When Gavin was 23, his younger brother Brett 21 asked a vital question DOES LIFE MATTER? At the time Gavin did not recognize just how serious the question was. Brett had a beautiful girlfriend, he was earning great money and Gavin always saw him as the life of the party.
So the response to the question was all Gavin could think of "you'll be OK, it will work out" Well it didn't work out and sadly he took his life 2 weeks later, Gavin lost his brother Brett forever. (grave stone pic above)
Of course Gavin was totally devastated by the loss of his younger brother to suicide, he felt he had deeply let Brett down, as he was not able to answer that vital question when he need the answer most.
Due to the tragic loss of his brother, Gavin resolved he would find the answer to DOES LIFE MATTER? he was so moved, he would not, could not, allow his brother to die in vain.
But life was to take on a painful journey, a journey so horrendous, that the answer would be found and tested, only through the toughest trial of his life. After hearing his story, I am sure you will agree, Gavin is highly qualified to answer the question ...DOES LIFE MATTER?
As a result of a simple operation gone wrong, Gavin spent 10 horrendous years fighting through 56 major surgeries, he spent months in a coma, he lay cut open from the top of his sternum to below his belly button, for months he laid on his back, due to so many major operations. He was totally exhausted from the overuse of medication and pain killers that his body was too weak to heal, due to serious infection.
He also endured over 200 invasive catheters, to the point where his manhood and it's normal functioning was destroyed totally irreparable. He also ended up walking stooped over for years, the drugs messed up his bone structure and he eventually had to have a total hip replacement, and if that wasn't enough, he ended up having two major brain surgeries.
One of his toughest trials was spent in rehabilitation learning how to breathe, walk and talk, as well as fighting to overcome the addiction to pain killers and medication.
Though it was a horrendous experience Gavin in no way blames the Doctors or the nurses, he believes they did the best they could. Unfortunately his marriage did not survive the trials, but he has three beautiful kids that love him to death and his wife (though no longer together) is still one of his strongest supporters.
So why do we share this?
Why do we create this website? well it's because Gavin is still battling, he just never gives up, or never gives in ...(at first he did not know this website is up) but as we are write this post (January 2016) Gavin is losing heaps of weight, he is down to skin and bone and is currently fighting blindness and a whole number of issues, which I do not have the space here to list.
The question is ...HOW MUCH MORE PAIN CAN ONE MAN ALONE ENDURE? Gavin needs our support and most importantly Gavin's Amazing story needs to be told and this is where you can truly support Gavin by sharing his story to your friends and family.
You can also give of some of your resources if you choose, just press the donate button and give what you can., you can give as little as a dollar it all helps. You have two choices, stripe or Paypal. I find stripe is easier as you can use your credit card or debit card and is simpler.
Your gift will help Gavin to deal with some personal needs, he has a long way to go in his health recovery and requires expensive nutritional treatment which is beyond his current financial capacity. Due to the serious health challenges he is facing, he is not yet in a physical condition to work and requires our help.
One of Gavin's dreams is to write and publish a book with one purpose in mind to inspire and encourage others to overcome their challenges and of course it will most likely be called ...DOES LIFE MATTER?
Who are we? we are a not for profit organization called Jazzy's gift set up to support people like Gavin,
I would now like to finish with one of the most beautiful statements I have heard on the journey with Gavin
Gavin is often asked ...How did you cope? ...and Gavin always replies
I DIDN'T COPE ...I JUST CRIED LIKE A BABY AND SOMEONE CARRIED ME THROUGH IT
Cheers Greg Morton ...founder of Jazzy's Gift