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  • Oh it could be like a soap holder.

  • Well, I grew up at the hospital.

  • So I was very curious like when the nurse was like taking my blood

  • and I was like why are you taking my blood?

  • What test are you doing?

  • What are you looking for?

  • How does it work? How does the test work?

  • I thought that was really cool.

  • So then I started asking questions and that’s kind of how my interest started.

  • My name is Gabby Salinas, well, Gabriela Salinas.

  • I currently work at the hospital on the malaria project

  • and our efforts are towards discovering new treatments.

  • Malaria is the number one, single killer in the world of pediatrics.

  • Ah yeah she was showing me her schedule.

  • And all these classes are like all these hard classes,

  • and then she had to go to work, and then lab.

  • The day she ate breakfast she didn’t eat lunch.

  • The day she ate lunch she didn’t eat breakfast.

  • This is a crazy woman.

  • I’m originally from Bolivia and I have a twin brother

  • and we were always getting into trouble.

  • They were terrible. Terrible.

  • She dared me to jump out of the roof. I, you know, I got stitches.

  • I got kicked out of kindergarten.

  • I think Gabriela, she gives the orders and Alejandro do the work.

  • When I was seven, we were always getting scrapes and you know, cuts and just bumps and bruises.

  • My dad was an air force so we were riding our bikes on the plane’s lane.

  • It was riding on skates and we had a rope tied from the bike and he was pulling me.

  • My dad had told us not to do that, of course we had to do it,

  • and she fell and she cut her knee up.

  • This fall felt different

  • and I started having pain in my leg and it got progressively worse.

  • My mobility got worse. I lost my ability to walk.

  • In Bolivia, we don’t know exactly what she had.

  • Like a mother, I’m feeling that it’s something serious.

  • My dad flies up to New York with my sister cuz my aunt lived there.

  • And in New York they diagnosed me with Ewing’s Sarcoma.

  • It’s a bone cancer in her back.

  • And they said without treatment that I’d only had few weeks to live

  • and we needed 250,000 dollars for the treatment.

  • At that moment, my mom said that she had never felt so hopeless in her life.

  • She’s like, “I can’t believe my child is going to die,

  • not because a treatment doesn’t exist, but because I can’t afford the treatment.”

  • My dad calls his sister and tells her, you know, what’s going on.

  • She was at work.

  • A reporter from the New York Daily News was there and asked her why she was upset,

  • and he wrote up the story as to what was happening.

  • The next day, that story was front page,

  • and Marlo Thomas who’s the daughter of Danny Thomas, found at the hospital at St. Jude,

  • contacted us and said, “I have a place that you can go to and you will not receive a single bill.”

  • So from Bolivia to New York, to Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Here we go!

  • How does this work?

  • Monopoly. – It’s gonna fall.

  • They are such a strong family. They are a role model for how you confront adversity.

  • I’ve known Gabby about 18 years now.

  • Gone through another diagnosis of cancer, been with her family through some other trauma and accident that the family had.

  • I was only 8 when the accident happened.

  • We went to New York to get out of the hospital,

  • cuz you know, that year, were like living at the hospital.

  • And then, on the way back we got into a car accident.

  • Our car flipped.

  • We went from one side of the inner state to the other side of the inner state.

  • And my dad and my sister were killed in the accident and my mom was paralyzed.

  • And being a kid and thinking, my worst nightmare just came true.

  • It was, it was very difficult for her.

  • And I was pregnant with Danny.

  • My name is Danny Thomas Omar Salinas.

  • I know the story pretty well, but yeah.

  • Cancer girl tried to revive her dad.

  • The Bolivian girl whose battle with cancer captured New York’s heart last year.

  • Ignoring her shattered right hand, family members said,

  • Gabriela Salinas managed to climb out of the wreckage of her family’s car and crawl to her dad.

  • Her cries ofdaddy, daddywere met only by a comforting smile that slowly spread across her father’s face,

  • a solid goodbye from the man who loved her more than life itself.

  • I definitely get my discipline from him.

  • We did so much physical therapy cuz I wanted to walk so bad.

  • He’s like, “youre gonna walk again.” I was like, okay.

  • And there’s times when I was like, I don’t want to do the physical therapy

  • but he would push me and that’s what I needed at that moment.

  • That same mindset that has been with me all the way through.

  • It’s my way of carrying his memory.

  • Why do you have a brace?

  • The tumor that I had in my back did a lot of damage to my left leg,

  • so I have to wear it to walk better.

  • But I don’t wear it when I wear cute shoes though.

  • Cuz it doesn’t fit into cute shoes.

  • Girls suffer a lot for cute shoes.

  • Some people, they have normal lives.

  • But I think that, it’s the same what the doctors tell Gabriela one time.

  • When she had the second cancer.

  • he said, “Gabriela, I cannot explain why persons, they don’t have cancer in his whole life,

  • and you have two in 15 years.”

  • When she had the second cancer,

  • we think that it would be easy, but I was not.

  • Because she needed to be alone,

  • because it’s a radioactive iodine,

  • and that’s more hard than to lose hair.

  • It’s more hard than everything,

  • not to be with her.

  • I have to say, okay, I’ve had two types of radiation.

  • I’ve had surgery and I’ve had chemo.

  • I guarantee I threw up more than all y’all combined. I can tell you that.

  • That makes you win again.

  • Winning, youre winning.

  • And I lost my hair.

  • Where do you get your inspiration?

  • My inspiration is my mom.

  • She doesn’t let anything get her down and just keep pushing through everything.

  • Sounds a lot like you too though.

  • Really?

  • It’s like a lot of qualities of why I admire you and look up to you,

  • they are the same things you were describing about your mom.

  • Well, I think you are very sweet.

  • I have never given Gabby something to do that she didn’t get done.

  • It didn’t matter to her what needed happen, how hard she had to work, what she had learned.

  • There are not a whole lot of people in the world who push that hard on everything they do.

  • I just really love what I do.

  • I know that what I do makes a difference further down the road.

  • I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about it.

  • And I know that the sciences in Jude is moving faster than anywhere else,

  • and I kind of want to be involved in that.

  • Nothing gets in Gabby’s way.

  • If there’s any barrier, she goes around it, over it, whatever she needs to do.

  • She is one determined young woman.

  • Cancer didn’t stop her.

  • It tried, you know. It got close, you know.

  • It got her, you know, not walking.

  • In the midst of tragedy, there is always hope,

  • and you should never give up.

  • My sister, she always seems to think that, this is nothing. I’m going to get through it.

  • I look up to her as my hero.

  • I mean, like if I had someone I wanted to be like, it’d be Gabby.

  • My mom said, don’t let anything or anyone take away your happiness.

  • There’s two things that you can do,

  • crying or laughing.

  • We choose laughing.

  • I think I’m like a well-built house.

  • I’m strong but being strong doesn’t make any storm weak.

  • Going through cancer I was still upset,

  • still went through the chemo, didn’t feel like doing it sometimes.

  • But I knew that I was going to get through it and that I was going to be fine.

Oh it could be like a soap holder.

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Two Cancers and a Horrific Accident Didn't Stop Gabby.

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