Celebrating the life of Gabby, a little girl who inspired many

Talia Milavetz
Updated: October 09, 2019 07:02 PM
Created: October 09, 2019 10:36 AM

(ABC 6 News) - When Gabby Brown was diagnosed with Leukemia last year, the entire region stepped up to support her in every way imaginable. 

Her funeral Wednesday was no different. Nearly 600 people gathered to remember her short but remarkable life. 


Gabby’s uncles shared how she touched not just them, but an entire community.

"Gabby was with us for only a short time, but had an impact that will last for years to come. It's important to realize that Gabby touched so many people here not because she was sick, but because of the type of kid she was,” said Jay Harstad, Gabby’s uncle.

Gabby was diagnosed with leukemia at just one year old. While she went through treatment, her parents kept everyone updated with videos and pictures of her smiling face.

"We saw her first steps. Heard her first words," he said.

After multiple rounds of chemotherapy in Rochester, she flew out to Cincinnati for a clinical trial, but it was unsuccessful in treating the leukemia.

She spent her final months at home in Harmony with her parents and two sisters. 

"All we could do was give her love. That love for her was rich and real and from everywhere, like beams of light in the darkness," said Mike Brown, Gabby’s uncle.

Everyone remembered the special way she spoke, which they fondly called “Gabonese".

"Goodbye was always hard. But she made it easier with her big buh-byeee that she always said. Everyone is Gabby's family always loved her saying that and can imitate her perfectly. So buh-byee Gabby we love you so much," said Harstad.

"Gabby I see you baby girl and I am thankful for everything you gave us. Just know your mom and dad and all of us here love you forever," said Brown.

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