Gabe's Story

Even after multiple heart procedures, Gabe still runs six days a week.
Gabe practices healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits every day.
Gabe helps his wife maintain the gardens of their Port Townsend home.
Gabe credits Harrison staff with easing his anxiety before his heart procedures.
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Putting in the time to go the distance

For a 71-year-old guy, Gabe Ornelas is as fit as they come.

Tan, trim, and lithe, he’s been a daily runner for 54 years, ever since he started preparing for Marine Corps basic training as a Brooklyn teenager.

He’s also a regular on the links at Discovery Bay Golf Club near his home just outside Port Townsend. He eats right and gets plenty of sleep.

His healthy lifestyle is merely the continuation of habits nurtured long before his 1995 retirement—as a captain—from the Los Angeles Police Department.

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“In 1999, I’m running the beach in the morning. I ran about a mile, and I ran out of gas. I didn’t have any angina or any pain. Very unusual,” Gabe says, his voice softening at the wonder of it.