STORIES ABOUT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. I HOPE YOU HAVE A MERRY CHRISMAS WITH YOUR FAMILY. YOU HAVE A REAL BEAUTFUL SMILE. AND YOU ARE REALLY COOL.

posted by MADDISON on December 9, 2009 4:05 PM

I am so thrilled to know that someone like you is fighting for right in this world that has turned upside down. You are an inspiration! Never be ashamed of how or what God has made you. He has a plan!! Keep up the good work! Sincerely, Amy Bembeneck (Kinney)
P.S. My hometown was Fenton Mi.

posted by Amy Bembeneck on December 8, 2009 8:15 PM

Dear Gabe,

I think that you are such an insperation! You give the best speaches, and advice! Thank you for coming to my school I think that all the bullies at my school heard you out! GABE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by Megan on December 8, 2009 6:31 PM

Gabe,I was touched by your story.I think you are brave because I thought it was touching how you could make it through the bullying,but you did.You came to our school on Wednesday,November 18.The bullying is starting to stop.Thank you,Gabe.You stopped our bullying.
Mackenzie
P.S.You are the most best thing that happen to our school yet.

posted by makenzie on November 19, 2009 9:20 PM

hi gabe am sorry about what happen to izzy by the way you came to my school this week longfellow and i am salina.

posted by salina on November 19, 2009 6:57 PM

HELLO!u Came to my school longfellow today i wanna say im sorry u got bullyed and u r awsommeeeee!!!!

posted by Arieana on November 18, 2009 11:56 PM

hi gabe I am from longfellow my teachers name is mrs.dubendorfer I saw you November 18 two thousand nine I liked Izzy to and I liked Izzys friends from Adriana to GABE

posted by adriana on November 18, 2009 10:18 PM

hi im jaidyn i saw you at school today and my friends creid becuse you did but i did to and i thout that you comeing to our school and i thout it was nice of you to do that and i thout that the program was nice to

posted by jaidyn on November 18, 2009 6:05 PM

hey gabe u visited my school today i am sitting here crying because i really miss u i want u to come back love u guy forever in my heart lies izzy please keep in touch

] I MISS YOU PS WRITE BACK Please

posted by Trevonpearson on November 18, 2009 5:33 PM

Hello you are an inspiration to alot of kids ,and i wanted to write you and tell you Thank You. My son told me you went to his school today (Longfellow)and you talked to them about bullying.He wanted me to write you and tell you thanks for letting him pet your dogs.He said he is very sorry Izzy passed and he hopes you will be ok.We will all pray for you ,and my three boys promise to not bully people so you do make a difference.Thanks again,Andrea

posted by andrea (jacob's mom) on November 18, 2009 5:21 PM

hay gabe&izzy i jus wanted to say sorry for wat happened to u and who every did that to u i hope they get in deep trouble i love u ang izzy no matter wat.love,tyleeska

posted by tyleesha on November 18, 2009 5:02 PM

Hi Gabe i seen you today at longfollow

posted by makiya on November 18, 2009 4:11 PM

I am anxious to get to meet you when you come to our school Beaver Dam Elementary on Dec. 9th. Bullying is a very sad aspect of school and I totally understand where you are coming from. I myself was bullied in school for not having the money and things the other kids have. I believe it has made me a stronger person today. Again, I look forward to meeting you and listening to the message you give to our students.

posted by Liz Westerfield on November 17, 2009 1:23 PM

Don & Karen Ladd are our closest friends.
We heard about you & your book thro' them. Don works with your dad.

Teaching special ed at high school level, I, unfortunately, have to help some of my students deal with bullying.

Discovery Education, United Streaming just had a segment on "Stand up for Kids" with a slideshow of 9 myths about bullying. I forwarded it to ALL staff in the entire district stating that it was a crucial issue & all schools should present this short slideshow.

I'm also ordering a copy of the book to share with students & collegues.

posted by Judith M McCall on October 27, 2009 10:42 AM

hi gabe-
i was instant messaging to you earlier today. i told you that im a triplet and that i go to ore creek. didnt you come to ore creek last year?

posted by kimmy on October 25, 2009 9:01 PM

Gabe,
Since I read your article in the Guidepost there has not been a morning or evening that I have not said a prayer for you, Izzy and your Mom. Hang in there

posted by Bill on October 20, 2009 7:00 PM

I read your story in Guideposts, Gabrielle, and thought I'd check out your website. I was touched by your story about Izzy and the difference she has made in your life--and vice versa. I hope you will be inspired and encouraged to continue speaking out against bullying, which has the power to negatively affect lives for years to come. Your mission has the power to positively influence lives for years to come. Nice to meet you, even if just through a magazine and a web site!

posted by Steve Bortner on September 21, 2009 8:48 AM

Gabe you have come along way since I first met you at you're Uncle Steve's wedding to my niece Joann. Her mom (Pat) told me what you are doing now, I'm so happy for you. I have ordered your book for the school I work at now. Our counselor does an anti bulling campaign on our campus. She is such a wonderful person, that your book is going to be my gift to her. Please take care and tell your Uncle Steve and Emily hello. God Bless

posted by Judy Thomas Robertson on September 19, 2009 8:57 PM

Our 15 year old son, Alex took his own life on February 7th of this year. He was bullied for years at school and we didn't know. I so hope your efforts STOP bullying with the younger kids and they do not grow up to be teen bullies and then adult bullies! Sincerely, PK/grieving mother

posted by PK Harrison on September 9, 2009 11:12 AM

Gabe,

It was very nice to have the pleasure to meet you and your family at the 2009 telethon. Thank you for being an insparation to everyone.

God Bless,

Stacey Mason

posted by Stacey Mason on September 7, 2009 11:10 PM

God Bless You Both!!!

posted by Erika on September 7, 2009 7:24 PM

hi this is kaylee from ore creek middle school and just wanted to ask what gabe's email is?

posted by kaylee on August 25, 2009 8:29 PM

Hello!
I have made a group on Facebook, called "Zero Tolerance To Cyber Bullying" , in reality I am trying to help everyone with any kind of Bullying, and I hope you don’t mind but I have added your web site to the ones on the group,
Thank You
Smiles Kate.

posted by Kate Stansfield aka Kate Fields (England) on August 16, 2009 10:34 AM

I read your story in Guideposts magazine (February issue) and was really inspired by your courage to keep going no matter what. I was very sad to see on here that Izzy passed away, Im sorry for your lose. I just wanted to say you inspired me to keep going through all my own trials and tribulations. Good luck in your future.

posted by Jessica on August 11, 2009 12:35 AM

WOW! Gabe I read your book Still Dancing in two days. And that's good for me b/c I don't like to read.lol I was truly inspired by your story. My niece Christina was diagnosed with FA when she was 7 and is now 11. We have really been touched by your amazing story. It breaks my heart because she goes through the same thing you went through. I wish the kids at her school could hear your testimony and maybe they could understand what Christina goes through. I wish you well and I'm so glad you have the courage to speak to others about bullying. God Bless you and your family.

posted by Sherri Kelley on August 1, 2009 8:41 PM

I just wanted to let you know I watched your story when I was pregnant with my daughter. I was moved by your story. I found it wonderful how a dog gave you such inspiration to live again. I named my daughter Isabelle, after Izzy. She was my reson to live. Her father fed my low self-esteem. I won't let that happen to her. We have a no bullying policy at my childrens school. It is a no tolerance policy. I wish they would have had that in place when I went to school. My children have a chance to have a good self-esteem. They showed me I can too. I just wanted to thank you. You and Izzy showed me there is hope.

posted by Tiffany Sterner on July 28, 2009 10:10 AM

So sorry to hear about izzy.have you found another dog to replace izzy?how is your family? have you had a good summer i hve had a wonderful summer
love oshannus

posted by oshannus on July 25, 2009 9:41 PM

Waht a wonderful heart felt story about you both. Bullying is awful
to ones self-esteem. Taunting and teasing is not the same. Keep up the good work being done. Prayers are with you. Is your book going to be in book stores? I do not have a credit card. Cash or check for
now. Lost my house in 2005 due to fraud. Lost Benji My doggie too.

But life goes on. Benji is in dog heaven.

posted by June Northway on July 18, 2009 11:16 PM

Gabe is doing a great job bringing attention to bullying in school. Why is it I never hear anything about bullying in the work place? It is well known that people with disabilities in the work place are the low people on the totem pole, and often times end up getting fired.

posted by Travis on July 11, 2009 4:30 PM

Today I was in Verizon Wireless and I noticed this lady walk in the door as I was being helped, her purse had a picture of a dog on it and it imediatley caught my eye. It was Izzy.

I walked over to her and polietly asked "how do you know Gabe and Izzy?" She replied "Gabe is my daughter" I was shocked as we then started talking. She went on to say that you had to put Izzy down, and then I started to cry, so I told her my story...

I too have been bullied, and I know what its like to go through that sorta thing. I had went to Linden schools sense elementary and my freshman year of high school I switched to Lake Fenton School District, because of bullying.

There was this group of girls that would torment me and call me names in the hallways. They would put horrible horrible notes in my locker, so that I would get them in between classes.. & thats not all, one of the girls acually went as far as to have her mom call my house and threaten to beat me up.

My parents were well aware of the bullying I was going through, but when the other girls mother called our house..that was the last straw!
My parents went to the school the next day, and showed the staff all the letters the girls were putting in my locker & told the principal what was going on & about the phone call we recieved the night before..
The principal told my mother that there was nothing he could do about the name calling. My mother was livid, so we took the next step. We went to the police. At the police station she gave them all the evidence they needed & we then got a personal protection order against the girls & their families, any contact with them what-so-ever was to be reported to the police imediately.

After my parents went to the police, my mother decided to give the school a piece of her mind. So she sat in on one of the public board meetings and gave a speech about bullying in schools and what I, as well as my family, had went through.

Today I am graduated from lake Fenton and I am attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall. I'm writing to you because your story really was inspiring to me and it hits really close to home, i've been through it all..and i'm so happy you and Izzy are getting the story out there and teaching people that bullying is so so so serious. You truley are a hero in my eyes, and i wish you and your family the best.

god bless :)

(& I'm so sorry about Izzy, I know how much she ment to you)

posted by Michelle Lucky on July 9, 2009 1:19 PM

Hi Gabe, So sorry about Izzy. I want to see you on the 4th of July. I hope I can buy your book and have you sign it.
See you then.

posted by Beverly Grossmann on July 1, 2009 11:58 AM

Gabe I recently stumbbled onto your website realizing who you where after years of lost contact.

You always had a strong personality about you and the heart warming deep dimples i loved so much! Still to this day, you carry those traits. The love you had shows with the love you give. Izzy is proof of your love. Please know that she is now running, romping and playing with your great grandfather whom also loved his dogs!!!! With out a doubt he is looking down upon you with the same proudness his had holding as a baby. Some of the few times he truly smiled. You impacted lives then and will continue to do so in the future.

Your mother always knew you were special as a baby but didnt know in what way at the time. Grow and continue with your search in life knowing the stregth you have within yourself, family (those here and those looking down), and your extended family and friends will help direct in your path.

As always, you were and always will be "my favorite". I love you Gabe!!

Love,
Tammy

posted by Tammy Helman on June 30, 2009 8:00 PM

Hello Gabe, How are you?
Im sorry about Izzy.
Im glad I got to see her
before she passed.

posted by Danielle on June 27, 2009 6:40 PM

Hey Gabe!
I heard that you lost Izzy. I'm really sorry because she was such an important part of your life and she helped you through tough times. She helped a lot of us see that some of the things we do or say to people might hurt them even if they don't show it. Thank you for being such and inspiration to me and my classmates!

love,
Miranda

posted by Miranda on June 21, 2009 7:49 PM

Hello Gabe,

How are you doing? I was so excited to hear that your book was out. I am very excited to buy a copy of it. I just got a new job so it will be a couple of weeks before I can buy a copy but I will. I am very excited to read it as well. I just learned that you recently lost Izzy. I'm sure that was very difficult for you. Our pets become our family and we love them very much. I'm sure he still hangs around you though (his spirit). I hope you are doing well. You look great in the picture. Hope to hear from you soon. Oh by the way, i'm Amanda and Robs friend, i'm sure you remember me. Talk to you soon.

