Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

My Favorite Cousin. (Children's Page)

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

My Favorite Cousin. (Children's Page)

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Gabrielle Nicole Statltare is my cousin, my favorite cousin. She has brown curly hair, beautiful brown eyes and a smile that makes me happy. She laughs at silly things and cries when she is sad. She has a little sister named Victoria. Gabi is her nickname and the moment people meet her they love her.

Gabi was born on May 10, 1994. Everyone was so excited. Unfortunately, due to a doctor's error, Gabi lost oxygen to her brain, which resulted in many disabilities, including low vision and mainly cerebral palsy. This means that Gabi can't walk unaided; at least, not yet! Gabi also cannot speak too well but she will let you know when she wants something! I am proud because my name is one of the names she can say.

At first, I was nervous around Gabi because I thought I would hurt her. After I got to know her special needs I wasn't nervous anymore. Gabi has always been treated like any other kid. Even though she has many people to care for her we still have fun together. Gabi squeals in delight when she pulls my hair and I act like she is hurting me. Some of the first amusement park rides Gabi went on, I was right behind her, holding her and laughing along with her. Gabi and I have a special bond that only we share.

In October of 1995 Gabi and her mom, my Aunt Garbara, were invited to St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City for a special mass. It was the year that Pope John Paul II was in the United States. My Aunt Barbara made her way to the front row where Mayor Giuliani was sitting. …

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