Gabe was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in June 2021, after discovering a lump on his neck. At the time, the lump was not much bigger than the size of a walnut, but over time, the tumor grew. He has been through three different therapies with little to no improvement. The current treatment of weekly infusions of two chemotherapies, makes it difficult to continue to play the sport he loves. For as long as he can remember, Gabe has spent all of his free time in the gym playing basketball or watching his brother play basketball. He looked forward to the possibility of playing basketball at the college level after graduating high school. Now, the teen isn’t able to play as often and doesn’t have the same stamina or strength that he used to. Gabe recently stopped his latest treatment due to no change in his last MRI. He will now start his fourth option of oral chemo and cryoablation.
“I am a player, captain and continue to enjoy basketball. I am hopeful that one day, through continued awareness and research, a cure for desmoid tumors becomes available.”