Gavin Winslow is beating the odds and is about to celebrate his first birthday. Gavin is my wife’s cousinâ€™s son and he was born on February 23, 2006 with end-stage renal failure, or congenital kidney failure. Gavy was born with only 10-15% function in one of his kidneys, and 0% functions in the other. He was admitted to Childrenâ€™s hospital of Wisconsin immediately after his birth and started on peritoneal dialysis.
Gavin is a fighter and a tough little guy who is beating the odds every day as he gets ready for his kidney transplant. Gavin’s family and friends have come together and helped raise $95,778.67 (as of 2/15/07) to help offset the cost of Gavin’s transplant and transplant-related expenses. Visit www.savebabygavin.com for more details on Gavinâ€™s journey.
Gavinâ€™s mom Jill and my wife Kristin put together this video to celebrate his first birthday. Check it out and visit www.savebabygavin.com and donate to help Gavin celebrate many more birthdays.
A lot of you read this blog using an RSS reader and so you probably don’t see the theme that adorns this blog but I just switched the theme that powers this blog to the NigaRila theme by Sadish Bala. I have been looking for a great 3-column theme and Sadish has created one of the best looking and usable theme out there.
NigaRila is an awesome theme for WordPress 2.0 that has 3 columns on the Front Page with a fixed width of 900 pixel and 2 columns on all other pages. This theme has two sidebars on the right side. If you have the sidebar widgets plugin installed, then you can use it for both of them. NigaRila is an awesome theme that produces valid XHTML and offers a great deal of functionality. I’ve made a couple of modifications to add support for a few other plugins but most of the functionality you see on my blog is out of the box including the archive and contact page. Sadish wants $15.00 for this theme and I think its well worth the cost.
In addition to NigaRila, Sadish just recently created a new WordPress theme called Intense after learning about my wife’s first cousins son Gavin Winslow. Sadish was moved by Gavin’s story and decided to help by adding a link from his theme to Gavin’s site at www.savebabygavin.com. This has resulted in Gavin’s site getting thousands of visits from people that normally wouldn’t know about Gavin. Thank you Sadish for helping raise awareness about Gavinâ€™s story and bringing additional visibility to his site and creating a great WordPress theme in the process.
I apologize as this is a little off-topic for this blog but I wanted to bring as much attention as I could to the Save Baby Gavin website and blog. My wife's cousin Jill has a beautiful little boy named Gavin. Gavin was born on February 23, 2006 with end-stage renal failure, or congenital kidney failure. Gavin was born with only 10-15% function in one of his kidneys, and 0% function in the other. He was admitted to Children's hospital of Wisconsin immediately after his birth and started on peritoneal dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis means that he is hooked up to a machine at home every night for 10 hours to “clean out” his blood. Without a kidney transplant, Gavin will not survive.