Marilyn

posted by Marilyn M. Rauh on June 19, 2009 11:04 PM

Gabe, I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of You. Today I picked up a magazine at work to read and the most amazing thing was the article that caught my attention was an article about You & Izzy. I haven't seen you in many years but it brought great joy to my heart that you were doing so well. The last I had heard was when you were going through rough times. I am glad you had Izzy and she had you. I met and hung out with you many years ago at MDA camp and now I work in a school with physcially, mentally & emotionally disabled students. I see what these children go through on a daily basis and I shared your story of strengh and courage with them. You are truly and amazing woman I am proud that I had the preliviage of meeting you in my lifetime. Best of luck to you in the future and I will be sure to get a copy of your book.

posted by Crystal Kerr on June 17, 2009 1:48 PM

Keep up the good work. I have a black and tan and know how wonderful they are. My Gunnar came into my life after losing my german shepherd of 6 years. He was born on the day I put my shepherd to sleep. god made him just for me.

posted by Lisa Stahler on June 13, 2009 9:17 PM

Hi! one of my sisters and I have Muscular Dystrophy. I am in my late 30s, and I am married. My mother past away about 14 year ago. I feel really lonely. I can understand how you must feel about loosing a friend.

posted by Socorro Franco Martinez on June 11, 2009 2:47 AM

hi,
my name is ashlee and i am from ncujhs. i heard your speech and liked what you said, and everything you said made me think about times when i had bullied someone and how they felt, and it made me think about what i was doing and how it hurt them.now i think before i say something to someone and i make sure it is something that would never hurt them in anyway. thank you for coming to our school and talking to us about that it helped me alot.I am also very proud of the things you have acomplished in your life, and i am proud that you have been able to be confident and speak to the public about this.
i hope everything goes well
♥Ashlee♥

posted by Ashlee on June 9, 2009 4:59 PM

hey gabe this is just me checkin in on u! ttyl! bye

posted by jessica on June 9, 2009 2:26 PM

hi how are you are you ok i am ok

posted by mercedes on June 8, 2009 5:16 PM

hey gabe,
I really enjoyed seeing you at my school witch is North Country Union Jounior High.I also enjoyed you speeking to us and it really tought us not to bully in or school please email me and i will look forward talking to you the from a North Country student.
Lisa

posted by lisa on June 8, 2009 3:09 PM

Hey it's me again Rachel it's 1:40, Friday, June 5th.
When I heard that you were bullied because of your illness. It made be think of me. Because sure I have about 15 friends but I still get bullied alot in an emotionally way. Sometimes in a phisical way. And I talk to my dad about it and sometimes nothing gets done. But when he says He'll call or e-mail the school later sometimes it never got done. Can you give me some advise in which I should do to stop, prevent, or even have less of this sruff a day.

All my love,
Rachel

posted by Rachel on June 5, 2009 1:45 PM

I feel really sorry for you. When you were at North Country Junior High School, Iwanted to give you a hug and talk to you. But when we were called back to our T.A.'S I didn't get to. But I wanted to say feel weel and Iam sorry for your loss (Izzy). By the way your dog was so cute. I couldn't realy see you in assembly because I didn't have my glasses. They were broken. You were actualy blurry. So if you could send a picture of and Izzy or your other dog that would be grate.

posted by Rachel on June 5, 2009 1:35 PM

I just read your article and found it interesting

posted by Ronald on June 5, 2009 1:18 AM

I am a student from the junior high that you visited today (June 4, 2009) and i am truly inspired by you and the way that you overcame so many challenges. I personally haven't ever had a dog but have built a bond with MANY fish and one cat. I love that you have become able to show yourself in public and really show kids the effects that bullies can have, you are a great person! I think that it is a terrible thing that such a wonderful person such as yourself got hurt and I believe that I am very privilaged to hear your story, and to see you in person.
P.S. I am sorry about your dog Izzy and will pass on your story to everyone that I think needs to hear it.

posted by Allison on June 4, 2009 7:04 PM

Hey! I got the privelige to listen to your story today at North Country Union Jr. High School. I was touched by your story and appauled at what had happened.
Thak You for coming!!

posted by Marissa Davis from NCUJHS on June 4, 2009 6:20 PM

gabe,
thanks! you put some tears to the NCUJHS. please write me back. dont worry anymore! please becasue i have been bullied so many times, i cant explain how many times it has happened to me. im soooooo sorry about izzy. before you came, we saw the animal planet movie. and i herd about his death. sooooo sorry. i saw you tried holding back from crying. i know how it feels. i lost my brother ryan when i was young. i lost so many animals i can never replace them. well write back as soon as possible. hugs forever. love, miranda (the bullied student) and i would like you to give me some advice about preparing not to be bullied. thank you so much!!!! bye!!!! !

posted by miranda on June 4, 2009 5:32 PM

Hii gabe,
You came to my school today and you were really brave i don't think i would be able to do that!!!! it must be really hard! you encouraged me. I am soooo sorry about your dog! I know how it feels to loose a dog that you have had for a long time i had mine since he was a puppy and i raised him by myself and we moved so we had to give to a family that had land for him to run! I miss him everyday! Thank you sooo much for coming to our school (NCUJHS)
xoxox
Britni

posted by Britni on June 4, 2009 5:16 PM

Hello Gabe,
today, you came to my school and gave a very good, insperational speach that i am sure reached out to many people. I am very glad our school was lucky enough to have you come in and speak to us! I also want to say how sorry i am for the loss of your dog,Izzy. I am sure you had a very special bond. Belive me, i know how it is to lose a loose a great pet. Well, thanks again,
- Maddy

posted by Madison on June 4, 2009 4:09 PM

It was a pleasure meeting you all today at our Jr. High School. As I mentioned to Mom, "thank god you let Gabe have a dog." My 4 dogs have also inspired my life when I needed someone. When one died tragically I was devastated. A year later I got another Pug, just like the one who died. Not quite the same but it does help.
Your message today was well received by our students and I know they were listening. I personally can't thank you enough for sharing since I also was very bullied in school. Not for the same reasons as you but still it was very hard nonetheless. Keep up the good work and good luck with ILO. Regards, Joyce

posted by Joyce Lantagne/North Country Jr. High School on June 4, 2009 10:43 AM

I was so sorry to learn of Izzy's passing. I was on the way to work this evening and I heard "Building a Mystery" by Sarah Mclachlin on the radio, which made me think of that "A Pet Story" episode I saw years ago about Izzy, you, and your family. Your life and work is an inspiration. Best regards, Mark

posted by Mark Bogenrieder on June 3, 2009 9:27 PM

Your mother told me about you today while she was looking for a yellow school bus. I am from Michigan Charters in Novi. You are an amazing girl and your dog was as well. Sorry for your lost in her and her brother. I have a eight year old that has been bullied, I am going to share your story with him. You are so Amazing!! Keep up the great work Gabe! I wish you all the luck in the world!

posted by Danielle Keedle on May 29, 2009 12:10 PM

Hi Gabe, I'm sorry to hear about Ben. Now the two of them are together again. I know that they will take care of each other and will be waiting for you when it's your time. Remember, the Lord takes care of us all, "In His Time" I'll say a special prayer for Ben, After all, us (Sea)dogs take care of each other. Your friend, Crusty

posted by Crusty-Old-Seadog on May 28, 2009 5:23 PM

Gabrielle, I want to tell you how much of an inspiration you have been to me! I have no physical ailments, but since March of this year I have experienced some VERY tough mental ailments. I am doing MUCH better now, however, since I read your story in Guideposts back in April, I have thought about you and Izzy EVERY day! I wake up each morning with a smile on my face, knowing that there are positive things in life to look forward to... And yes, I am a DOG LOVER myself, so I too know that having a DOG as your best friend is AMAZING! Keep your head up and your spirits high thinking about IZZY, and remember that God has everything already worked out in HIS plan! You seem VERY intelligent and are helpful to people all over the country... Just wanna know when you might travel south for a speech or two? I live in Mississippi and would love the chance to attend your speeches! I'm already out of high-school (and should be done with college by now) but recently, God has called me into his plans for Seminary school. You are not alone in today's struggle so please remember, "No pain-no gain!" I'm still unsure about many things in my life today, but one thing I am sure of is this... If you will transform your MIND, God will transform your LIFE! Congratulations on all of your achievements and I pray that someday I will have the opportunity to meet you- Your BIGGEST fan, Reed

posted by Reed on May 27, 2009 3:20 PM

Gabe, I just read your story in the Feb.Guidepost issue. It inspired me and gave me hope. I have sat in my house for the last 8 months feeling depressed and sorry for myself due to job loss, and illness. Having been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis I am finding it increasing difficult to find work that I can do. Ready your story has given me such inspiration!!! God sent you to me, just as he sent Izzy to you. God Bless You Gabe

posted by Chris on May 27, 2009 9:47 AM

Hi Gabe....I read your story on-line on GuidePost and was very touched by how you went forward in your life with the help of your dog-friend, Izzy. She looks very loveable. I have a cat....and he is a real source of companionship for me in particular...he loves to cuddle with his human mama (me).


posted by Olive Olson on May 26, 2009 10:15 PM

I just read an article about Izzy's passing and wanted to express sympathy. When Gabe and Izzy apppeared at my daughter's school several years ago, my daughter spoke personally to Gabe about the fact that she was being bullied. Gabe told her how sorry she was and gave her words of encouragement. This finally inspired my daughter to make the changes we felt were necessary and switch schools. She is now in a much better environment, and although in therapy to repair the damage to her self esteem, is doing much better. We will keep Izzy in our prayers and will be forever thankful for the love and encouragement they both gave.

posted by Kristine Moore on May 26, 2009 3:37 PM

Heyy it's megann again. :) from swartz creek middle school mrs.kish 5h hour teacher!!!im sorry about izzy and yourr
a wonderful person and thanks for talking to us about bullying!

posted by megan :) on May 25, 2009 8:12 PM

its that same megan that posted a message may,1. :) thank
youu for talking to our kids at middle school about bullying
its helping but some people are still doing it soo they need
to stop! its very meann! well message meeeeeee back bye bye
sorry about izzy and youre a great person!

posted by megan karas on May 22, 2009 2:16 PM

I had just herd about izzy and iam terribly sorry!!!!! i will pray for you!! just to let you know that god is on your side!

posted by Madison Robinson on May 21, 2009 4:05 PM

I came to hear about your story and website from Sean.
I'm from the UK and i just had to write an tell you that i think that you truly are a remarkable lady.
I know you must be feeling terribly sad at the moment but i hope you take comfort from the fact that that you and Izzy inspired and helped so may people.
Its so beautiful that together you have changed so many peoples lives.
I'm sending you all my sympathy and lots of love.
Take care Gabe x

posted by Carlie on May 20, 2009 8:34 PM

a couple of weeks ago you came to our school. Swartz Creek Middle School. we were the last school izzy came to. and today we heard in school that izzy died =( we do believe that izzy was a living angel but god didn't human or dog able to live forever and now izzy is dancing in heaven

posted by Connie on May 20, 2009 3:55 PM

sorry about izzy! i prayed for her and you every night!

posted by jessica on May 20, 2009 2:23 PM

I would just like to say how sorry I am to hear about Izzy, I have 3 speacial friends of my own and I can't emagine how hard that was for you . You are in my thoughts and prayers .He was a special boy put hear on earth for a perpuse and he did that job well.

posted by Paula Kinne on May 20, 2009 7:24 AM

hey,
i am verry sorry about izzy =( I know how it feels when you loose a pet trust me ive been there. And I also know that by the way you were talking about how Izzy changed you and how she was your life (second life thazt is) that you loved and cared for her very very much. Just know that she is in a much better place now and is still with you everywhere you go.=) Even though she is not phisically with you, you just have to be strong and hang in there. ily again sorry about Izzy. =(

you friend,
Davene =)

posted by Davene on May 19, 2009 2:11 PM

I had heard about 10 mintues ago about Izzy, Im so very sorry, but I see it as you gained, not lost. I believe Izzy was a angel sent to you, your family. & I wanna remind you not to be sad, but be happy that god chose you to share a life with Izzy. Your such a wonderful person for doing all you do for us. You are an amazing person. I want to be just like you. I believe Izzy has not died. I believe she will always be in your heart, and when you think about her, you will have a grin on your face, and remember the good times you shared. Well thanks again. I hope to see you again.

All My Love,
Chelsee .

posted by Chelsee on May 19, 2009 2:10 PM

sorry about the dog=[ i hope u keep on the fight to stop bullying.

posted by Brandon on May 19, 2009 1:55 PM

im so sorry about what happened.

posted by malia on May 19, 2009 9:48 AM

gabe i am so very sorry for your loss and i just want to say good luck and keep up the good work. Also that izzy will be in your heart forever and you will se tracks or her and that is very good. belive me i have also just suffered from a loss of my dog and his name was Divot. he was a doberman and he was ten years old. he still lives on in my heart and leaves marks around our house!!!!

Good Luck,
Mackenzie
Lake Fenton Schools

posted by Mackenzie on May 19, 2009 9:46 AM

Gabe you e-mailed me last night and I was very sad. I knew she was sick but I didnt know she was that sick. Im so sorry and wish I could be there for you. Im so sorry and she was always there 4 u and helping you. You had someone to play with. I bet you will get another dog that will help you as much as Izzy. God is with you. We will be praying!

Paige :-)

posted by Paige on May 19, 2009 9:43 AM

I love you guysand I am so sorry for the horrible loss but I'll bet he's very happy siting on a very, very puffy cloud in heaven.

posted by Ian on May 19, 2009 9:42 AM

Gabe,
i am so so so so so sorry about Izzy but she is in heaven now and she is happy. god bless you. and thank you for inspiring me when you came to my school!

posted by Randy on May 19, 2009 9:41 AM

So sorry for your loss.

posted by Rita on May 19, 2009 9:41 AM

WHEN MY CLASS HERD THE NEWS EVERY BODY STARTED CRYING IM SO SORRY ABOUT IZZY I HOPE YOU ARE OK I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND IZZY EVERY NIGHT YOUR FRIEND CHASE

posted by chase on May 19, 2009 9:39 AM

Gabriella, I was so sorry to hear about Izzy's passing. When you came to Excelsior Youth Center, our girls fell in love with both of you. They were so moved by your story and getting to pet Izzy. I know his kind and loving spirit will be with you forever. He was lucky to have such a wonderful friend in you. Joan

posted by Joan Gabrielson on May 19, 2009 9:38 AM

It's 5:55 AM and we could not sleep Gabe. All we could think about was Izzy and how much we already miss her.

