Giggles For Gabby: Fundraiser to Help Girl With Rare Condition

Family members, friends and the community came together to celebrate a little girl's birthday. She was recently diagnosed with a rare condition.

The event, called "Giggles for Gabby", was a fundraiser and a time for everyone to celebrate Gabby Gouldsmith's 8th birthday.

Gabby was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia back in June. The condition is called "NPH", which is a rare genetic mutation. She's been through a tremendous amount of treatments and tests, but her family says she's remained strong and continued to smile.

"No body at that point thought there was anything to be worried about, less than 24 hours later we got a call that we needed to be at the children's hospital in Oakland immediately," says Buddy Gouldsmith, Gabby's father.

Gabby's parents first noticed some discoloring and unexplained bruising on her back, so they took her to the doctor.

It took three weeks to diagnose Gabby's condition, Aplastic Anemia. Her father says the condition is extremely rare.

"Initially they thought it was Leukemia, which is a little bit more common. Gabby actually has something that only one in five million children have," says Buddy.

Less than a month later, the family learned that Gabby's older brother Garrett was a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant.

"They told me it was my decision, if I wanted to do this. But there was no question-I wanted to do this," says Garrett Gouldsmith.

On July 15th, Garrett donated bone marrow to Gabby.

"It's your biggest fear as a parent, obviously your child's life is danger. It was scary, it's honestly scary," says Buddy.

Buddy says after the transplant everything has gone according to plan.

Gabby isn't supposed to be around a lot of people, she's also not allowed to go to school this year because her immune system is extremely weak. But, that doesn't mean she can't celebrate her 8th birthday.

Her birthday celebration, "Giggles for Gabby", was a fundraiser to help the family, and teach people more about Gabby's condition. The family put together a 50/50 raffle. Half of the money raised went straight back to Gabby for her birthday.

Gabby's family says she wanted to have her birthday party at Roller Kingdom, because she celebrated her 7th birthday party there last year.

About an hour after her party started, the birthday princess came through the back door, and skated with her family to her favorite song.

"We're blessed with all the people in the community who have reached out to us," says Buddy.

"I'm certainly trying to be more nicer to her now that she has this, but other than that everything is going well," says her brother Garrett.

From the word's of Gabby's favorite song, "you just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine."

Gabby's dad says she did know about the birthday party, but says she had no idea how many people would be there.


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