In 2012, Gabriella Cosner was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms in soft tissue, specifically in skeletal muscle tissue . At just four years old, Gabriella and her family endured a long year of treatments at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. It was during this time that the Cosner family was connected to Coastal Kids Home Care. Luckily, Gabriella’s Coastal Kids nurse lived right down the street from her house which made it easy for her to conduct blood draws on Gabriella 2-3 times a week depending on where she was in her treatment. “She would always bring a little toy and would have tea parties with me,” recalls Gabriella. “I just remember it being enjoyable besides the fact that they had to do blood draws.”
Since 2013, the Cosner family has come full circle. Gabriella’s mother, Kristin Cosner, RN, CPNP, finished a pediatric nurse practitioner program at UCSF and obtained a master’s degree in nursing, along with her nurse practitioner license. Last June, she joined Packard Children’s as a clinical nurse in the Bass Center--the same unit where her daughter received care eight years ago. Her father, Adam Cosner, is a firefighter for the Santa Clara County Fire Department and has helped us get a special fire truck (see below) to drive in our upcoming Cruisin’ for Coastal Kids parade this Saturday, September 12. As for Gabriella, she is a healthy preteen who enjoys bike riding, swimming and skiing and who is currently trying to maneuver distance learning. Luckily, she and her family are taking time out of their Saturday to join us for our parade. “I think it will be a fun event,” says Gabriella. “I’m hoping to inspire other sick kids who are having difficulty with their illness.”
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“[My Coastal Kids Nurse] would always bring a little toy and would have tea parties with me,” recalls Gabriella.
“I just remember it being enjoyable besides the fact that they had to do blood draws.”