For much of her young life, Gabrielle Nave has battled illnesses. At age 10, Gabrielle was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a cancer in her bones. She often had imaging scans of her bones to see if the cancer was returning or spreading.
Charlotte Kirsch enjoyed a full, active life with her family and kept busy working in a retail position. With her grandson nearby, she was often spending time with him. Charlotte had never smoked, and although she had high blood pressure, she was otherwise healthy.
A trip to the emergency room revealed a mass in Alexis' chest near her thyroid gland, and she was referred to Dr. Emad Kandil, chief of endocrine surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine.