Great News – Gavin Going Home until Sunday!

Parking Garage Air never smelled so sweet! They decided to train us on his cares and RELEASE us after all until Sunday so we are on our way to home sweet home! We are going to pick up our roller blading fool Lulu and take the kiddos home! We’ll just have some relaxing house bound days until Sunday. Normal Days—how precious!

Gavin Doing Great Post Surgery

Hi all!

Gavin is doing great, he is flirting with all the nurses so is getting extra special attention (no one can believe those cheeks and that smile!) He ate like a horse this morning so that was really good and they are just monitoring his oxygen. We thought about removing the IV but since they have to go back in on Sunday they are just going to keep it in (we will be here, no early release, bummer). He gets another night off of dialysis to help him heal some and then he will start up again tomorrow night and Saturday before they go in again.

It’s amazing how when you are in that room your fight instinct just kicks in. We are all feeling strong, thanks so much for always being there to support us and him, it’s because we have such a wonderful support system that we can do this! Lauren has informed me that the manatee is a sea cow and is a little peeved mommy isn’t there at bed time so is making daddy read four stories instead of 2! Thanks mom, dad and T for spoiling her rotten while we are here! Keep up the good thoughts!

Gavin Surgery Complete…Will Need More Surgery On Sunday 11/19

Gavin is waking up from surgery and is doing well, a little sore as anticipated. They were not able to do all that they need to do so they are going to have to do another surgery on Sunday. It is unclear if he will have to be in the hospital until Sunday, they will have to see how he does tonight. Thanks for all the prayers and keep praying for Sunday! He was all smiles today and I can’t wait to hold my beautiful baby boy again!

Gavin Surgery Update @ 4:00 pm

Gavin still has about another hour left, but he went under well. Unfortunately they have not been able to do all that they need to do, so they will have to do another surgery in the next few days. We’re taking deep breaths and Gavin was smiling and laughing all day so he actually relaxed us (the irony!). Hopefully he will recover quickly and we can get out of here. The best part of going to Children’s is always leaving it! Thanks for the prayers!

Gavin’s Surgery Scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on 11/15

Gavin will undergo urological surgery tomorrow (Wednesday, November 15th) at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. The surgery will begin at 1:45 p.m. However, Jill and Jay have decided against the additional surgical procedure of a gtube placement, as the risks at this time are just too high. Gavin will need to be off dialysis for 2-3 days minimum to let himself heal so he will be monitored closely by doctors for his creatinine and urea levels. There are many risks for this necessary surgery, such as any type of infection, and especially peritonitis. At this time, Gavin will need to be in the hospital a minimum of 5 days for recovery.

Please keep the Schwalbach and Winslow families in your thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated on any information we have regarding Gavin’s medical condition and recovery.

Emslie Farm Continues Fundraising

November 13, 2006
Glenda Herro (262) 524-9469

Emslie Farm Continues Fundraising In Honor Of Baby Gavin

Waukesha, WI – Local resident Will Emslie, who sponsored a canister fundraising campaign in honor of sweet baby Gavin Winslow in October, will be extending his fundraising efforts during this upcoming holiday season. Emslie Farm successfully collected funds in Gavin’s honor during their recent fall and Halloween pumpkin sale. Mr. Emslie will continue to have canisters available at his farm to accept contributions as customers shop for their Christmas trees and wreaths.

Emslie Farm realizes that kidney transplants are expensive, around $200,000 each! They are aware that the first year of follow up for Gavin will cost about $40,000, without including any hospital stays he may have during his first year. Moreover, they know that Gavin will need to be monitored for the rest of his life. They understand that the medications needed to keep Gavin’s new kidney functioning, costs on average, $2,000 per month, and that this cost will incur for his family as long as his kidney continues to function. Since the average kidney transplant lasts only 15-20 years they recognize, that at some point, Gavin will need another transplant.

Because of all these expenses, Emslie Farm, along with Gavin’s family and friends, has joined with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association to raise $100,000.

The Children’s Transplant Association (COTA) is a national, nonprofit 501© 3 charity dedicated to helping families raise funds for transplant-related expenses. Over the past 20 years they have helped more than 1,000 families, in 49 states, in all regions of the United States, raise millions of dollars for their transplant-related expenses. Contributions to COTA, on behalf of Gavin Winslow, are 100% tax-deductible.

Emslie Farm is located at S1W26417 Northview Road in Waukesha, WI. To find the tree of your childhood memories, choose from their wide selection of Fraser, Canaan, Balsam, Scotch White Pine, Blue and White Spruce, along with a variety of wreaths (three-foot candy cane and cross-shaped). Please call 262-617-4032 for specific dates and times of sales.

For more information about Emslie Farm or other fundraising and volunteer opportunities, please contact Jane Schwalbach at 262-549-6129 or email

Thank you Aunt Kathy!…Green Bay Canister Campaign

On behalf of sweet baby Gav, we his family would like to thank his great aunt, Kathy Joas, for her dedicated canister campaign in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Her efforts have raised $754.31 for his transplant-related expenses. We are so grateful!

If you are interested in putting out a money canister for Gavin in the Green Bay area – or any location in Wisconsin, please contact Jane Schwalbach at

Feeling helpless…Pray for Gavin’s Successful Surgery on 11/15

It’s Sunday night — three days before surgery and I can’t sleep, I feel like if I stay awake the surgery won’t come, the tears come in spontaneous convulsive bursts. If you believe in a God, pray to him, that’s what I’ve been doing (although I am also very upset with him). I can’t help but imagine what Wednesday is going to be like: that feeling when they all come into the room and take him away and go beyond the doors down what seems like just an excruciatingly long hallway that you are not allowed in—even the air smells different, it makes you dizzy, Jay and I call it hospital head. Sitting in some waiting room with a bunch of strangers that are going through their own horrific event and watching some clock that doesn’t ever seem to move. Knowing that they will be giving him anesthesia, but he’s too little to speak if he’s in pain, that he will be intubated and unable to breathe on his own, that his little eyes are taped shut, that there is a risk that the peritoneum could be hit and then…I’m not going to even continue. You’re just so helpless, through all of this, you are helpless—this disease is like a steamroller it comes every day and pounds you.

We will fight this, we will win. My son has experienced many miracles throughout his life already at the tender age of 8 months, may this just be another one on the road toward his kidney transplant. He is a fighter and a champion…he will come out of this better than he went in. Hug those you love and cherish each second that you are given. Life is precious. I will try to update you all when he is out and safe, but for now I have to get packing for us, Lulu and Gavs.

Launch of

November 9, 2006

Glenda Herro (262) 524-9469


Announcing The Launch of the “Save Baby Gavin” Website

Waukesha, WI – With the building momentum of the fundraising efforts for baby Gavin Winslow’s lifesaving kidney transplant, a new website has been created to spread the word about the Gavin’s story and provide an easy, efficient way for interested parties to volunteer their time and money to this cause.

Born on February 23, 2006, Lake Mills baby Gavin Winslow was diagnosed with end stage renal disease, making a kidney transplant the only option for his future. Because typical insurance plans pay only 80% of the “normal and customary” expenses incurred for such a procedure, Gavin’s family could be responsible for as much as $100,000 in deductible costs and other transplant-related costs. In order to help Gavin’s family with such expenses, family and friends are working round-the-clock on an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise this $100,000 with the help of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association of Bloomington, Indiana (COTA).

Log on to to see this newly-completed website and become more familiar with Gavin’s story.

For more information about this website, contact Kristin Carpenter at