Nov. 3 was a bad day for Watertown’s Gabriel Aljalian and his family. That was the date in 2012 when, at the age of 3, Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, he wants to turn it into one full of acts of kindness.
Despite facing a deadly disease, Gabriel always found a way to smile and let his “brave and bright spirit shine through,” said his mother Natasha.
“Inevitably, this time of year, we start to see diagnosis date closing in on the calendar. We wanted to change the meaning of this day – and change it from a dark and sad one to a happy one that helps spread light and happiness,” said Natasha, who has lived in Watertown for 16 years with her husband Arakel, the pastor of St. James Armenian Church.
Today, Gabriel’s outlook looks much more positive.
“Gabriel finished active treatment in December 2014 and finished all meds in June of 2015,” Natasha said. “He is doing great and is in first Grade and doing all the things that 6 year old boys should be doing.”
This year, the Aljalians want to turn Nov. 3 into Gabriel’s Day of Kindness.
“We want to change what Nov. 3 means for him, and change this dark day into one full of light and happiness,” Natasha said. “We ask you to join in our gratitude by performing acts of kindness in Gabriel’s honor on Nov. 3!”
No act is too big or too small.
“In the end – any act of kindness that you are moved to do in your heart, we are absolutely thankful for,” Natasha said.
To promote Gabriel’s Day of Kindness, a Facebook page has been set up. The Aljalians hope people will share their good deeds done on Nov. 3 on the Facebook page (click here to see the page).
“Please like this page, and feel free to share this page with your family and friends. Our goal is to fill the world with kindness, joy, happiness, and smiles on this day,” Natasha said.