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Family rallies around former Buffalonian battling aggressive breast cancer

A benefit will be held in North Tonawanda for Gabi Benz who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Family and friends are rallying behind former Buffalonian Gabi Benz who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at only 27 years old. After six months of chemotherapy and a mastectomy, Gabi must undergo radiation and possibly more chemotherapy.

Gabi met her husband, Matt Benz, when he was stationed in North Carolina in the Marine Corp. He was friends with her brother who was also a marine. They fell in love and after Matt finished his five years of duty, they moved to Buffalo to be near his family and then got married in 2016 in California. Shortly thereafter that’s when they received the terrible news.

The tumor in her breast was 9 centimeters instead of 1 centimeter that they expected it to be, and they had to remove 53 lymph nodes during surgery when they only were planning on taking five. Radiation is planned, but she must heal a bit more from her surgery before they can start it.

“With all this and the mounting medical bills, our family is planning a benefit for Gabi on Nov. 17 at Gratwick Hose in North Tonawanda. We have a donation letter and flyers we are beginning to distribute to help us gather items for the benefit such as food, drinks, and raffle basket donations,” said Kristine Carr, sister-in-law.

If you would like to help with the “Gabi Smash Cancer” benefit, call Kristine Carr at 716-861-9489 or email The benefit will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Gratwick Hose in North Tonawanda. Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the door.

How you can help 

Checks can also be made payable to Gabi Smash, 629 Fletcher St., Tonawanda or at M & T Bank, 65 Broad St., Tonawanda. Or you can make a donation here:

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