11-year-old cancer survivor rises from wheelchair, walks across the Big House field

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.

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