As Gabe Treve entered Michigan Stadium through the famous tunnel where his favorite football players take the field, his elation turned into determination. The 11-year-old from Troy, who has used a power chair since a rare drug reaction from leukemia treatment paralyzed him, stood up and asked for his walking braces. “It was one of my goals to walk across a football field, so I thought, ‘Why not now?’” Gabe said.
After being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age five, Gabe was transferred to University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. A medication combination worked to fight the cancer, and he entered remission two years ago.