Thursday, June 19, 2014
Ranger Gabriel, Do You Copy?
Some people are heroes; others need saving. Eight-year-old Gabriel Lavan-Ying of Gainesville, Florida, has the soul of the former, but the body of the latter. He suffers from chronic inflammation, loose joints, skin that breaks open at the gentlest bumping, and his body is polka-dotted with black and blue hematomas—all symptoms of the connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Even so, Gabriel dreams of being a National Park Ranger. A full-fledged ranger career isn't in his cards, but with help from Make-A-Wish, Gabriel got a chance to be an honorary ranger.