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Gabe Goes to Disney

Gabe and his family with Chewbacca

Gabe is a smart teenage boy with a good sense of humor. He plays baritone in the band at his middle school. Some of his favorite things include Legos, video games and the Star Wars movie franchise. Gabe also loves Donald Duck; he thinks it’s funny that the character gets angry so easily.

When he was just seven years old, Gabe was diagnosed with lymphoma. He has been in treatment for more than half of his life.

Gabe’s wish to go to Walt Disney World® was granted earlier this year at Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee's Stars for Wishes gala with the help of some of his favorite Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion. Later, Gabe celebrated his wish with his school bandmates who helped to raise money for Make-A-Wish as part of the Kids for Wish Kids program. The band also gave him a book full of handwritten, heart-felt letters.

During the trip, Gabe and his family explored the Disney theme parks and Universal Studios. He also met some of his favorite characters, including Chewbacca and, of course, Donald Duck.

Although Gabe’s battle is not over, his wish gave him and his family something to look forward to and good memories to look back on.


  • Gabe in the cockpit

  • Gabe and Donald Duck

  • Gabe and his family

  • Gabe at Disney World

  • Gabe and his family with Chewbacca

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