Gage Alexander Dole passed away Feb. 14, 2011 after nine bright years. Although Gage spent more than half his life battling cancer, his treatments were a mere distraction to his ravenous living of life without complaint. His focus was always on playing with friends, video games or trying new experiences: swimming, skiing, riding motorcycles, shooting, and archery, rock climbing and camping. He was an apt student when able to attend school and an eager Cub Scout earning his bobcat, wolf and bear badges. Once he tapped into his natural talent for drawing, he became prolific; leaving us with a collection of amazing and profound images.
The “Heaven W-o-r-r-i-o-r” (his spelling) angel was a result of Gage’s artistic inspiration. Gage connected with the belief that the “earthly” world is the shadow world and “Heaven” is the real world. The Heaven Worrior has power rings on the right arm. The more suffering on earth the more power rings earned, the more powerful the angel.
Our hope is that Gage’s angels can give inspiration and hope to those suffering through life’s trials.
Gage was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at age 3, then treatment induced acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), at age 5. After a successful bone marrow transplant, he suffered two recurrences of Ewing’s. Finally, tumor progression left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Throughout this six-year battle, Gage was always a bright light. He preferred to be considered a teacher rather than a hero. Even up to his last day, he brought his quick wit, old soul perspective and mischievous humor to every situation. While he stoically dealt with doctors across six different hospital systems, he never failed to dazzle nurses and volunteers. While he endured more than 30 rounds of various phase chemotherapy trials, two different surgeries, 15 weeks of different radiation and dozens of scans, he always wanted to keep fighting. While he suffered through countless inpatient and day treatments, office visits, painful port and arm pokes, dressing changes, pills and traditional Chinese medicine efforts, he rarely raised a fuss.
Gage’s innate ability to connect with people led to numerous adventures and an almost overwhelming outpouring of caring and compassion. Truly he brought out the best in people.
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support targeted and innovative children’s cancer research with measurable results, and be the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children’s cancer.