Birthday Tribute to Baby Gavin

Gavin Winslow is beating the odds and is about to celebrate his first birthday. Gavin is my wife’s cousin’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 Children’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 Gavin’s journey.

Gavin’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.

Save Baby Gavin

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.

We are launching an initial fundraising campaign to help Gavin's family with costs not covered by private insurance. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for Gavin's account, which is managed by the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA). COTA is a national, nonprofit 501©3 charity dedicated to helping families raise funds for transplant-related expenses.

Please visit the Save Baby Gavin site and donate anything you can. If you can, please blog about this and link to Gavin’s site to get a wider distribution of this. Thank you.