I met Gabby back in 2009 while we were both bartending in Harrisonburg, VA. From the first time I met her, I knew she was unlike anyone else I'd ever met. She had a very unique outlook on life that was always positive. Gabby helped me to see the good in everyone and learn to turn any negative situation into a positive learning experience. When I first learned of her brain tumor, I was deeply saddened because I was afraid that not only would her health decline, but she would lose the wonderful perspective that made her who she was. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only did Gabby retain her sunny outlook on life, she surprised us all when she referred to her tumor as a "blessing". Rather than wallow in self pity while she fought this disease in her brain, she once again turned a negative situation into a positive one. She decided that she would not treat her situation as a battle against cancer but more as an opportunity to change the way she was living her life. She began to truly live in the moment and appreciate everything that came her way, good or bad. It has not been an easy road, but Gabby has been walking it like the beautiful, zen goddess that she is and always has been.
Gab is the reason I keep coming back to the west coast, and the reason I love your country. Her positivity is infectious and I wish I had her strength and courage. If I hadn't met her, I wouldn't be the same person today. I owe her a lot. ~Will Owens (Townsville, Australia)