Gavin has a 14-year-old brother that lives at home with him, as well as an older brother and sister that are in college. All his siblings fully support his efforts and do what they can to help him raise money. Gavin also has over 1,000 fans on his Facebook page, “Team Gavin Jon,” that offer constant support for his mission.
Gavin’s Facebook page is dedicated to showing others what life is like after cancer. He also enjoys posting funny things and sharing videos. He is now learning to type and his mother said he likes to leave quotes as well. Anyone visiting his page is likely to see many penguin related posts, as Gavin has a penguin obsession.
The young survivor has a message he shares with others fighting cancer – penguin power. Gavin’s mother told the Daily News what Gavin tells others.
“Keep moving forward and use that penguin power. Basically, any struggles that get in his way, he has the power of all those penguins and they help him. He thinks prayer helps and is very big into it. He prays every day for his friends and the kids he doesn’t know in all hospitals,” Louthain said. “Gavin is all about being strong.”
Gavin’s mother said he is very aware of what other cancer-stricken children go through because of his visits to Riley for checkups. She said he really likes to help other kids. In addition to raising money for St. Baldrick’s, Gavin helps with the radio songs for Riley program, donates to the Riley Cheer Fund and collects coloring books and simple toys to create care packages for other kids with sarcomas like his.
“It’s not just cancer; he wants to learn other ways to help people. We saw a homeless man and he wanted to get him a sandwich. We see everything at Riley and I think it shows him a lot of compassion too. They don’t see kids in wheelchairs or hooked up to machines, they see kids who just want friends,” Louthain said.