A COONHOUND STANDS FOR BEAUTY,STRENGTH,AND COURAGE...GABE & IZZY

Gabe you SAVED IZZY'S LIFE and in turn she loved you so much she paid SOCIETY BACK by giving her beauty,strength and courage teaching students,teachers,educators and so many others around the world that
BULLYING IS A CHOICE and it's long term effect. Through you so many students have save having to go through the bullying you endured in school and so many have former bullies recognized their behaviors. The comments in your guest book are powerful and heart felt. These comments are BELONG TO YOU AND IZZY FOREVER and is a true message of her work on this earth.

Izzy gave you strength,courage and brought out your beauty. You are who you are today all because of your dog named IZZY. As we have told you many times only dog lovers understand a dogs love. We understand a dogs love because Dog spelled backwards is GOD and GOD IS LOVE.

We will miss being on the road with Izzy, but Izzy is going to live on forever in the heart of students and many in the world. Your wish has been granted... IZZY WILL LIVE FOREVER IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER.

YOUR SO INSPIRATIONAL,

LOVE,
MOM,RICK,MADELINE,CAITLIN AND YOUR FURRY FRIENDS,DOMINICK,LINDSAY BELLE,JACK,SWEETIE AND BOB.

posted by Rick and Rhonda Kay Hillman on May 19, 2009 6:14 AM

I am soooo sorry to hear of the loss of Izzy. I know how hard it is to lose a sacred friend. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Izzy really was an angel. Just be thankful for the times you two shared!! Good luck!!


Shannon Wilson
Kindergarten teacher
Ethan H. Shive Elementary
Rockwell, NC

posted by Shannon Wilson on May 18, 2009 8:08 PM

Gabe I just recieved the email about izzy and as soon as I saw it I was on the fioor crying. I am so sorry I hope that you will recover for this.I give you all of my prayers and love to you and your family.GOD BLESS YOU!!!

posted by kolby on May 18, 2009 5:20 PM

Hi Gabe, I don't know what to say. I just read about Izzy, I know how I felt when I had to have my dog but to sleep. It hurts. My prayers are with you always. In time it will get better, but trust me, she will always be with you. God bless you Gabe. your friend, Bob (Crusty)

posted by Bob (Crusty-Old-Seadog) Boyd on May 18, 2009 4:52 PM

Dear Gabe,
I am so sorry to hear of Izzy's passing. The two of you had such an incredible bond that I know her spirit will live on to give you strength for many years. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Izzy, and your family. (We'll be releasing pink baloons in her memory)

posted by Dawn and Moses on May 18, 2009 4:14 PM

Hi Gabe and izzy, I have come across your web page via some crazy american loooon called Sean. I find you and your work very inspirational, you and izzy do a great job! I am sad to hear that izzy is not well (sending love). To you Gabe i wish to say Stay strong and take care of yourself, you are an amazing person x

posted by Teresa Martin on May 18, 2009 2:19 AM

Just want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you today. The day is dark and hard for some, yet for others, the difficulties have passed and there's now peace. She loved you and would stay with you 10 more lifetimes if she could. And if she could talk you know she'd say thank you for all you've done, how much she loves you ( Unlike Samji who'd tell me I should treat her more like how you treat Izzy). You're one of the strongest people I know Gabe, I know there maybe a large void now that can't be filled, but remember you're never alone. Your family and friends will never leave you alone, sorry you're just gonna have to accept us ;)

posted by Sean Tangerine on May 18, 2009 2:16 AM

You really inspirad me when you came to my schoool.(swartz creek middle school).You tought me alot.I thank youu.Ciara.team 6-1.6th grade!

posted by ciara K. on May 12, 2009 9:41 AM

Hay, Gabe:)

You came to my school about a week & a half ago. (Swartz Creek Middle School) Your words are so touching. I'm sure I can speak for more then myself that we were all inspired by what you spoke about. Personally, i'm insipred by the fact that you would give some of your time to us, to make the world a better place. If everyone would feel how they felt in that gymnasium, all the time, and always thought about the effect their actions could have on someone else, the world would be a much better place. I love your act against violence in schools, and your fight against bullying. I'm movivated by seeing you to help speak up for people more often. So, thank you.
You've made a difference in my life, as well as many others:)

<3 Sesly, 8th grade.

P.S. - Your super pretty:) & izzy is wayyy cute. Give him a scratch on the head for me? :)

posted by Sesly<3 on May 11, 2009 6:18 PM

hi you have made me a new person. I'm not the bully but i am the person being bullied. i have decided to try and talk to the bullies and get out why they are bulling people. me and my friends have all been trying to do this to people that always push us around. we arn't trying to get back at them we are simply trying to get them to tell us why they are bullying people so we can help them by telling them to try something new and maybe instead of being the bully they can be person who changes the world someday. Gabe you have changed the world for me an my friends. We hope that someday people will relize that bullying isnt a solution.

posted by Kaitlyn on May 10, 2009 8:56 AM

Hello! I work at Shindigz in Indiana and I just spoke with your mom today because she was looking for float supplies! She gave me your website and I'm so thankful that I was able to speak with your Mom! Keep doing what you are doing, you are making a world of difference to kids and adults alike!! Hope all is well! Keep in touch!

Sincerely,

Amanda Patrick

posted by Amanda Patrick on May 8, 2009 4:17 PM

Gabe you came to my school (swartz creek middle school) and i dont on if you remember me or not but me and one of my friends asked u if we could take a picture with you... gabe you are my hero and i love you to death and i hope that u and izzy BOTH get better and i reall do see a diffrence in our school becuause there were ALOT of fights and now that when you came to our school there havent been as much... i dont even think that there was 1 fight since you came to my school... but any way i just wanted to say thankyou for what u did and i really do hope that u and izzy get better and i hope the best for your family
I LOVE YOU GABE AND IZZY
thank-you: sheena

posted by sheena on May 8, 2009 10:43 AM

Hi Gabe, this is Brittney Goode from Mrs. Taylors class. I didnt get a chance to meet you because my grandma was in the hospital. I wanted to ask you some important questions about my sister. My sister is seventeen, and she has been getting seziers for no reason. And students in her school were making fun of her. They finally got it to the point were she dont want to go to school. What suggestions do you have so I can help my sister and get her to enjoy the things she use to?? Also what could I do to help her and make her feel compterble around a group of people? She use to love to hangout with people but now she feels like everywere she goes people are making fun of her. I was really disapointed when I herd what happened to you when you were in school. It made me realize what jerks their are out there. I know that if that was to happen to me I wouldnt know what to do. But it was nice talking about you I think it made some of the kids realize that there is hope for everyone out there. And thought people not to give up.

posted by Brittney on May 8, 2009 9:30 AM

Hi Gabe and Izzy! You came to Clio Middle School, talked to the some of the middle schoolers, and my english teacher, your step sister Mrs. Taylor took us over to see you. You told us your story about your condition and how kids bullied you in high school. I think bullying is bad, how they bullied you is wrong because you were hurt, and could not control what you have. You are one of the strongest women I know, through everything you have gone trough, being told you were going to die when you were younger, look your in your early 30's, and still living! Everything you told us was inspirational and made me think twice before I say something to someone. Im glad you came to the middle school and talked to us. I hope Izzy gets better and I hope to see you agian.
Thank You so much,
Sara.

posted by Sara on May 8, 2009 9:27 AM

hello my name is nick and you came to my school a couple weeks ago. your presentation was very nice it made me look at things differently. you dont really think about how the things you do affect people in such a bad way. thank you for comeing and talking to to our school.

posted by nick on May 8, 2009 9:27 AM

Hello my name is Stephy, and you came to my school a couple weeks ago, and when I listeded to your speach, it really showed me that bullying can really can hurt people more than it seems like it really does. It made me have a new perspecitve on bullying, and treating people the way they deserve to be treated. so I'd like to thank you for that.

posted by Stephy on May 8, 2009 9:25 AM

Gabe and Izzy, I seen you at Clio Middle School, even though I go to the High School. Throughout your whole speech I found myself very touched and I found myself holding back tears. I was really touched by what you said and what the people said from Fenton High School, it really did make me want to help out with everything that is going on with bullying but I don't know how. I wish that your speech would affect everyone like it did me, and everyone would understand how bullying actually effects people and their feelings. I can't say that I know excactly what you're going through, cause i defiantly don't, but I love how you went through everything that you did, and you're still trying to help everyone else. High school isn't the easiest thing to go through but day by day you making it easier for the kids who get bullied. You are honestly one of the strongest women I know. Thank you, so much.
Ashley.

posted by Ashley on May 8, 2009 9:25 AM

heyyyyyyy :). My name is jessica. You recently came to my school (clio middle school). I really liked your heart warming speech. i thought you did a very good job telling your story. i found my self tearing up at times. It was very inspiring, and very heart touching. The slide show with the song, dont laugh at me really had me tearing up. That was a very good presentation, and it was a really good song for it. You & Izzy are very strong, and im sorry to hear that might be Izzy's last time being with you during a speech. But i hope the best for both of youuu. And maybe you can come speak with us again, and stop most if not all the bullying in out schools. Your a very strong girl, just keep that going :]. --Sincerly ;Jessica<3

posted by jessica. on May 8, 2009 9:24 AM

Gabe,
Thanks for coming to the school to speak with us. You really opened my eyes to some of the things that go on in school. If is not happening to you or your friend you dont even pay attition to it. Listening to your story encourages me to help others if i see them being bullied.I admire you for your strength. You had a perfect excuse to just sit in the house and do nothing. Instead your out everyday with your head held high doing what you can to help others.
Ashley

posted by Ashley on May 8, 2009 9:24 AM

hi i really liked the presentation it was very informative and i believe it sent a message to the kids of the clio middle and some of the high schoolers about the effect that bullying has on people physically and emotionally and that can have a long lasting effect on a person. you and izzy are probably the strongest and most driven individuals i may have ever had the pleasure of meeting and id like to say that everything happens for a reason and i think these troubling things have happened to you so you can send a message to the world and stay strong and i hope you live a long and happy life

posted by dustin on May 8, 2009 9:20 AM

I thought that your presentation was very good and for the stuff that happened to you. It's very sad that anyone should do that to somebody. I have had problems like that as well and i responded with violence and almost got in big trouble for it so i agree that u should not respond with violence. I really though the presentation was inspiring and I think that your a very good person for the things you do. I think that talking to kids around the us and all over is pretty cool. I loved listening to you talking and I hope to hear from you on my email.

posted by John Parker on May 8, 2009 9:20 AM

Gabe and Izzy thank you for coming to talk to us. We enjoyed having you to talk to us. I am very inspired by you and Izzy both. I want you to know amazing people and animals like you two keep me going no matter what happens. You and Izzy are my shinning stars. I loved listening to you and hope to hear from you.

posted by Jerry on May 8, 2009 9:20 AM

Dear Gabe,
You came to Clio a week ago. I really enjoyed what you had to say. It was hard to see Izzy like that though she looked very sick. I want to say thank you for coming to see us. I hope what you had to say helps people see what bullying does to people. It takes a lot of of courage to go out in public. I am really happy to have been able to meet you. I hope Izzy gets better.

posted by Ryan on May 8, 2009 9:17 AM

Hey Gabe and Izzy Just stopping in to say hi again how are you doing???

hope to hear from you
thanks,

Krystal(:

posted by Krystal on May 7, 2009 4:32 PM

Hi Gabe & Izzy!
I so enjoyed reading your story in "Guideposts" Maganize.
What a BLESSING you two are!

posted by Teri Crowder on May 7, 2009 9:31 AM

Hi gabe! You went to Swartz Creek on friday. I was going to write sooner but I couldn't find the time. I would like to say everything you said really touched me and my friends and I actually started tearing during the assembley. My cousin has something similair to what you have that makes her walk differently then most people and she was bullied all through out highschool so I understood everything you were saying and just wanted to say thank you.
sincerley
Vanessa

posted by Vanessa on May 5, 2009 11:23 PM

you are a wonderful person! you came to my school on may 1st

posted by jessica on May 5, 2009 10:47 AM

you give me so much inspiration and i hope to use that insiration to change the world someday

posted by kaitlyn on May 4, 2009 7:55 PM

Dear gabe you came to my school swartz creek middel school last friday and i have noteced over the last few days that there is less bulling and people are apoligizing more and more each day throught out the school and my grade so i just whanted to thank you and izzy for coming to my school and i hope izzy gets better

posted by brandi on May 4, 2009 4:04 PM

Hi Gabe,
You came and talked to my school:Swartz Creek Middle School. It was so awesome to hear you talk to us. You really inspired me to never bully cause it can be so painful to others.
Thanks:Katelyn

posted by Katelyn on May 4, 2009 4:04 PM

Hi gabe my name is Taylor you came to my school:swartz creek middle school. And taught us about bullying every thing you said inspired me and alot of other people too. I Hope Izzy feels better!!

thanks again

posted by Taylor on May 4, 2009 4:01 PM

i am so happy and so excited i just can not explain me and my friends are doin so much beter after your speech!!!! and now about izzy i love her long ears BUT im very sad about her being ill but it is kinda funny how she ate a sock!!!!!!

posted by macey on May 4, 2009 3:01 PM

Good morning,

I listened to part of your story on WHNN Oldies 96.1 this morning, I am sorry to hear that your dog is sick, but I am glad that you are still pushing on towards the fight against school bullying.

