From Maria’s husband. “I am Gabriel Elias, father of 3 beautiful children and husband of the most amazing wife. Sometimes we go through life without noticing the little moments, but that all changed IN 2018. My whole life shattered when Maria, my wife of 12 years, my HS sweetheart and the mother of a 12-year-old superhero lover and two baby girls, fell suddenly ill.”
“To us, 2018 seemed like a promising year. We started the year doing well with our business and with the most significant news of all: becoming parents again. I dreamed about my beautiful baby girl being born, waking up and wishing she would look like her mom. But as the beginning of 2018 brought us the happiness of being parents again, it also brought us horrible news.”
Maria just turned 30, and she tried to plan this year carefully. For Halloween, we were all preparing to be A family of monsters and give out candy to the neighborhood kids. As she was cleaning and doing the dishes from dinner, she started feeling painful cramps and showing signs of labor. We immediately rushed to the hospital and were faced with a whole other diagnosis, leukemia. All of that is in the past, Maria found a life-saving donor and had her transplant in July 2019.
Because Maria is Hispanic, it was challenging to find a compatible donor. But we did it.
Please register as a stem cell donor in Maria’s name https://join.bethematch.org/aadp