New Video: Gino talks about Gavin on “The Morning Blend” television show

Gino Salomone, the host of WKTI 94.5 FM’s The ‘KTI Morning Show and the staff on the television program, The Morning Blend, aired Gavin’s story on Friday, December 22, 2006 and urged people to help him.

Click here to see what Gino said.

Again, another big thank you to Gino and the entire staff of The Morning Blend for helping us tell Gavin’s story, and for allowing us to link to The Morning Blend’s website to show the clip.

New Video: Gavin Practicing for the NBA!

As you can see, Gavin has mastered “tummy time” and is rolling over, grabbing for his mini basketball, and his next stop is the NBA!

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If you reading this via email or a feed reader and don’t see the video, please click here to watch the video.

Making Miracles Happen…Gavin’s First Christmas

Feliz Navidad! Jingle jingle sniffle sniffle, we are over the flu and onto the cold so this Christmas was pretty low key! Lauren picked out tacos as her Christmas meal of choice and is relieved that Christmas is finally here; Gavin of course, chose green beans, three times a day. Although, Lauren is decidedly concerned that Santa won’t make it due to lack of snow, I assured her that he has some wheels for his sleigh too. Jay is worried that she is going to discover that the fireplace doesn’t have a chimney, but I told him it may be a few years until we have to explain our way out of that! Simple day, may we be aware of the treasure that you are! We did our birthday cake to baby Jesus and Lauren was elated that she got to blow out the candles and Gavin was giddy with the flicker of the fire, we will see how easy it is for her to sleep with the anticipation floating in her head!

I had just gotten out of the hospital last year at this time to spend Christmas with my family and I was told by one of the doctors on rotation that they caught Gavin’s problem too late and that he wouldn’t make it, that I should just go home and be with my family. We called him “Dr. Death”.

Then when he was born, they brought us in this room to start preparing us to lose our son. They told us that they would manage his pain and that we could have people come and visit him in this secluded room. We told them to do whatever they could, and I looked up at all the doctors and interns in the room, there must have been like fifteen people there staring at us, and I said “go make miracles happen”. As I thought about this room I thought that if it came to it, I would set it up like Christmas (even though it was February), so even if he didn’t make it to Christmas he would see what Christmas would be like, the lights, the love, all the people that shared their cheer.

Today is like heaven on earth, a day that I was afraid Gavin wouldn’t make it to, a milestone in his journey. It makes me believe that the odds of him making it to transplant is more than the 50%, that it’s 100%, nothing can stop us now! We have him and there is no way I am giving him back! We believe in miracles…we have two of them with chocolate kiss eyes and shiny red cheeks with smiles that can melt your heart. May your Holiday be bright and filled with love and joy, I have some snuggle time to get to, Disney Christmas is on – that crazy Donald, and we are tracking Santa on the internet. Right now Santa is in Peru! We have been blessed with many blessings, may you be too! Peace and love, The Winslows


Thank you Gino Salomone!

Every now and then someone suddenly comes into our lives and steps up to the plate for Gavin. This week it was Gino Salomone, the host of WKTI 94.5 FM’s The ‘KTI Morning Show and the staff on the television program, The Morning Blend, who aired Gavin’s story and urged people to help him. Gino has taken Gavin’s cause so close to heart that he himself asked people to donate instead of Christmas gifts this year, which is so incredibly thoughtful and generous!

We appreciate all that you have done and are doing on behalf of Gavin. Thanks Gino, you prove the power of one can be very powerful! May all good things come your way!

Jill Winslow, Gavin’s mom

Reminder: Sign up for self-defense seminars held on January 6, 2007

This is a reminder to please sign up for the upcoming self-defense seminars to be held at the Krav Maga-Milwaukee studio located at 17000 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield on Saturday, January 6, 2007. ALL proceeds from these seminars go to Gavin’s fund. Tickets for each seminar are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For tickets, contact: Kurt at 262-412-3757. You can help save Gavin by learning how to save your own life using the special techniques taught by experts.

The two seminars available are:

Defense vs. Common Street Attacks – 10:00 a.m.-Noon – Krav Maga Milwaukee will prepare you for the realities of violent street assaults and how to protect yourself with the most practical and efficient means available.

Defense from the Ground – Noon-2:00 p.m. – Krav Maga Milwaukee, with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert Jon Friedland, will introduce you to the dangers of ground fighting and how to maximize your chance of survival in this dangerous environment.

To view the event flyer, click here.

Thank You to the Lake Mills American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary

Sweet baby Gavin has just received the happy honor of being selected, by the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary of Lake Mills, to attain a $500 donation for his fundraising campaign. Just as we will never forget your service and dedication to America, so too, we will never forget your kindness to baby Gavin. Thank you all so very much for your distinguished advocacy. We are grateful!