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Like most 12 year old boys, Gabe Patnoi from Demarest, NJ loves hanging out with his friends playing sports and video games. He plays flag football, basketball, soccer and lacrosse. He knows just about every statistic about the many athletes we all know, and a lot we never heard of before. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Saints Bucks, and Knicks. Gabe enjoys spending time with his family also. We are always impressed by his wealth of knowledge when it comes to sports.
Like many of the boys in town, Gabe craves sports competition. Whether it is on the field, the court, or playing Fort Nite on the couch he is always ready to play. He has this special energy about him. Its almost like a lightning bolt from within ignites him and everyone in his presence.
Aside from sports, Gabe enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending as much time as possible with his friends.
Unfortunately, sometimes when we least expect it life takes us in a different direction. In November 2018, only days before Thanksgiving, and just before his 12th Birthday, a visit to the doctor resulted in life changing news for Gabe, his family, and friends.
At 12 years old, Gabe Patnoi was diagnosed with cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma in the heel of his right foot. Ewing Sarcoma is a very rare type of cancer that grows in the bones or the soft tissue around the bones affecting only 200 children a year in the U.S. Treatment includes multi drug chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The good news for Gabe is that the cancer has not spread and is not in the bone marrow. But, if not treated immediately consequences could be/ would be devastating.
Gabe’s love for his family and friends goes above and beyond any words written by any great poet or acclaimed author. If you were to follow him on social media you would see him with his arms around his buddies, smiling with beautiful eyes that could light up the darkest of skies. Gabe is incredibly lucky to have a close group of friends that he has known since preschool that have been a tremendous support for him during this incredibly difficult time. It’s looking forward to spending time with them that gets him through each treatment cycle. Gabe is a good student who always strives to achieve in all areas, and is struggling with the inability to attend school with his friends while he undergoes months of treatment.
Jordyn, his 9-year old sister, is one of the most important people in his life. He has been by her side since the day she was born. Nana Laurie and Papa Mike are loving and devoted grandparents who live each day for their children and grandchildren. Now, they spend most days here in Demarest helping to care for Jordyn during our hospital stays. There is still a long road ahead but we are lucky enough to have such a strong support system to help us get there. 🙏🏻
“It is how we face obstacles that defines who we are”. #NeverGabeUp