Keep up the good work,

James DePatty

posted by Jim D. on May 4, 2009 8:15 AM

I was very touched by your story. I also had a very hard time in school with people being cruel and mean and I didn't even have a disease or a reason for them to be so terrible, but I do know it effected me greatly and I would have to say still does. Keep up the awesome work!

posted by Tami Alwood on May 4, 2009 8:14 AM

Just heard your story on WHNN with Johnny Burke! Very inspiring! I hope your story reaches a lot of students and adults for that matter!!!
May GOD bless you and Issy:~)

posted by Cheryl Talaski on May 4, 2009 7:59 AM

I hope izzy is well i will keep her in my prayers and let us know how she is doing

posted by Jensyn on May 3, 2009 7:58 PM

Hey how are you hope everything is well how is izzy i miss you

Jensyn
Hartland Middle School

posted by Jensyn on May 3, 2009 7:57 PM

Gabe,
I heard you speak at Clio M.S. and found myself tearing up a couple times. It is great what you and Izzy are doing! I was sorry to hear that this visit maybe Izzy's last visit with you. I know that it will be hard for you without her. I have a dog named Juno (which is a goddess name meaning protectress of women). I'm glad to hear that the cast of Ticking is going to write your story into their play. I am looking forward to going to see the play on the 30th. Maybe I will see you there. I am involved with a non-profit organization that is going to be doing a lot of work with schools throughout Genesee County as it relates to safe schools. I would like to talk to you sometime about the possibility of working together in our pursuit of safe schools.
Hugs,
Terri

posted by Terri on May 3, 2009 7:49 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy. You came too my school; Swartz Creek Middle School. I just wanted too tell you, how you have inspired me so much. The true stories you told, touched my heart. You & Izzy will always be in my heart!

posted by Tiffany on May 3, 2009 5:44 PM

Hello,
Recently you visited my school (Swartz Creek Middle School).
I really enjoyed your speach.
It really motivated alot of people and many were/are motivated to do better than they were before. I did see many people apologizing.
There are many times. I really enjoyed the exprience with you there. I hope Izzy gets better.
With all my love,
Jordyn

posted by Jordyn on May 3, 2009 3:33 PM

Hello. You just visited my school Swartz Creek Middle School. I am very touched my your story. I truly know i will keep you and Izzy in my hearts for the rest of my life. I hope Izzy gets better. I'd like to thank you for coming to our school and speaking to us about bullying. I hope the best to you and Izzy and your mom. I hope to see you soon.

posted by Devin M. on May 2, 2009 11:16 PM

i will never forget you and want to know how your doing

posted by TYLER on May 2, 2009 10:55 PM

hi my name is eleshia i go to swartz creek middle school. I am 12 years old and in the 6th grade. i have a disable sister she cant walk, talk,or eat bye mouth.

posted by eleshia on May 2, 2009 6:16 PM

I just wanted to say thankyou for coming to carter middle school to give that heart warming speech. i thought you did a very good job telling your story and i want to wish you and izzy the best of luck. :) i really hope you 2 get through this okay. and i also wanted to tell you that you are a very beautiful young women.

thank you
-kaylee.

posted by Kaylee on May 2, 2009 5:32 PM

You changed my life when you came to my school (Swartz Creek Middle School). I dont judge people no more and im nicer to more people.

thank you for coming to our school and giving that speech.

i wish you could be my big sister and give me advice.

You seem like a nice girl

posted by Karah on May 2, 2009 5:25 PM

hi gabe
I just wanted to say thank you for coming to my school yesterday. :)

posted by skylar on May 2, 2009 1:40 PM

Hi Gabe,
You visited my School Swartz Creek Middle on May 1st. Your speech was very OUTSTANDING!!! You have made an impact on me and others as well. I love how you never give up and your so determined. That shows a courageous person. You and Izzy will forever and for always be in my heart.

Love,
Ciara

posted by Ciara on May 2, 2009 12:24 PM

hey i just wanted to thank you for comeing to my school and speaking and that..so yeah um i dont know what else 2 put so yup.ok thanx,
bye

posted by Stacey on May 2, 2009 10:56 AM

Hello Gabe and Izzy! I was so happy that you guys got to come to my school. By the way i go to Swartz Creek Middle School. Anyways i just wanted to tell you when ever i got bullied at school i never was alone, all of my friends helped me and we never gave up. Sometimes I make fun of people but i always go back and apoligise. One time there was this new kid in are class and he made a very bad impression by hurting (or bullying) My friend. So nobody talked to him for a whole semester. We all thought he was a bad kid. But he really wasnt and we mad him really sad by not talking to him and bullying him the same way he bullied us. But now i am in 6th grade and he is one of my bestfriends we always hang out and everything. He still is a little mean but i think hes learned his lesson when you came to are school. Now i hope we can stay the best of friends and that he will never bully someone again. Before the assembly when you came my friend Hannah was mad at my friend (the friend that i was talking about) Brian. And after the assembly they made up and now are inspreable. I think that You and Izzy both made Hannah and Brian relise that they sould not hurt each other, intead they should get along. Thank you sooo much for coming to my school! Goodbye.

posted by Riley on May 2, 2009 10:51 AM

iam proud to read that.my son was born with clift palet and is picked on at school..that is a story thats lifts me up and can also help others to stand up and put a stop to this..thanks

posted by gina on May 2, 2009 2:12 AM

Hello Gabe. My name is Fritzi. You came to my school today at Swartz Creek Middle School. You gave a beautiful speech and I know you inspired a lot of people including me. I bet a lot of people who bullied people will think twice about and think of what you said and hopefully they will take your advice. I will pray for Izzy and I hope she will get better soon. You will be in my heart forever,

posted by Fritzi on May 1, 2009 11:03 PM

you are such an amazing person. I really love you story and it really touched me. I just would like to talk to you. I go to swartz creek middle school and im in 8th grade.

posted by Emily on May 1, 2009 10:45 PM

Thank you Gabe and Izzy for coming tomy school Swartz creek middle school. You relly inspired me. Thank you.

posted by Jacob on May 1, 2009 10:19 PM

Gabe Your Amazing. The Song "Don't Laugh At Me" By Mark Willis Is Now My Most Favorite Song. I Cry Every Time I Listen To It Now. Thanks For Teaching Me So Much.

Love Your Friend,
Krystal

posted by Krystal on May 1, 2009 10:14 PM

Hey Gabe. Thanks For Coming To Our Middle School Today. I Think That Your Story Will Really Change How Some People Treat Others. I Hope That You Had Fun At Our School. Please Reply If You Can. Thanks again for coming to my school I loved meeting you and Izzy. You Both Are Really Pretty

Thanks So Much,
Krystal

posted by Krystal on May 1, 2009 10:01 PM

HEY!!! I loved your speachs and i want to help with what you are doing. I know how it feels to be bullied, and I want it to stop too. I think what you are doing is a great thing. I love what you are doing going to schools and talking to kids about your past. I feel soo sad that you had to go throw that bullying durring your school days. I hope you have a happy life with your mom, dad, and izzy. I want you to know that there you will ALWAYS be in my heart. I wish the best of luck fighting the sickness. And i hope you have a very happy life. Tell your mom and izzy for me that i wish them the most happyest life too. Keep up the good work, you really touched my heart. Again i know how you feel about bullying and i want you to have the happyest life. Good-Bye for now,
Helen

posted by Helen on May 1, 2009 9:52 PM

Hi,
I heard you speak today at my school, Swartz Creek Middle School. It was amazing, your amazing. I'm sorry that Izzy is so ill, I hope she pulls through. I was close to tears during your speech, it's very motivating. I have never been one to bully, but now I feel like I should do more to help others, too. Thanks for coming to SCMS, I hope you can come again :]

posted by Ally B. on May 1, 2009 7:19 PM

I love the fact that u are sooo strong and you kind of remind me of a girl that we had lost this year from cancer(payton cram).I love your dog and I think that she is just soooo cute! I do feel really bad for you because of what you had to go through from school and your friends! I will pray for you and for your family and your dog that she does get better... and especially you!! Thank you sooo much for your time today and you opened up my mind about it!!

posted by Madison on May 1, 2009 6:43 PM

Hey gabe and izzy i saw you guys at my school in Swartz Creek and you guys were so great. I'm glad that you are doing so well. I hope that Izzy is doing good and I hope that you can BOTH come to Swartz Creek again next year. Oh ya and I don't want you to ever feel lonley again. I will always be your friend no matter what you or any other people say about it. I hope that you wright back. Love, Taylor H.

posted by taylor on May 1, 2009 6:22 PM

hey gabe and izzy i love u guys and i hope izzy and u get better thanks for coming to swartz creek middle school

posted by maile on May 1, 2009 6:12 PM

Hello Gabe and Izzy! My name is Kara, today you were at my school(swartz creek middle school) and you really moved me. I used to get bullied often because of my wieght and now I stand up for myself and others. I have a 2nd causin Zack somewhat like this dieseas like Gabe has and your speech today really moved me! I would like to thank you for coming to our school. I hope that Izzy is going to get better and I'm always praying and hopeful for the both of you and your families.

Love, Kara <3

Friday, May 1st , 2009

posted by Kara on May 1, 2009 5:59 PM

Thank you for coming to my school (Swartz Creek Middle School) I really think you left an impression on the school and will help kids that are being bullied or are even the bully. Well thank you to come to my school

posted by Terry on May 1, 2009 5:52 PM

Hey Gabe,
I wanted to say thank you for your strength and for being so strong you are an inspiration. I was at your bullying assembly in Clio today. I came with Fenton High School and our cast from Ticking. It is hard just to put on the play, but you lived through it and came out as beautiful as a rose. It makes me sad when I hear your story because I wish I was at your school with you because I would of done something I dont think I could let anyother student and sister in God's family be treated such a way. Anyways agains thank you and your such a beautiful person, YOU and your family and of course IZZY will be in my prayers I cant wait to see you guys again hopefully it is before our performance in a few weeks God bless.

posted by MacKenzie on May 1, 2009 5:45 PM

I didn't come strait home after school, I went to track, but maybe you didn't go strait home either, so I got online as soon as I got home. When I saw the Animal Planet program, I thought it was kind of ironic that you would get a dog with an incurable deseas like you have. I'm sorry to learn that Izzy may not live very much longer, but she has done well with her life by bringing joy back into your life. I think I love my dogs very much, but you share a bond even stronger with Izzy that I can't even imagine. I was really touched by your talk about bullying today. Bye!

posted by Philip on May 1, 2009 5:15 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy, I know how great a dog can be in your life because I have one and she is just like my best friend, so I know how much Izzy means to you. Thank you for coming to our school today (Swartz Creek)and talking to us about bullying I think it was really nice and brave for you to get over your disability and being shy about it and turn it into a cause that you have, thank you

posted by Chris on May 1, 2009 5:14 PM

Thank you so much for coming to our school.
Carter Middle School. Your incredible.
You have inspired me to become a better
person. I hope Izzy will be okay.
You will ALWAYS have a place in my heart.

posted by Danielle on May 1, 2009 5:12 PM

Dear Gabe & Izzy,
When i meet you today in Swartz Creek we thought that your message got out!!! And as being students ourselves you might of came acrossed to the bullies!!!! Write us back at. .. I would love to be your pen-pal!! love ya, Amber and Sarah
P.S. Your dog is ahhh-dorable!!

posted by Amber and Sarah on May 1, 2009 4:32 PM

i pray that you will keep this inspiration growing strong in other kids around you also. thanks for coming to my school (swartz creek middle school) today. I hope Izzy gets better and i know that you are growing strong and you may not get better but at least you have a good attitude. hopefully that never changes!!:)=)

posted by kaitlyn on May 1, 2009 4:31 PM

you are an inspiration to all kids around the world someday i wish that i could change the world into a better place with that inspiration.

posted by kaitlyn on May 1, 2009 4:26 PM

thanks for coming to our school it touched a lot of people

posted by Tyler on May 1, 2009 4:14 PM

I enjoyed your presentation at my school (George R. Carter Middle school) I have gone though the same thing with people bulling me that you said people did to you! Can you give me any advice? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

posted by Celina L. S. on May 1, 2009 4:09 PM

Gabe thanks so much for coming to our school (Swartz Creek Middle School) and talking to us!! It helped sooo much! It was just amazing! I love you and Izzy! I hope you keep going around and teaching about bullying.

posted by Samantha on May 1, 2009 3:51 PM

Hi Gabrielle. My name is Caleb. Today you came to swartz creek at my school and gave a wonderful speech. It was an honor to meet you afterwards. As a student in 8th grade, bullying is a big deal. You are an inspiration to me. I would also like to thank you for coming to my school. There are a lot of people who really needed to here that. I also hope that izzy gets better and will always be with you.

posted by Caleb on May 1, 2009 3:46 PM

It must be realy hard for you when you figuard this out.

sean you at swartz creek middle school on 5\1\09

posted by mitch on May 1, 2009 3:45 PM

i just wanted to thank you for what you did today at swartz creek middle school. i believe that it showed most people that bullying is wrong. after the assembly everyone was saying sorry to people they had hurt. i will pray for you and izzy once again thank you.

posted by Ryan on May 1, 2009 3:38 PM

Dear Gabe: You came to my school today, Swartz Creek Middle School, I was the 6th grader that said you were an inspiration i would just like to say thank you for coming and your story really should help not just my school but a lot of school. I'm just really sorry about Izzy's health and to yours. A girl in my neighborhood has the same condition. She's an amazing girl, and I help her when ever I can. Thank you for inspiring my school and all the school's you've been to. You're best and biggest fan : Emily :]

posted by Emily on May 1, 2009 3:37 PM

Hi Gabe. you came to my school today.(Swartz Creek Middle School) and i thought you were great. I'm glad to hear you and Izzy are doing good and i hope that things are great in the future for the both of you. You both are fighters and its amazing to me. I hope Izzy gets better.

posted by Bianca on May 1, 2009 3:33 PM

I really liked what you said about bullying today at swartz creek middle school.
It is rude that people bullyed you, and that other people get bullied.

