I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Gracie's Trip to Boston

For those just joining this blog, my second daughter, Gracie, was born in November of 2010 with Down syndrome and some very severe and rare heart defects. After two major heart surgeries at the wonderful Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, the doctors there were unable to give us the answers we needed - the best they could do was to "buy her some time" - This was not an answer we were satisfied with and set out to find someone that could. We found Dr's Del Nido and Marx (surgeon and cardiologist respectively) at the world renowned Children's Hospital of Boston. This was our last hope to save Gracie's life, so in May we flew to Boston and with a very complicated surgery, they were able to give our girl a four chamber heart -- she is now a part of a very small group of kids with this condition that were given no hope at home, yet were able to go to Boston to be repaired. This is a little montage my wife put together of her trip. These little girls are my world and the reason I am working so hard to get healthy.


  1. That's beautiful. It was lovely watching how loving your eldest daughter is with her. Congratulations on a successful surgery!

  2. Seeing the sisters so happy to see each other started the water works with me. What a wonderful story. You're all an inspiration.