December 20, 2018 05:47 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Before Gabby Brown could even walk, her face was on billboards all around town.
“It came to me. I was like I just need to do something,” said Curtis Jepsen.
Curtis Jepsen created a graphic of Gabby surrounded by butterflies and pink glitter to go up on seven billboards around Rochester. They were up while Gabby went through her second round of chemotherapy. In October, the 15-month-old was diagnosed with AML Leukemia.
"The power of prayer is very powerful and every person that would drive by that billboard would say and read the message “Gabby's Got This”. That in itself is powerful. Even if they are not praying, they are thinking it and I think it does make a big difference," he said.
Curtis met Gabby’s dad Matthew Brown in college and the two have been friends ever since. When Matthew saw the billboard for the first time, it was emotional.
"We were just coming into town and look up and see Gabby cheesin' and little butterflies flying around her. It was pretty cool,” said Brown.
He added that the “Gabby’s Got This” mentality is making a difference.
"She's doing good. She had a little more complications with the second round of chemo as far as some nausea and fevers. She just came out of it and she's on the mend and on the upswing so the prayers are working," he said.
Gabby is expected to be in the hospital for another month and then she will come back for another round of chemotherapy and then finally a bone marrow transplant.
They hope she is free of the disease by April.
"Right around the time, her little sister will be coming. Another girl. We are gonna have three girls. I'm in trouble,” said Brown.
Until then, the billboards will go up around town whenever there is space.
"It's the least I can do to get some more people thinking about her and praying for her," said Jepsen.
A Go Fund Me page has been created called “Gabby’s Great Fight”. The money will help the family pay Gabby’s medical expenses. For more information click here.
Updated: December 20, 2018 05:47 PM
Created: December 20, 2018 05:43 PM
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