What's Up Wednesday -- Gabe

#WhatsUpWednesday is our chance to hear from the teens and young adults who are involved with the Speak Now for Kids community. This week’s post will focus on 13-year-old Gabe.

You may remember Gabe from his participation in this year’s Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Gabe, who had his first surgery when he was 9 days old, continues to travel to his medical home, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, several times a year for regular checkups, procedures and for any emergent health issues. 

So Gabe… what’s up?

What my children’s hospital means to me My hospital means my life, I would not be here without Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

What I want the world to know about my condition I received nearly 50 medical procedures, including two open-heart surgeries, to treat double outlet right ventricle and hypoplastic left ventricle — congenital heart defects. My condition is very serious and affects 1 in 10,000 kids. 

What makes me unique Despite my medical challenges, I still see the good in the world. 

What have I overcome Multiple surgeries and hospital stays. 

My favorite moment from the 2018 Family Advocacy Day Going to the Capitol Building’s balcony with Speaker Paul Ryan after our meeting. I enjoyed learning about the history that has taken place there. 

How do I plan to give back to the world I want to advocate for issues that are important in our country — like children’s health care. 

What do I want to be when I grow up An activist.

My favorite subject in school Is history because I get to learn about the world as it once was and try to learn from the mistakes of the past.

What I’m excited about the most for the upcoming school year Being able to take high school math classes as an 8th grader. 


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