When i see someone get bullied i usally stand up for them because i know it doesnt feel good to be bullied.

What kind of dancing did you do??
I do dancing too!

posted by Sam on May 1, 2009 3:32 PM

The assembly at SCMS was interesting and really moving. I, personally was fighting back tears towards the end. I hope Izzy makes it, that's sad that that may have been Izzy's last assembly. I will never forget Gabe and Izzy. It's an amazing story. Thank you for sharing the experience with us.

posted by alyssa on May 1, 2009 3:17 PM

You came to our school today, and i just wanted to tell you that your story is so touching. I know i was touched and i bet alot of other people were too. So keep on doin what your doing and i hope you come back to Swartz Creek some other time! I wish nothing but the best for you and izzy. :)

posted by Robert on May 1, 2009 3:17 PM

Hi, you visited our school today (Swartz Creek), I was the one who gave you a hug,and I wanted you to know you touched my heart. Thank you for visiting, I was excited to hear that you were comming. Talking about bullying made me feel better and I was tearing up bad when you were talking about the way you were treated. Best of hope, I'll pray for you and Izzy! Thank you!!

posted by Rachel H. on May 1, 2009 3:15 PM

I was in the crowd at Swartz Creek Middle School. I am in 8th grade and I would just want to let you know that you have made a difference in someone's life. Thanks for coming to our school and tell Izzy that I said hi.

posted by Jared D. on May 1, 2009 3:13 PM

hi!!! you are so increadibley brave and as well as izzy. you came to swartz creek middle school. im hopeing you come next year. because im only in six grade so if you do come ill be there!!!!! you are such a insperation i realy do love you guys even though i have only known you for 1 in a 1/2 hours. ill type back soon!!

posted by macey on May 1, 2009 3:12 PM

Thnaks for coming to our scool you were awesome and i no how u feel I have been bullied to and you have inspired me :) and you are pretty!

posted by Brian on May 1, 2009 3:08 PM

thank you came to my school today and i was impressed with what you had to say and i will never bullyy a kid agian beccasue now i see what you are talking about and i hope i never get bullied agian thank you you really helped.
i love you and izzy

posted by brooke on May 1, 2009 3:04 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy. I thought the assembly you did today was very moving because I have a mental illness. So I know what you felt like when you got picked on every day. I feel that you changed the way I felt about getting picked on. I meen, you delt with it for so long and you didn't let them know how it affected you. I always let it show when I got picked on they would just pick on me even more. So I just think that you are an amazing person and I hope that Izzy gets better soon.

posted by James on May 1, 2009 2:26 PM

Hello, My name is Chelsee. I was deeply touched by your speech today at Swartz Creek middle school. I was a new student this year at Swartz Creek, I came from Lakefenton, and I was blessed to be accepted here, but there are very few people who are accepted at new schools. I am so happy to have met you, and watch you inspire my follow class mates, im so postitive you created a new, and happy inviroment. I would love it for you to come, and visit my church. If you are interested please email! Thanks Again! Hopefully I will see you soon!

posted by chelsee on May 1, 2009 2:26 PM

and we love ya!

posted by megan on May 1, 2009 2:24 PM

Hello my name is Brandon thanks for spreading the word about bullying I have had many challenges in my middle school career and of corse bullying. I now have confidence in my self that I will get help faster and that they will most likely say sorry, thanks again Brandon.

posted by Brandon on May 1, 2009 2:20 PM

you came to my school on may 1st 2009 and would like you to know taht i would love to be your friend! it is not right to single people out because they have a disability! you can e-mail me any time you want

posted by jessica on May 1, 2009 2:16 PM

My name is megan and i thank you for coming to our school about bullying.hope it makes a difference!i hope izzy gets better hes a really good dog to you.and you came to our school and talked about bullying. =] and i gave you a hug and petted izzy!!!!! well thanks annddd contact me at that email byeee!

posted by megan on May 1, 2009 2:15 PM

hey thank you for visting SwartzCreek middle school with your great messages from tim :)

posted by timothy on May 1, 2009 2:08 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy. I just got your e-mail about Izzy. you visited my school in 2008.(Holly Academy) I do hope Izzy gets better and you will always be in my heart forever.

posted by Christina C. on April 27, 2009 7:06 PM

Hi, I have had several chronic illnesses since childhood and understand how hard it is to be different, and how painful it is to have others (especially friends) not understand or care enough to keep the relationship. It's hard not being in the middle of activities, but great that you have found a talent you didn't know you had! I have a cat only right now, but used to have dogs as well. The article in Guidepost will lead to more requests, I'm sure. I will be thinking of you both - who knows, a cure for these disorders may be around the corner - hope so!

posted by Sherri on April 26, 2009 7:06 PM

higabe!
i herd about izzy i will pray for her every night
and tell izzy i said hi.
ps
i hop izzy gets better soon.

posted by faith on April 25, 2009 9:37 PM

hi i sorry about izzy hope shes ok

posted by mercedes on April 25, 2009 9:27 PM

I am with Maine Endwell School and saw you last year . I just wanted to let you know that I have 3 dogs of my own and feal for what you going through I am saying prayers for Izzy every day so that she is in no pain and can have happy days . Please keep us informed on how Izzy is doing our kids would like to know.

posted by Paula Kinne on April 22, 2009 1:45 PM

Hi Gabe and yes you to Izzy. I hope you and your family had a good Easter. We had a Sunrise Service out at the beach. It was great and cold. Still not warm here in Erie. I taped it to make DVD's to send to our troops next Easter. Hope you have a nice summer. Your buddy, Crusty

posted by Bob (Crusty-Old-Seadog) Boyd on April 13, 2009 4:16 PM

I just want to say never give up on God. I read the article in guidepost and I know God can Heal.. God Bless

posted by Laurie Grimes on April 5, 2009 10:35 PM

I met you today in my son's classroom and wanted to check out the status of your book. You mentioned being busy with speaking engagements, The Today Show, etc. but I didn't realize that bullying was the topic of your talks. Awesome! I was bullied until about 8th grade. It stopped with a change in my physical appearance which I always found quite disturbing. I know you are changing lives. Keep up the good work! :)

posted by Susanne Helfrich on April 3, 2009 11:22 PM

Hi Gabe and you to Izzy, I just read your story in Guideposts, thank you for sharing it with us. I write to about 25 kids around the country who are under 10 years old and have a bad sickness. I also send 25 cards each week to kids at the Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital. And I am a big dog lover, so your story really touched me. Crusty-Old-Seadog is a name a Marine in Iraq gave me when I was writing to him, (I'm an OLD Navy Vet). So I use the name when writting to the kids. Keep up the good work. Your good buddy, Crusty

posted by Bob (Crusty-Old-Seadog) Boyd on April 1, 2009 6:39 PM

I read about you and Izzy in Guideposts and was really proud of your
bravery and willingness to change and be open to helping others. I wish you all the best.

posted by Veronica Adams on March 29, 2009 7:12 PM

I have read your story in guidepost it was very moving for me,it brought me to tears. My grandaughter also has (FA), that's why it was so moving to me . She has had a few (friends)say some pretty hurtful things, don't know about others. Wish you could speak at her school. My prayers are with you.

posted by Annie Anderson on March 29, 2009 5:33 PM

hey when did your book come out and what stores is it at?

posted by mercedes on March 28, 2009 9:58 PM

I was diagnosed with Multiple Scerlosis at the age of 27 in January 2005. I read your article in Guideposts. I wonder if your illness is somewhat like mine? I have alot of problems getting around and have alot of pain. I was glad to read you help the schools out with the Anit-Bulling. Our local school has someone come in every year to talk with the kids. You sound as if you could relate more to the kids than some. God bless you and yours.

posted by Jenny on March 27, 2009 5:49 PM

Dear Gabe & Izzy! I just finished reading my Guideposts magazine and saw your story! I was sooo impressed and moved by it! I think what you two are doing is AMAZING! I too was bullied as a kid in school so I can totally relate to what you went thru Gabrielle! Please Give Izzy a BIG HUG & KISS for me! I have 4 dogs & 3 cats so Im an animal lover myself and Im also from Michigan.Grew up in Battle Creek and I now reside in Grand Rapids! GOD BLESS BOTH OF YOU!! Sincerely,Robbie Hartung PS:I'll be saying a prayer for your Mom too Gabe! Best Wishes!! Love,Robbie:):):)

posted by Robert "Robbie"Hartung on March 27, 2009 5:03 AM

Gabe and Izzy,
when you came to our school
alot of kids did not know what to expect. When i heard your story, although it made me cry i realized how harsh bullying can really be. And how it can scare you your whole life. I really appriciate you coming and speaking to my whole school. You have really been an inspiration to not only me but my whole school.
I hope I can see you again.

posted by Annie on March 21, 2009 10:32 AM

Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I have been a victim of being made fun of my whole life. I never felt like I fit in or belonged because I was over weight. You have taught me that even though I might look different I dont deserve to be made fun of. You have inspired me to believe in myself and believe that I can to be just as successful as others. Your speech touched my heart and I thank you for teaching me that I can to belong in this world. You are a inspiration to people all across the world and I thank you also for showing others how much courage you have and how they can succeed in life. Your a great person and you didnt deserve to be made fun of. I will remember you for the rest of my life.
Love, Lenore ( Lemont IL. Old quarry middle school)

posted by Lenore on March 21, 2009 1:05 AM

Dear Gabe,
Your story greatly touched me and my family. Listening to your story makes even strong people shed a tear. I met you Friday, March 20 at Old Quarry for Spring Fling in Lemont, Illinois. I am Alyssa's sister. My sister was the the very SHY girl in the wheelchair. Your story is very personal to me because my sister has ataxia telangiectasia. It is similar to Fredrich's Ataxia. I know that Alyssa can really relate to you in many ways even if she won't admit it. Thank you for personally inspiring my family and teaching about anti-bullying one school at a time. You are truly a STRONG person!
Thank You =), Anna W.

posted by Anna on March 21, 2009 12:50 AM

Gabe and Izzy came to our school today for our Spring Fling 2009. Gabes message was so inspiring that we promise to never bully anybody.Thank you for sharing you life-changing experience with us....because it sure changed ours.

posted by D.J. & Katie on March 21, 2009 12:10 AM

I was helping out with spring fling today and you came to talk. You were really inspiring to me. All of the kids when we had to say which speaker was our favorite, said you, because it ht them deap in the heart. Gods blessings

posted by Rebekah on March 20, 2009 8:18 PM

thank for coming to old quarry on March 20 i hsave been bullied because of people i hang out with and you are my inspiration
thank you for visiting our school.

posted by ewa on March 20, 2009 7:51 PM

Thank you for speaking at my school. You are a very insirational and classy person, who has changed the way I think about others. Your story is one that everyone can relate to. Please keep speaking to others! ☺

posted by Kelly on March 20, 2009 6:09 PM

Thank you so much for coming to speak at my school, I was inspired by you and Izzy. I'm grateful for everything I have and I want to let you know you are my hero ☺

posted by Marissa on March 20, 2009 6:06 PM

thank you,

you taught me soo much.

posted by caitlin on March 20, 2009 5:24 PM

I loved your story when you came to the school. It really touched me. It almost made me cry. I just wanted to let you know i will be praying for you wherever you go okay. bye

posted by Sabrina on March 20, 2009 5:04 PM

Dear gabe and Izzy,
I loved your story and it touched my heart. I feel really sorry for what happened to you in high school and wish i could have done something if i was there. I never bully anyone and promise not to thanks to you. I hope you and Izzy continue to touch other peoples hearts and i hope i can see you two again
From,Lukas

posted by Lukas on March 20, 2009 4:31 PM

Hi Gabe! I really loved you at Old Quarry Middle School! You were such an inspiration and really changed my life! I want to be a vet when I grow up so to see a animal have that affect on such a wonderful person as you, it relly helps me want to reach my goal more and help animals like Izzy. So thank you so much for being an amazing guest at my school. And for once I enjoyed being there! :)
Love,
Kelly
7th Grader

posted by Kelly on March 20, 2009 4:15 PM

Okay, so first of all, I want to thank you for coming to visit Excelsior. Bullying has become a great problem at our school and you've inspired so many people. Since your visit, I've made more of an effort to stick up for those who are bullied. Please keep up the amazing work that you're doing. You voice reaches more people than you may realize. Thank you!

posted by Mallory on March 18, 2009 8:09 PM

Thank you so so so very much for coming to my school(Excelisor)!!!! It really made an impact on me and i believe others as well.... thanks so much again!!!!:)

-Shelby-

posted by Shelby on March 18, 2009 8:04 PM

Thank you so much for coming out to my school (excelsior) and speaking to all of us. It really made an impact on me. I dont personally bully others but I dont always stand up for those I see being bullied. Now i have made more of an effort to stand up for others who are bullied. Thank you once again for taking the time to speak to us.

