Thank You Darlington!

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”…Mitch Albom

The wonderful community of Darlington have lovingly devoted themselves to helping our sweet baby Gavin. On Saturday March 3rd, they continued their devotion by holding a special benefit in his honor.

Due to the generosity of these incredible people, the benefit raised an amazing $15,000 for Gavin’s fund. Between this benefit and collection canisters in the area, the devoted citizens of Darlington have raised close to $20,000 to help give our darling baby a second chance at life.

There are some special thank yous to extend to those involved with Gavin’s Darlington benefit:

A very special thank you to Jay’s parents, Nancy and Dean Winslow, and the entire Winslow family for planning the benefit.

Another special thank you goes to Ranch House Lanes for hosting the event.

Many thanks to the Wiegel family and friends for donations and contributions.

We are so thankful to everyone who donated an item, volunteered, provided entertainment, purchased an item, came to the event, and supported Gavin. The event was perfect and exceeded our wildest expectations.

As always, we are endlessly grateful to the special Darlington community for their prayers, donations, and support for Gavin and his family. There are no words to express our appreciation for your continued love and devotion to Gavin.

Thank You to Our Littlest Angels

One of the sweetest sites under heaven had to be the Ft. Atkinson Preschool and Childcare children conducting their “nickel war” from February 19th through February 28th on behalf of sweet baby Gavin. Together, these darling angels raised $429.51. But, that is not the end of the story. Ms. Kay Sweet, their lovely instructor, decided to add her personal donation to baby Gavin’s campaign fund, bringing their total to an awe-inspiring $500.

The word angel comes from the Greek word, “aggelos” and means “messenger”. We graciously thank these extra-special, extraordinary “messengers” for working so hard to tell sweet baby Gavin’s story, and for their deep love in embracing his unfolding destiny. We are grateful!

A Special Thank You from Gavin’s Mommy

I’ve sat at my computer probably ten times trying to find the right words to say. The words that could convey how much it means to us to know that Gav won’t have to worry about the financial cost of his disease, and what a relief it is to know that he will never be denied anything because we don’t have the financial weight to back us. Thank you to everyone who was inspired by his journey and donated, volunteered, prayed and/or shared their story with us. It has been a journey, one that will last a lifetime and each component of it will stay with us always!

Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this point! It means so much to us and to Gav. He has had many blessings in his life, and this is another one! May all good deeds come full circle and may you be equally as blessed and have the pleasure of knowing how blessed you are!

We will throw a celebration during the summer to thank all of you when it’s nice outside and there aren’t so many illnesses to spread! Details to come!


A Fairy Tale Ending

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
—- Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

When sweet baby Gavin was born we asked God to change the medical facts of his body. But we learned, at least for the moment, that that wish could not be granted. So instead we prayed for strength, for hope, for courage and God gave us each of you.

You have made things different, through your prayers, your kindness, your compassion, and your generosity. Thank you for allowing us to fall into your arms. We will never exhaust your inspiration.

We will always remember how, oh so very much, you all loved sweet baby Gavin.

Jane Schwalbach, Gavin’s Grandmother and Gavin Winslow Campaign Chairperson

Kettle Moraine Students Earn Gold Stars

An innovative Social Studies final exam had some Kettle Moraine high school students creating and customizing projects that would make a difference, implementing those projects, and finally, reflecting upon their project’s effectiveness.

Certain groups and individuals chose to construct various fundraising projects for sweet baby Gavin. Together they raised a glittering $2,185.00.

The students hosting these projects included:

Alison Hablewitz
Austin Poker
John Johnson
Katlyn Vogel
Jenna Chirillo
Shanley Bodoh

Kylie Yagoda along with the community of St. Anthony on the Lake, located at W280 N2101, Highway SS in Pewaukee contributed $1,485.00 to the total.

There were also twelve other students who participated in these projects that wished to remain anonymous.

Thank you all so very, very much for choosing to become a part of the very deep and delicate chain of baby Gavin’s life. You truly are his “golden stars.”