On June 12, 105.7 The Fan host Jeremy Conn wanted to find Mo Gaba a new bed. Several days later, Conn in the midst of a major fundraising effort for the Gaba family after Mo was dealt bad news June 11 in his fight against cancer.
Mo, 14, became well-known among Baltimore sports fans in 2015 when he started calling into The Scott Garceau Show, then an afternoon drive-time talk show hosted by Garceau and Conn. PressBox’s 2019 Sportsperson of the Year treated the audience to an infectious voice and laugh through his love for the Orioles and Ravens.
Mo is now battling cancer for the fifth time. It started when he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer, when he was 9 months old. That caused him to lose his vision when he was a year old. Conn said Mo had a bad scan June 11, after which Conn was asked by a friend of the Gabas if he could help get Mo a new bed for the family’s new apartment.
Conn, now a longtime friend of the Gaba family, was happy to oblige. He asked on social media whether anyone could point him in the right direction for a nice bed, but a bed wasn’t all Conn got. Those interested in helping out asked Conn if they could send him money to help out Mo and his mother, Sonsy. As of June 15, Conn had raised $27,000.
“This all started on [June 12],” Conn said. “I didn’t intend to just go out and raise money, but I am moved by what’s happening with him. I cried a ton this weekend, which I’m not ashamed to admit. I balled my eyes out.”
Donations can be made for the Gaba family via PayPal (email@example.com) and Venmo (@Jeremy-Conn-7). Eric Arditti of Barstool Sports is also raising money via Venmo (@Eric-Arditti). Conn was taken aback by how quickly this effort grew starting June 12.
“I went out for drinks with [fellow 105.7 host] Rob Long on Friday night. He went on vacation. We were just chatting it up and I looked down at my phone and ding, ding, ding,” Conn said. “Like, what the hell’s going on? It’s these donations coming in. Some are $10. I had people sending me messages saying, ‘Look, I’ve been out of work. I want to give something. Here’s $5.’”
Additionally, Mo graduated from Lindale Middle School June 16 and was treated to a graduation party:
Arditti put together a video message for Mo that includes well wishes from a number of Baltimore athletes, including Cal Ripken Jr. and Trey Mancini.