~*~ MICHELLE

posted by Michelle on March 18, 2009 8:00 PM

i just wanted to say how greatful i am for haveing at our school. it really means alot to all of us here. thank you jolene

posted by jolene on March 18, 2009 7:57 PM

Thank u for coming Gabe and Izzy we all really appreciate it. U taught us something.

posted by Corina on March 18, 2009 7:55 PM

thank you so much for everything. and thank you for coming to talk to us about bullying . it has really helped my school

posted by vanessa on March 18, 2009 7:53 PM

thank you so much for everything. and thank you for coming to talk to us about bullying . it has really helped my school

posted by vanessa on March 18, 2009 7:53 PM

I just wanted to say thank~you for coming to Excelsior and speaking to us about bullying. It was something that really hit home for me. Best of luck and thanks again

posted by Cami on March 18, 2009 7:51 PM

I loved the story of you and izzy, it made me cry because it shows me how good GOD is, and the things he does in our lives, so it was good to read about what you went though, and how you overcame the problems, because you opened my eye's and help me see clearer so from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU.

posted by David Bradley on March 17, 2009 11:43 AM

Hey gabe,
It's me again, Megan. You r so cool! You are my inspertion! You are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo coool!!! am also on ur website to tell the world something. BULLYING IS WRONG DON'T DO IT, IT IS MEAN AND MAKES PEOPLE SAD!!!!! tht is to all the bullies in the world./

Love, Megan

posted by Megan on March 15, 2009 3:30 PM

You were wonderful last week at Excelsior. The girls were the quietest and most attentive that I have ever seen them at an assembly. You connected with them and they really listened to your message. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with our girls.
Joan

posted by Joan Gabrielson on March 9, 2009 6:35 PM

Hello Gabriel ’Gabe’ Ford,
I don't know what you'd like to be called so I just went formal. My name is Alan Kruszka, and I have Friedrich’s Ataxia and so does my sister Katrina. With being so close distance wise from my mother's house I wanted to contact you myself. My mother lives in Addison Township which is approximately 33 mile and Rochester Road. I else wanted to congratulate you on your animal planet and guideposts stories. I hope to one day meet you and the same goes for my sister.

posted by Alan Kruszka on March 9, 2009 6:00 PM

Hi gabe and izzy my name is katarina u had came to our school to talk to us about bullying and i learned alot from it i think you and izzy for coming out to excelsior it really was a gift please write me back when u get a chance. hope you and izzy had a safe flight back home. hope to hear from you soon.

posted by katarina on March 7, 2009 3:55 AM

After reading your article in Guide Post, I pray each day for you and your mother Ronda that GOD will make all your days comfortable.

posted by Bill on March 6, 2009 7:27 PM

Gabe,
Thank you for sharing your story with Excelsior. I know you touched many lives by doing so, the girls talked about you the remainder of the day. I am a teacher here and a wellness instructor. During wellness therapy, we exercise and talk about body image, nutrition, self esteem, bullying, and numerous other topics. I try to instill courage and hope as I work with this population of young ladies. I think you may have placed courage and hope in many of their minds in just one hour and this will hopefully carry them through hardships during their stay at Excelsior and throughout the rest of their lives as well. You are an amazing person and your strength is inspirational.
Thank you again,
Miss Heather

posted by Heather on March 6, 2009 11:20 AM

Hey Gabe! How are you and Izzy doing? I hope everything is going well!
Please reply back.

From,
Kristine

posted by Kristine on March 5, 2009 10:42 PM

My 13 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with FA. I would like to thank you for giving me (as a mother) a positive story to hear. I would love to hear from you. We are just starting our journey with FA, it seems the unknown is the hardest to handle. Keep Holding On, because I believe with all my heart there is hope.

posted by Terri Wright on March 5, 2009 12:04 AM

YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by MEGAN on March 4, 2009 9:13 PM

hi Gabe and Izzy hope you are doing good anyway i hope you had a good time in Arizona you went to Manitas in Tempe i am in 5th grade and thank you for that wonderful message bye

posted by Trey on March 3, 2009 8:59 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy,
I loved you talk at my school. I loved the vidio I thout it was a little sad. your friend,
Ryan

posted by Ryan on March 3, 2009 7:42 PM

Thank you for replying. I hope everything is going well.

From,
Kristine

posted by Kristine on March 3, 2009 7:34 PM

Sorry, I missed your visit to my school. I support the cause compleatly.

posted by Gray on March 3, 2009 4:15 PM

Hi Gabe thanks so much for coming. I really liked your performance. You made a good impact on my life and so many others. i love your dog.

posted by Gabriella on March 3, 2009 4:12 PM

hi! im so sad because i was sic when you came to my school! how is izzy? im tired right now...(im in school) what are you guys doin? soooooooooo hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hih ih hihi hfih hih hiihi la la lal la lla lla allla l lal l allla l l a ho ho hivusjikfhnejb hih hih mhhmth monkey poop!!!!!!!!1

posted by Mara on March 3, 2009 4:10 PM

Hey Gabe,
I learned all about your story, I watched the movie in class.
You came to my school, Manitas Elementry, and when you came, I wasnt't here, I was sick. But I did enjoy your movie. Your dog is so
cute, I really think it's something.

posted by Vanessa on March 3, 2009 4:09 PM

your website is super cool

posted by desmond on March 3, 2009 4:08 PM

Hi. Thank you for coming to our school i really enjoyed your presentation. Izzy was adorable too. Thanks Again. i really enjoyed it!
thx,
Kari
P.S. please reply back. :)

posted by Kari on March 3, 2009 4:08 PM

I loved your presantation i hope you come back next year keep doing what you do your making the world a better place to be bit by bit

posted by jason on March 3, 2009 4:08 PM

Hi Gabe! Thank you for talking about bullying at our school! I really appericiate it! Thanks again! Please reply.

From,
Kristine

posted by Kristine on March 3, 2009 4:06 PM

Dear gabe, There is this boy in my class named and he wont leave me or my friends alone!!! he makes fun of us and everything. any good advice? ~Megan

posted by Megan on March 3, 2009 2:25 PM

Gabe & Izzy..
My name is Anthony Cooper; I am 22 years old (As of February 10). Three days before my 18th birthday I was diagnosed with F.A. When I was told of this disease, I was pretty sure my life was over. I saw one of the top specialists in the nation and he saw two patients (including myself) with F.A. I didn't think I would find anyone else battling this, but it is good to know I am not alone. I appreciate the things you do to keep bullying down to a minimum. I went through bullying also, but by God's grace it was not too severe. Despite my walking like a drunk and being 22 walking with a cane, I must say I turned out pretty well.
My life is in no way over. I graduated the President of my senior class, I have an awesome job, and even though I was told I couldn't do it I live 450 miles away from my family and I am doing great! Also, when I thought no one would want to be with me, I found her! I am marrying the girl of my dreams in May of 2010. So if anyone tells you can't, they are in denial. YOU CAN!

posted by Anthony Cooper on March 2, 2009 11:20 AM

Hi It's Izzy's Grandma!! What a great time in AZ I was so proud of YOU and IZZY. It always touches my heart when I see you speak with Izzy besdie you as you touch many hearts of other as they listen to your heart speak. Give Izzy a kiss and hug from her Grandma

posted by Chris Hooker on March 2, 2009 7:48 AM

I saw you at the IRA conference. I teach kindergarten. Even into adulthood I have been bullied by colleagues. In elementary school when I was allowed to participate in P.E., I was always last. My scars are covered by clothing so no one knows about my past and disease. I understand that some diseases will never go away. I wish to instill in my students that even though others are different from them we each have something to contribute. I am working on master's degree in cross-categorical special education so I can teach in a children's hospital. You are an inspiration and don't ever give up hope.:)

posted by Shelby on February 28, 2009 10:01 PM

how often do the guest book readers that put in comments read these so they can put the comments in?

~Megan

posted by Megan on February 28, 2009 8:33 PM

I just had to write to tell you how much I admire you!
I read about you and your dog in Guideposts and the story literally brought tears to my eyes! Sometimes good things come from not so good circumstances ... and you've certainly taken your illness and turned it into a way to help many people. God bless you and your hound dog! May you both live long and happy lives.
Jane Gilson, Halifax MA

posted by Jane Gilson on February 28, 2009 7:41 PM

Dear Gabe,
Its me again, Megan. There is this boy in my class named Matt and he makes fun of me and teases me, I try my best to ignore it but it is really hard when somebody calls you names and makes fun of you when you stand up for a kid that they are bullying!!!! Please e-mail me back! ~Megan

posted by Megan on February 27, 2009 5:03 PM

hi gabe, you came to my school kyrene de las manitas.my name is isabelle my nickname izzie too. i just want to say hi. ilove you dog izzie. i will talk to you later bye.

posted by isabelle on February 26, 2009 3:22 PM

Hey its Dusttin about 2 months ago some kidd pushed me in the mud but i didnt do anything back but then i told the princible was that a good thing or bad thing. Also again im asking the question did you ever meet the bullies later in life please right back to Dusttinb@aol.com thank you for taking your time to answer this very nice letter i hope you read this to:gabe&izzy from:Dusttin bowerman i live in Chandler AZ bye :) thats a smiley face

posted by Dusttin on February 26, 2009 3:20 PM

hey, i am one of the students Manitas. your assembly was great. im in the 5th grade. thankyou for coming to our school. you realy touched my heart.

posted by kyla on February 26, 2009 3:18 PM

Dear Gabe and Izzy

Thank you for coming to our school. Your visit taught me many things like what bullying would do. During your speeches you even made me have tears. I still wonder how painful mentally and physically when your mother told you what happened and you couldn't dance anymore. Did you know anyone named patricia? Because she was a teacher that told me that she helped people being bullied. My question is do your feet get numb?
Young believer
DEREK

posted by Derek on February 26, 2009 3:14 PM

Hi Gabe! Thanks for coming to Manitas! I loved your presentation, and Izzy's nails were so cute. I wish you could come here again sometime! I think that the next school you go to will definitely love you as much as our school did. You are so lucky to have a pet and best friend like Izzy and she is lucky to have you. Your presentation is definitely something every kid should hear. You rock!

posted by Megan on February 26, 2009 3:12 PM

Thanks for the presentation you gave in Tempe, Arizona at Kyrene De Las Manitas. You taught me to never bully and be friends with everyone. Thank You Very Much.

posted by Rylee on February 26, 2009 3:11 PM

hey. Thank you for coming to our school. I learned soooooo much from you. I know how you feel when you say that people would make fun of you. Just because you have a disability. I get made fun of just because their is something different on me.

posted by matthew on February 26, 2009 3:10 PM

hey gabe i just want to thank you for coming to our school and teaching us about bullying and it really opened my eyes that i need to be nicer to people that are just trying to help me please write back loved your visit and i loved izzy also

posted by azzauriah on February 26, 2009 3:10 PM

Have you ever meet the bullies that bullied you in your later life

posted by Dusttin on February 26, 2009 3:09 PM

hi im mekenzie you came to my school tuesday im the girl in the gray with the piggy tails. I loved the assembly, please write back.

posted by mekenzie on February 26, 2009 2:50 PM

I read your story in guidepost.I just wanted to say you go girl!!!My Granddaughter is being tested for Ataxia Telangiectasia.After what we were told her prognosis would be,your story,though your illness is a differnt strain gives me some hope.
Thank you
Robert Lee

posted by Robert Lee on February 26, 2009 1:40 PM

Hi Gabe - I was so blessed and inspired by your story in Guideposts! Keep up the good work!

posted by Bonnie on February 26, 2009 2:18 AM

hi Gabe,
you came to my school (Manitas in AZ) and thank you for telling us about bollying and i had these girls that always made fun of me and after you came i told my mom and teacher and know they are not bullying me any more. i am wearing a scarf over my head next year because it is in my Religion and i am scared if they are going to make fun of me. E mail me back plz!!!
thank you so much

posted by Messar on February 25, 2009 10:33 PM

gabe i realy liked you coming to our school (manitas elementry school in phonex az)it was fun i cant belive thoes kids did thoes things to you .i have ben bulled by this kid and he alyways wants to bet mu up but i dont want to fight him and like 3 weeks ago he kiked me in my back and i could not breathe and he is a total jerk. he is at my bus stop and he got this other kid to think i am a jerk because he is lying saying that i punched his kindergardener brother write me back :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

posted by nick on February 25, 2009 10:15 PM

I read your story in February 2009 Guideposts. It is truly amazing what God can do in our lives through "man's best friend" - my wife is going through depression and we have a cheeny-weeny (chichuahua dashund mixed) that is so adorable and my wife loves it when I play with her and laugh again.

posted by Sheldon K. Westbrook on February 25, 2009 7:23 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy you guys came to my school yesterday i'm the girl in the gray shirt and shorts. I thought that assembly was very heart touching. please send back.

posted by mekenzie on February 25, 2009 2:51 PM

Hi,gabe and izzy so is it fun going to school to school please with back!!! I love our dog!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by MCKENZI on February 25, 2009 9:05 AM

My name is Sunny at Manitas Elementary (3rd grade) and I listened to you today. Thank you for teaching us valuable lessons. I love Izzy.She is cute.

posted by Sunny on February 24, 2009 10:50 PM

dear gabe, you are the most prettiest, smart,awsome woman! you are my insperation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love, Megan

posted by Megan on February 24, 2009 9:00 PM

hey i know what it is like i live that every day. i really loved your speech it help me and the bullies. i really love how you came to my school manitas you are my new insprater

love olivia 5th grader

posted by olivia on February 24, 2009 7:48 PM

hi gabe and izzy i hope your doing well i dont think you deseved to be made fun of your beautiful nice and unforgettable :)if you could write me back on my e-mail thanks for coming to my school i ♥ the asembley you put on for us it touched my heaart (♥)

thanks alot alexandra aka (loui♥)

posted by alexandra on February 24, 2009 7:23 PM

Hey! My name is Brady. Thank you so much for coming to Manitas today. I had a lot of fun. You don't deserve to be treated the way you were treated. Tell Izzy that I said hi.

posted by Brady on February 24, 2009 6:41 PM

i am so sorry that happend to you. i am glad u got izzy. i can't belive how izzy made a diferance in ur life. i know people ask wuestions about izzy and ur disability that u can tell me things about before u had a disability?

posted by sophia on February 24, 2009 6:36 PM

i really liked your presentation today. how many schools and states have you been to?

