Meet Gabby, a Proud Gaucho who is attending GCC with the help of Make-A-Wish

Monday, August 30, 2021
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Having been home-schooled her entire life, Gabrielle (Gabby) Pena feels that Glendale Community College is the perfect place for her to transition into college life. “I looked at other colleges however I always knew that GCC was the best option for me.” Stated Gabby, and she added, “GCC has everything I need to get started in my college journey.”

Her plan is to study psychology with an emphasis in forensics; either victimology or criminology. After she finishes her studies at GCC her goal is to pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Gabby states that she is up for the challenge and excited to be here. That is a compelling statement considering that she was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 15. 

After years of medical care, including chemotherapy and time spent at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, she is healthy and ready for the next step in her academic journey. And it is here that Gabby’s story takes a heart-warming turn. During her battle with Leukemia she was contacted by Make-A-Wish Arizona to be a Make-A-Wish Kid. After thoughtful deliberation Gabby’s wish was to attend GCC. “Usually Wish Kids choose trips, home and backyard renovations or meeting a celebrity. However Gabby was unique with what she wanted. She is a future-builder” said Hollie Costello spokesperson for Make-A-Wish Arizona. 

Gabby is excited for her freshman year of college and is looking forward to meeting new friends and getting involved. She is not sure which of the 50+ clubs she will join; however she is confident that she will find several that match her interests and passions. For now though, Gabby is happy to be healthy, is content to find her way around campus, and see what the future brings.