Hundreds of Borderland residents turned out to the 2nd Annual ‘Our Colors Run Together 5k’ Sunday at Cohen Stadium. The event, sponsored by the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation raises funds for people in El Paso who are in need of support services while undergoing treatment.
Much like the uphill walk the Barron family trekked Sunday morning at the ‘Colors of Cancer’ run, life after their son’s cancer diagnosis has been difficult.
Gabriel Barron was a healthy, active middle school student just months ago, until he was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer last August.
“We’re trying to be strong for him that’s why we named the team ‘Gabriel Strong’ because he’s the one giving us the strength,” Gabriel’s dad, Eddie Barron said.
February 20, Gabriel had a seizure while at the hospital. Eddie Barron said that Gabriel was dead for three minutes before medical personnel were able to revive him.
Since his diagnosis, Gabriel has lost his ability to walk but doctors say his tumor has shrunk.
So life goes on and so do the friendships Gabriel left behind when he couldn’t return to Bel Air Middle School this year.
“I came to support him the way he supports me,” Nicholas Chavarria, one of Gabriel’s close friends told KTSM.
Walking alongside Gabriel in grey, the color representing brain cancer, his friends and family shared the same cause and goal as thousands of El Pasoans – to make it to the finish line cancer-free.
Gabriel’s fight is far from over, but it helps that he has an army of support behind him.
“It feels good to be supported and loved by all these people I’m actually surprised that my friends showed up I thought it would be just my family but it just shows that they care about you,” he said. “They don’t want me to leave this planet.”