Elizabeth Seton Children’s International Spokesperson
If there is one person who embodies the spirit of love and possibilities at the Elizabeth Seton Children’s, it is Stephanie Gabaud. By enduring and thriving despite severe and complex medical conditions, Stephanie has become more than a young adult of defining grace; she is the face of a crisis that threatens lives like hers when young people age out of a children’s care center and have nowhere to go.
Stephanie has lived most of her life at Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center, starting from just three months old. The challenges she’s endured since birth are immense –spina bifida, Arnold-Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, neurogenic bladder and failure to thrive. She’s lived through countless painful and often risky surgeries. Stephanie has overcome every obstacle with a level of courage few can comprehend and credits her love of music and art for helping her through some of the most difficult days of her childhood.
Today as a young adult, Stephanie is inspired by and deeply connected to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. In fact, a sculpture of her standing with Mother Seton welcomes visitors to the children’s center as they enter. Despite her profound medical challenges, she is like any young woman her age with her trendy outfits, sparkling jewelry and camera-ready makeup. Stephanie, who graduated from White Plains High School in 2019, is a role model to others at the children’s center because she’s living proof that their lives are full of possibilities.
But now, at age 25, Stephanie is focusing her energy on a bigger purpose: our future young adult center. Stephanie is Elizabeth Seton Children’s International Spokesperson, as well as an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of New York, and she is leveraging her inspirational story and influential contacts to raise awareness about a fast-growing, life-and-death crisis impacting young adults with medically complex conditions like her.
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