Gabby is a NYU graduate, currently in the application process for dental school. Originally from Connecticut, she became involved with Beyond Batten Disease Foundation through her work at a NYC lab. She is now one of BBDF scientific interns.
About Her Work With BBDF
Along with Noriko (BBDF intern), Gabby is working on developing a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program to alleviate the “diagnosis odyssey.” One of the major obstacle with rare diseases like juvenile Batten disease is receiving the correct diagnosis. Children, in turn, often do not receive the appropriate treatment until other symptoms appear which point to Batten. Since blindness is an early symptom of the disease, Noriko and Gabby are working with doctors who treat blindness and associated diseases to raise awareness and eventually provide additional education to doctors on Batten and other rare diseases. Gabby says her time at BBDF has “opened her eyes to a different side of medicine that [she] would never have known existed. From the nonprofit sector to the medical field, [she] has gotten to work with people from all different ends of the spectrum.”
About the NYC Triathlon
Originally, the inspiration came from a friend; however, after her friend backed out she took ownership. Growing up, she often participated in team sports but a triathlon is an individual activity. She says “it’s a cool thing to be able to truly rely on yourself and your body.”
GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND GABBY!! Your strength encourages us all!
“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”— PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian