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November 10, 2015 > Gabes World of Fun

Gabes World of Fun

Submitted By Jocelyn Pierre-Antoine

St. Bede third grader, Gabe Lising, acknowledges himself as ÒFragile Gabe.Ó He has OsteogenesisImperfecta, also known as Òbrittle bones.Ó Two weeks after Gabe was born, he was diagnosed with this genetic disorder, which causes his bones to be very weak and break easily. As a result, various situations have caused him to miss up to three months of school. Gabe is full of energy, yet a simple fall or accidental contact can lead him straight to the hospital.

Last year, when Gabe came to St. Bede School in Hayward, our entire school community provided him with a warm and safe environment. All the students and staff were informed about his condition, and they were able to ask questions. One concerned student wondered, ÒIf heÕs sad, how can we comfort him if we canÕt hug him?Ó

Gabe stayed on the bench at recess and lunchtime with a book to read or a board game to play. He was excused from PE and other physical events. Then one day he and another student raced a short distance outside. This commonly harmless childhood activity caused him to be taken away in an ambulance not to return to school for over a month.

St. Bede School responded with compassion and created GabeÕs World of Fun. Children are encouraged to schedule a time when they plan toeat and play with Gabe in our front lobby. This school-wide invitation to spend quality time with Gabe has encouraged our students to live as true disciples of Jesus who show love towards those in need.

Gabe was asked about his experience at school. He mentioned, ÒI like St. Bede Catholic School because I get to make new friends and have fun with my friends that are in different grades. If thereÕs no GabeÕs World of Fun I would be bored because I donÕt get to play in the playground or anything else because I might break my bones.Ó

His mother, Maria Corpuz, explained, ÒGabe has touched and inspired us in so many ways. He is a thoughtful, loving and intelligent child.Ó Gabe added, ÒI want students to learn about me so they can learn about my condition.Ó He added, ÒI feel joyful because I like how I was born.Ó

We are fortunate for the opportunity to welcome Gabe Lising to our school as a special member of our community.

For more information about St. Bede School, please call the school office at (510) 782-3444 or visit http://www.mystbede.org.

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