Please Reply.

posted by kari on February 24, 2009 6:27 PM

Thanks for coming to our school!I was dissapointed when 2 people were teasing someone right after the assembly ended.Please write back!

posted by Katie on February 24, 2009 6:26 PM

My class tommorow is going to write letters to u. Cause u rock. I think i haven't change on what u said yet. But this boy i hate i would call names i helped him through a rough spot from what (you) said Thx! By the way this is from Paige.Dunham from the Manitas school i had promised i would go to your websit5e. I had the brown shortish hair with a red shirt. I really hope u and gabe get further in life. I think gabe was like your angel. I hope it a she, Izzy had made u go out and explore, you really encouraged me. I really hope Izzy and you make farther in your relashinship i think thats spelt wrong. Oh! and i was tring to say when i raised my hand earlier but i wasn't called on, we're you amazed when Izzy got a simular disease as yours?

posted by Paige on February 24, 2009 6:07 PM

hi i like your dog and you came to my school in phoenix

posted by marcus on February 24, 2009 5:34 PM

Hey gabe it is Paige from the manitas school. I always had a problem with bipolar. But everyone makes fun of me behind m back. Even after u and Izzy left i caught some name calling. I got really upset, i told them to stop and they laughed at me. What should i do to stop them all?!

posted by paige on February 24, 2009 5:26 PM

dear gabe, i have a cousian with anger mangment promlbes.she always bulleys me. please right me back and tell me how it would be if you had a cousian like that.

posted by kaila on February 24, 2009 5:25 PM

Thank you for sharing your story with us at the International Reading Association Conference. You showed a great deal of courage and I wish you the very best. Thank you for planting positive seeds and touching so many lives. The work you do is most important!

posted by Carol on February 24, 2009 9:48 AM

Wow...out of the mouths of babes. What you said today reaches into everyones heart and touches us allby making us better human beings. Your voice is powerful. I have taught kids like you for over 27 years...those with patience and gifts of tolerance and yet relentlessly picked on by those who have little care, understanding, or compassion for others (no doubt many covering their own pain as well). My lessons to the students carry no power in contrast to yours. Thank you Gabe for all that you are doing for the kids who have been victims. You touch hearts...those wings are perfect...and waiting! Just tonight a story aired on the national news about a boy who lost his leg to cancer and became withdrawn and isolated himself from others until he met a horse with a prosthesis suffering the same fate who inspired this little nine year old to go out and conquer the world. God's best gift besides people like you watching out for others is our animals. Best wishes to you, Izzy...you are a blessed creature as well. Thanks to both you for changing our lives.

posted by Karen Hunter on February 23, 2009 10:34 PM

I have been the proud owner and lover of Black and Tans for almsot 12 years. All were resuces, some as puppies others as young adults. They are indeed the most wonderful breed;as you said, strength, beauty and courage! I am also actively involved with a national rescue group for these wonderful dogs. Our website is www.coonhoundrescue.com. May God continue to bless you and Izzy!

posted by Norma Belford on February 23, 2009 7:12 PM

Good luck next week at the International Reader's Association in Phoenix!

posted by Robin on February 19, 2009 6:35 PM

Hello Gabe, My Wife Becky made a donation to help with Izzy`s Vet bill some time back and I have wanted to share some information with you since we both have Ataxia. Not long ago I made an appointment with a Chiropractor who practices Kinesiolgy. I have improved greatly from it. My condtion started about 18 yrs. ago, I am 50 yrs. old now.
Sincerely, Mike Long

posted by Michael R Long on February 18, 2009 4:17 PM

Hi- Just wanted to say hello. I know you talk to many people & might not remember me. I live in Smiths Station Al.. My husband has Ataxia also & you called to thank me for the donation for Izzys vet bill/ we talked for awhile & I talked to your Mom too!(what a amazing lady!). I think of yall often & Im so proud of you Gabe! Fondly, Becky Long

posted by Becky Long on February 17, 2009 7:51 PM

I read your article in Guideposts and saw that you have FA like me. I am 25 years old and live in the Bahamas. Feel free to write.

posted by Priscilla on February 17, 2009 3:29 PM

Do you know Amber Wedell from high school?

posted by Mary Ostyn on February 16, 2009 5:29 PM

Gabe, I meet you at Ricky Slaon's funeral. It was my pleasure to have meet you. You are a wonderful inspiration to all. I will get a hold of Millington School and try to get you out there as a speaker.
Again so glad to have meet you. Margie Grignani.

posted by Margie Grignani on February 16, 2009 12:44 PM

I just read your story in Guideposts and it touched me deeply. Kids made fun of me when I was small also. Even though I grew up I never got over it. I just want you to know how much I admire your courage. Thank you so much for doing what you do and spreading the word. By the way, I also think you are incredably beautiful.

posted by Don on February 15, 2009 1:03 AM

Hi Gab Just checking out your site again.It's been along time.Love ya Uncle Steve

posted by Uncle Steve on February 14, 2009 8:50 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy..I can relate to your story..My family moved I and my sister into a different schools around the country each year when we were young..I and my sister were always the new kids and the ones to be targeted for the bulling..I never could make any friends cause no one wanted to hang around with the kid being bullied..My best friend and companion was my dog..I had thought of suicide many times..If it wasnt for the love and friendship of my dog I wouldnt be here today..

posted by Darren on February 13, 2009 8:10 PM

GABRIELLE, I READ YOUR INTERVIEW IN GUIDEPOSTS MAGAZINE. I TRULY ADMIRE YOU AND YOUR COURAGE. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO EXPRESS "THANK YOU" FOR YOUR WORK WITH THE BULLYING PROBLEM THAT IS IN OUR SCHOOLS. I AM ALSO VERY MUCH AGAINST BULLYING AS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IT ALSO. IT IS HARD TO CHANGE THE MINDSETS, BUT IF WE CAN PREVENT ONE HURTFUL ACT, IT IS TRULY WORTH IT..THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. BLESSINGS TO YOU AND IZZY.

posted by JAN LISINSKI on February 12, 2009 8:22 PM

Gabe, Thank you for all you do. You are inspiration to those around you. My son Jesse is 18 yrs. old, he has FA also. He too was bullied when he was in elementary school and middle school.I remember the heartache he suffered and how he just wanted to be like everyone else.His struggles have made him stronger and more understanding just as I see in you from your willgness to speak out about bullying. Thanks again for your desire to take a stand for those who need to hear that they too can overcome abuse from bullying. God bless.

posted by Pam Woodward on February 12, 2009 11:21 AM

Your article in Guideposts was very inspiring. I don't know if you realize what a beautiful person you are, on the outside and on the inside. And Izzy is wonderful. Give her a big hug for me. If you are on facebook, please add me to your friend list.

posted by Debra Wruble on February 11, 2009 7:39 PM

Hi Gabe
I just wanted to say i read your Guidepost article and it was Fab. I never been to public school or been teased for that matter but i have known people who have been. I want to thank you for steping up even when it hurts. I know and pray that God will continue to bless your Family and you ( and Izzy)! Continue to look ahead to better things to come. Your Sister in Christ Steph
P.S. I want you to know that I am 16 yrs. old and still find myself learning new ways to learn things everyday. LOL GOD BLESS

posted by Stephanie C on February 11, 2009 4:35 PM

My mom gave me the Guide post article to read and it really touch me.
I to have black and tan coon hounds and their my best friends to. I think it's a great thing what you are doing and I think you are extremly brave for doing it. Keep up the good work.

Ben Williams

posted by Ben Williams on February 8, 2009 8:18 PM

Gabe, I wanted to you know what a wonderful outreach you are giving to everyone. Keep up the great work. Your article in Guideposts was very uplifting. You are such a beautiful girl (inside and out) Hugs to both you and Izzy!!!

posted by Michelle Stenslie on February 8, 2009 1:18 PM

Hi Gabe & Dizzy,
I read with awe your story in Guidepost. How ironic, we have a grandson Gabriel (Gabe) with a diagnosis of fatty acid oxidation disorder and a mitocondrial disease. It will effect him so he can be bullied by his peers. He loses muscle energy and is not be able to walk. He is only 3 now but has started school for the disabled. Our daughter is already worried about bullying. She works with people with physical and mental disabilities in the state of Ohio and has been confronted by people who don't understand. When she is finished, they do understand.

Thank you for taking a stand and educating the youth. You have a great ministry. I will mention your work to the local schools and maybe we can cover the 3 schools in a day. Is that possible?

I pray for your mother's recovery from breast canceer.

Thank You and May God Bless.
Dick & Nyla Johnson

posted by Richard D. Johnson on February 6, 2009 6:54 PM

I read your story in the guidepost magazine and it is so touching. I don't understand why people have to bully or treat people bad if you don't like somone stay away from them. I pray GOD keeps blessing you and your dog. I would love to hear from you if you have the time to write.

posted by Connie Myers on February 6, 2009 3:19 PM

Gabe,
I really enjoyed your article in Guideposts. You and Izzy are a real inspiration.
God bless,
Linda Newell

posted by Linda Newell on February 5, 2009 7:02 PM

Read your story in Guidepost. I know how it is growing up being different from the other kids. I have scleroderma morphia and was made fun of all during my school years. I don't think I would have made it if it weren't for my cats I have had thru out my last fifty years (Sugar, Spice, Pepper, Fuzzy, Waldo, Caspurr, Carrie, and Hermione). And then on top of that my father was the Principle of my Jr. and Sr. high schools.

I have been at my job in Mental Heath for almost 30 years and I'm sure the bad times I had during school has helped me do well in my job. It is wonderful that your dog has helped you turn your bad experiences into something good and helpful to the kids who go to your talks. Love your Izzy well and when it's time for her to go to doggy heaven, remember God will send you another 'Angel' for you to love.

posted by Sally on February 5, 2009 1:32 PM

Thursday February 5, 2009
Hello Gabrielle and Dizzy, I just read the most courageous wonderful story in Guidepost February 2009. I live in South Carolina. Please tell your mother Rhonda to hang in there. I say that because I'm a ten year breast cancer survivor. I'll be 62 years old in April.
God bless you and Izzy.


posted by Brenda Roland Hardy on February 5, 2009 1:09 PM

HI GABE.I THINK YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY. I HAD A SIMULAR PROBLEM WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. I WAS BORN WITH ONE ARM AND ONE LEG DUE TO A DRUG MY MOTHER TOOK WHILE SHE WAS PREGANT WITH ME. NOT ONLY KIDS, BUT ADULTS WOULD TAKE ONE LOOK AT ME AND SAY YOU CAN'T DO THAT. SO I RETREATED INTO A SHELL AND WOULDN'T GO OUT IN PUBLIC ANY MORE THAN I HAD TO.THEN ONE DAY WHEN I WAS 40, GOD SPOKE TO ME. HE SENT ME A BEAUTIFUL WIFE WHO HELPED ME GET OVER MY SHYNESS PROBLEM. AND NOW I AM A LAY SPEAKER FOR OUR CHURCH AND I USE MY HANDICAP TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT I CAN DO EVERYTHING A NORMAL PERSON CAN DO WITH GODS HELP. I DO IT ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD. MY LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
DAVE FROM DERRY

posted by DAVE on February 2, 2009 1:31 AM

Hello Gabe, I read your story in Guideposts Feb, 2009 issue. I have a good friend from high school, Mark, who also has ataxia. I call him from time to time to check on him. I know he gets out some to play pool and is part of a support group in Lebanon. I also know he appreciates people keeping in contact with him. He has shared with me that he has to deal with lonliness, as he is confined mostly to a wheel chair now. He should have just turned 50, but we still talk and laugh about our high school days, just bigger kids now. I would like to give him information to your site here, in hopes that you might have some time to talk with him. I am sure it would be special for him to connect with someone who has a similar situation. He is one of my best friends. Thank you for your time and consideration. May God bless you and your family in a special way. Respectfully, Steve.

