Gabby was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) in February 2013. At her diagnosis, her tumour was the size of her entire left chest wall and had deflated her lung. She spent a year undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and major surgery to remove quarter of her lung and three ribs, which resulted in scoliosis. Gabby accumulated around 800 beads of courage from all her treatments.
During this time, Gabby had numerous months at Starship and New Plymouth hospital. She quickly realised how boring hospital can be and how a simple Random Act of Kindness could brighten someone's day. And so her idea for Starlit HOPE began in early 2014 to provide random acts of kindness to oncology kids, their parents and sometimes the staff too.
Sadly Gabby gained her angel wings on the 15th May 2015, having performed over 1000 Random Acts of Kindness. This number continues to grow as the legacy of what Gabby started continues today.