Issaquah Soccer Club raises $3,500 for Seattle Children’s

November 21, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2011

Issaquah Soccer Club members donated $3,500 to Seattle Children’s to honor a player treated at the hospital and to help other children.

Soon after Gabriel Uribe turned 3, doctors diagnosed him with a severe form of epilepsy. Gabriel, barely able to walk or talk, Gabriel suffered more than 1,000 epileptic seizures per day during the worst period. Doctors told his parents he had only a 50 percent chance of surviving to adulthood, until he started treatment at Seattle Children’s.

Nowadays, Gabriel is a healthy 10-year-old and a member of the Issaquah Soccer Club’s Gunners premier squad.

Gabriel accompanied Issaquah Soccer Club President and Bret Knutson and Jimmy Ball, director of coaching, to present the $3,500 check to Seattle Children’s.

“Support like this ensures that children in our region benefit from world-class medical care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay,” Katie Fath, a Seattle Children’s representative, said in a statement.

The club raised the funds through raffle ticket sales and a chance to win more $500 worth of sporting goods from Sports Authority.

“We are happy we were able to help ISC support the great work at Children’s,” said Brent Vander Mey, Sports Authority’s community marketing manager-Seattle. “Fundraising efforts like this demonstrate ISC’s commitment not only to youth soccer, but to the community as a whole.”

Soon after Gabriel’s diagnosis, he was accepted into a Seattle Children’s program for children with epilepsy, focusing on diet and nutrition as well as speech and physical therapy. He made rapid progress but still had a long way to go when Gabriel’s parents, Mauricio and Cindy, enrolled him in several youth sports programs for exercise and rehabilitation.

Gabriel has not suffered a seizure in more than six years. His parents credit both Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Issaquah Soccer Club for his recovery.

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