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Family of young child with Weaver’s syndrome ask for help to make his birthday special

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The family of 4-year-old Gabriel Shefchek has worked hard to support the young boy. Born with a rare condition called Weaver’s syndrome, which causes his bones to grow faster than normal, Gabe was already taller than his 7-year-old sister when he spoke with Fox 12 a year ago.

Recently the family received devastating news when Gabe was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, and found he is already in stage 4 of the disease.

People with Weaver’s syndrome have a higher risk for cancer, but Gabe’s family is hopeful, saying that he has a 50 percent chance for survival.

This was supposed to be a week of happiness, with Gabe and his family celebrating his 5th birthday. Instead, he will be at Doernbecher Children's Hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

His parents are still determined to make his birthday special, though, and are asking for the public’s help.

“We really, really want to make sure that his 5th birthday is something he’ll remember and is special to him,” Gabe’s mom Kassie Shefchek told Fox 12. “And, to have lots of people that he loves and cares about and just make him feel like he’s a normal little boy.”

Gabe’s family is asking for people to send cards his birthday, and hope to collect them from across the country. Anyone who want to send a card can direct it to:

Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Attn: Gabriel Shefchek
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

The family has also started a GoFundMe page to help pay the thousands of dollars in medical costs they are facing for Gabe’s treatment.

Even with their challenges, Kassie said the Shefchek family is looking forward to the future.

“We are definitely looking forward to remission and seeing our little boy back to normal.”

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