posted by Steve Libra on February 1, 2009 6:50 PM

Bravo - I just read your story in Guidepost/February, 2009. Amazing-wonderful story of how God works within us. Gabe-keep speaking out for you and for Izzy.

posted by Claudia Carter on February 1, 2009 5:30 PM

Hi Gabe, I'm very happy for the way things have worked out for you and I'm proud of all your accomplishments. I love animals and your dog Izzy is GREAT! Keep up the important work you are doing! The world will be a better place with courageous people like you! God Bless!

posted by Barry Zecca on January 31, 2009 7:45 PM

I read your story in guidepost and was very moved, I prayed the best for you and lizzy, and your mother. you are a very strong young lady...

posted by Kent Myers on January 30, 2009 3:06 PM

Hi, Gabe . . . In all the years I've read GUIDEPOSTS I had never felt led to respond to any of the authors. But I was so touched by your situation, I just had to write you. You have been through so very much. You and your mother will be in my prayers in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Meantime,may you experience God's Peace, God's Presence, God's Love daily. in His love, Anne

posted by Anne Lewis on January 30, 2009 11:34 AM

Hi Gabe. My son is in 2nd grade. He came home from school one day and told me he wanted to tell me about a girl who came to his school. He proceeded to tell me your story. He started crying and ask me why anyone would ever be mean and treat someone as you were treated in school. We had a long talk about it, with lots of tears from both of us. I want to Thank you for the work you are doing, and just let you know what an impact you are making in the lives of these children. I just saw your article in Guidepost. I can't wait to show Austin the article when he gets up in the morning!! Thank You Gabe!

posted by Teresa Wolf on January 29, 2009 10:07 PM

My college roommate in the 70's had the same rare disease as you. She was just as beautiful as you, only she had dark brown long hair. She went on to graduate from Clemson University and even earned a Master's Degree and was married. She represented the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Homecoming! That fabulous group of young men escorted her to and from all of her classes---she was treated like a princess. Her life was limited to nearly 50 years on this earth, but her influence in my life and the lives of many others will last forever. I know that she is smiling down on you and the wonderful work that you are doing! Keep up the good work!

posted by Mae Everitt on January 28, 2009 10:28 PM

Thank you for your wonderful article - what an inspiration you are to others. You have used your pain to help others. You are absolutely gorgeous on the outside and as well as the inside. Please give Izzy a big kiss from me! Animals are truly earth angels!

posted by Stacy in Wisconsin on January 27, 2009 2:22 PM

I liked your site.

posted by Pat Williams on January 27, 2009 6:00 AM

Your story in Guidepost brought me to tears. God put you and Izzy together for an reason. To make the world a better place to live in.

posted by Allen Rutherford on January 26, 2009 8:58 PM

Hi-- I just read your story in Guideposts. Loved it! People like you are my heroes. Keep up the good work! Jesse

posted by Jesse on January 26, 2009 1:21 AM

Hi There ! you have a very nice site and Hope all is going well with you. :) you are an amazing woman Gabe and I love Izzy as well !

God Bless,
Amy in Florida

posted by Amy on January 24, 2009 9:46 PM

Gabe, I just read your article in Guideposts. What a beautiful and inspiring young woman you are! This world is a better place with you in it. You and Izzy are certainly a Godsend to many people who need encouragement. God bless you! Sooz

posted by Susie Yentes on January 24, 2009 9:14 PM

Hi Gabe,
I just finished reading your story in Guidepost. Thank you! Kids, and even adults, today can be so insensitive to those with disabilities or who are different in some way. I work with those with disabilities at an independent living center. If others could only realize that things could change for them at a moments notice. Thanks for what you're doing. God bless, Pam

posted by Pam Spohn on January 24, 2009 9:34 AM

My aunt passed me along your website saying that she thought I may find it interesting. My son, Kody, is 12 years old and was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia when he was 7 years old in 2003. If you would like to check him out he is on our family website www.champagnesurge.org

posted by Lisa Champagne on January 24, 2009 2:39 AM

dear gabe and izzy,
I aske you what kind of dog you had and why you chose it plsea reply
sceerly michel

posted by michael on January 23, 2009 6:37 PM

I received Guideposts recently and found out about you - wonderful what you are doing with Izzy. I completely understand how dogs can refocus my energies. I think there is also a message that God delivered Izzy to you. God Bless You - both of you reached out to my heart.
Mary Riley

posted by Mary Riley on January 23, 2009 8:29 AM

Hello Gabey Baby!
I am finally online now and can keep up with your endeavors on your beautiful website. Who would have thought my best buddy would be so famous. I am pre-ordering my book but you know I need an autograph on my special copy. We had a great time at Disney and I am super excited to go to Arizona. Bumping up the frequent flyer miles this year. Afterall its not every day you meet a published author. What an accomplishment, it is an honor to be your friend.

Love you always!
Amanda

posted by Amanda Moore on January 21, 2009 11:50 PM

Hi Gabe!

I think your message is so uplifting. It takes such a strong person to turn a negative experience into a positive one. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors!

posted by Jessica Merivirta on January 19, 2009 9:24 PM

Hi gabe your suroooooooo awsome!!!
Luv, Megan

posted by Megan on January 18, 2009 11:11 AM

Hi gabe, Its Megan again, I almost forgot to tell you, Me and my two friends Kiri and Natalie are gonna ask my principal if we can have an ANTI BULLYING club after school hours or during school hours at some point! I hope you had an awsome 2008!
:D _Megan

posted by Megan on January 16, 2009 8:47 AM

Hi gabe, Things are getting a little better at my new school. People are not being all that mean anymore. I hope you had a great Christmas, and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

posted by Megan on January 16, 2009 8:42 AM

Hi Gabe and izzy thank you for coming to our school ,I liked the bullying lesson you tought my school. I hope you and izzy get better. I also hope there are no bullys at my school. GOD BLESS YOU for everything you and Izzy have been through.
Your friend, Mackenzie K. "im 10 years old and in 5th grade at Shive Elementary school"

posted by Mackenzie K. from Shive Elementary school on January 13, 2009 4:22 PM

how did you get your disease

carson

posted by carson on January 12, 2009 9:16 PM

Thanks for coming to Ethan H. Shive Elementary School! We loved hearing your story and getting to meet you, your family, and of course, Izzy! You are a blessing and an inspiration to us all! God has blessed you with so much to give and we appreciate you sharing with us! God bless you! Mary Beth

posted by Mary Beth Corbett on January 12, 2009 12:45 PM

I want to thank you so much for coming to Shive Elementary this past weekend. I know that all the kids enjoyed hearing your message and seeing you and Izzy. I know that you have definately make the kids think twice before bullying other students. I am going to send you a CD of the pictures that I took Saturday. Hope that you got back home safely and you get rested up from your adventure here in North Carolina.

posted by Karen Cawley on January 12, 2009 12:36 PM

hey i loved meeting you at shive and i love you and izzy but i have one question how long have you had the dissability.

posted by Carson on January 11, 2009 6:10 PM

Hi Gabe and Izzy I just want to say God Bless you and your family.Also you taught me so much about you and bullying and not to do it.Your family is so great and there always with you.I love you alot.Your great and a blessing.Luv Ya!

posted by Kolby on January 11, 2009 3:56 PM

You are sooooooo special!! Enjoyed your visit to Shive Elem. I am an assistant there. You were GREAT!! Keep up the good work, Sweetie!!

posted by Debbie Warren on January 11, 2009 12:04 AM

Hey Gabe I just want to tell you that I have been praying for you and your family.You were just at my school for two days Shive Elementary.I was the one that was talking to you alot and hugging you. I hope you will find a cure for your deisise. I love you very much you've taught me so much about bullying and not to do it.I love you.God Bless You.Love Kolby.

posted by Kolby on January 10, 2009 7:09 PM

Dear Gabe+Izzy,
U came to my school(Shive Elem.).Thanks alot I really liked it.If U go to www.horseprotection.org + click on perminant residents U can c a horse called Rosebud who is disabled.I volenteer there alot.Thanks again,Erin.

posted by Erin on January 10, 2009 6:45 PM

I WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND FOREVER. THANKS FOR COMING TO MY SCHOOL, SHIVE ELEMENTARY IN N.C. I ENJOY MEETING YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR PETS.

posted by TYLER on January 10, 2009 2:53 PM

I hope you had a good trip back to Michigan and I wanted you to know that you changed my life. I think that it is really brave what you do for other people by sharing your experiences with bullying. I am sorry you had to go through that. I hope to be a veterinarian one day....maybe I can one day come up with a cure for Izzy's condition. Well, thanks again.... you're an inspiration!
Love lots,
Chloe from Shive Elementary!

posted by Chloe on January 10, 2009 2:31 PM

THANKS FOR BRINGING JACK,BEN,IZZY,& FESTUS TO SHIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 10TH. I ENJOYED LISTENING TO YOUR SPEECH ALONG WITH BEING A PART OF THE PUPPET SHOW. I CAN TELL YOU HAVE TOUCHED MANY LIVES AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY BOOK THAT YOU WROTE. I REALLY LIKED THE NICKNAME FOR JACK.

posted by JARED on January 10, 2009 2:10 PM

Miss Gabe,
Hi my names Lillian. I go to Shive Ele. I'm in the 2nd gr. I just wanted to write you and say Thanks for coming to my school. We enjoyed having you and Izzy. I learned a lot. I am the one who walked up to you and said you are beautiful just the way you are. I just wanted to let you know you are a wonderful person. Thanks again for showing up.
Hugs Lillian
P.S. I will always be your friend.

posted by Lillian on January 10, 2009 9:55 AM

I seen you at my school, Shive Elem. Your story was very inspiring. I enjoyed listening to you and seeing you and your dog Izzy. My mom is going to buy your book when it comes out. Good luck to you and Izzy in the future. Keep helping other kids by telling your story. Thank you for coming to my school.

posted by Christopher on January 10, 2009 9:47 AM

Hey Gabe! You were at our school today in North Carolina and I really liked what you said to us about not bullying. You and Izzy were really an inspiration to us! You should be able to speak in all the schools everywhere!

posted by Brady on January 9, 2009 10:33 PM

wear was izzy and ben born ps you rock

posted by bryson on January 9, 2009 8:13 PM

Thank you for coming to my school. I like your dog and her name...Izzy. You are a beautiful person. Thank for your message. I would like to meet you and Izzy in person someday.

posted by Ava on January 9, 2009 8:10 PM

dear
GAB AND IZZY
how are you and izzy i was heart broken when i heard a bout yours and izzys diseases scincerley
michael

posted by michael on January 9, 2009 7:24 PM

Thank you for coming to Shive Elem. school.

posted by lacey on January 9, 2009 7:09 PM

hey gabe thankyou for coming to ShiveElementaryschool.Im sorry people
were bullying you and making fun of you.
ps, Im looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
love,peyton pps,tell izzy she,s so cute.ppps tell Ben I said he,s cute.

posted by peyton on January 9, 2009 6:54 PM

We are students at Shive Elementary in Rockwell, NC. It was nice to meet you and Izzy. One of us has been bullied and knows how it feels. We are Christians and always try to do the right thing. Love lots and lots! Denise & Hannah

posted by Denise & Hannah on January 9, 2009 6:32 PM

wear did bin and izzy grow up ps you rock

posted by bryson on January 9, 2009 5:11 PM

wear was izzy and ben born ps you rock

posted by carson on January 9, 2009 4:59 PM

Hi Gabe hi Izzy! I love you! I am a student from Shive Elem. in Rockwell NC. Will you send me e-mails please? Will you be one of my friends? You guys ROCK!!!!!!! I love you both!!! My friend Amber said that it would be hard to hug you with out crying,but she was strong.
Your speech was really good. The last part of the program where you and Izzy were angels made me want to cry. I LOVE YOU!!!!!.

posted by Makayla on January 9, 2009 4:34 PM

You ae such an inspration to me e-mail me and Ill replie. Thank you 4 coming to Shive Elem.

posted by Brittany on January 9, 2009 4:00 PM

Thank you for coming to our school. We promise to never be a bully. If we see someone being mean, we will tell them to stop. We love you and Izzy!!!!

posted by Mrs. Darnell's First Grade class- Shive Elementary on January 9, 2009 2:03 PM

Dear Gabe,
Thank you for coming to our school. It was very nice meeting you and Izzy. We will always remember what you taught us about bullying and will try to be "Bully Busters"! Thanks again! Love, Mrs. Basinger's 2nd Grade at Shive Elementary School

posted by Mrs. Basinger's 2nd Grade on January 9, 2009 12:57 PM

We loved hearing you tell us about your story of bullying. We also loved hearing about how you were able to bring something good out of something not so good. You are a wonderful person with a powerful message. God bless you and Izzy and may you always have each other.

posted by Shannon Wilson's Kindergarten Class on January 9, 2009 10:40 AM

Hey gabe its me nicole you came to my school and really made a difference.and i really wanted to thank you for that. so how is izzy doin??? welp i just wanted to thank you so so so so so so much. love lots ~nicole~ :-)

posted by Nicole on January 4, 2009 2:11 AM

I am the kind of person who will stay up for hours and read, so now that I know that you have a book coming out I am in 24/7 hiper reading mode. I hope that youi and Izzy are ok and having a great break. So good luck, have fun, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

posted by Madison on January 2, 2009 9:36 PM