HUTCHINSON, Kan. UPDATE-- Wednesday (12/7/16): It was a big turnout Wednesday night at Gambino's in South Hutchinson. People showed up for eight-year-old Gabe Marshall.
Last week, we learned that Gabe's brain tumor has returned. Doctors tell his family that Gabe will either have to go to a hospital in Kansas City or to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Tennessee, depending on how test results turn out.
Traveling to those locations doesn't come without cost. That's why Wednesday night's fundraiser was important.
There’s no easy way to tell this story.
We first met Gabe Marshall and his dad Josh back in June, after Josh got a tattoo on his head to match his son’s scar from a brain cancer surgery. It was a story of a father’s love that uplifted us all.
Now, less than six months later, a heartbreaking chapter in the story of this fun loving kid. His brain tumor is back.
"It's a roller coaster," Josh Marshall says. "You go from feeling perfectly fine and normal, and then just the fears of what's going to happen. The no knowing is what really hurts."
There are no words to describe the pain felt by Gabe’s parents tonight.
"Pretty much we were told that the tumor is becoming more active," Josh says. "Because of the location that it's at, it's inoperable."
The waiting game now begins, to see what comes next in Gabe’s battle against a disease that strikes far too many lives. It should never strike a life so young.
For Gabe the way to move forward is simple.
"Jut being strong. Don't try to whine through it, and just be strong," he says.
Christmas is around the corner. The time of year to lift our spirits. To celebrate with the ones we love. And like most kids Gabe’s age, he does have something he wants for Christmas this year.
The eight-year-old says he wants an electric scooter, further evidence of a young man who refuses to let cancer define him.
"He is my superhero," Josh says of his son. "He has (shown) me what life really is about and how to cherish the most out of everything.
You can help Gabe as well.
***PHOTO COURTESY OF MARSHALL FAMILY***