Gavin surgery, a Family’s Love, Incredible Community Support, and a Sign of the Power of Prayer

Ten-year-old Gavin Burns is in recovery after a major surgery that lasted several hours on Friday morning. The boy, who this community has rallied around, has a very long road ahead of him. His family will be by his side every step of the way.

Gavin was severely injured last Friday evening in a lawn mower accident. He was taken by Mercy Flight to Oishei Children’s Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to save his and leg.  He’s had several surgeries since.

He’s been in stable condition – surrounded by his family and close friends.  A family friend tells me the little boy is amazing and has been in good spirits.

Gavin’s aunt, Margo Tallarico told me Thursday afternoon, “As a family we have decided the road to take in the best interest of Gavin and the quality of life he deserves.”  The family asks for continued prayers and their privacy.

Gavin is surrounded by love – and by the hundreds of cards sent to him by friends, classmates, and strangers. Hundreds of cards offering wishes of recovery, hope, healing, and prayers.

The family saw something incredible Friday and captured the moment in these photographs, which the family has asked me to share. If you look closely you can see a cross. Right there. In Gavin’s bed. Is that incredible or what? Margo, who is very close to her nephew, said this, “We have all witnessed a miracle. This was our sign.”


His family, as you can only imagine, is devastated by the tragedy. They are very appreciative of all the thoughts and prayers coming to their sweet Gavin from so many in our amazing community.

Gavin and his family are well known and beloved in Niagara County.

This picture is heartbreaking but also such a heartwarming moment of support and love.

His family is truly amazed at the outpouring of love and support for this special little boy.

If you would like to send Gavin a card – here is the address.

Oshei Children’s Hospital
Gavin Burns
818 Ellicott Street
Buffalo NY 14203


GoFundMe set up for Gavin Burns – little boy injured in lawn mower accident.



Mary Friona


  1. Heartbreaking for a ten year old to go through? May God give Gavin & all his family the strength & encouragement to get through this. Prayers & Love?❤️

  2. I know the grandparents of Gavin and I am continually praying for the healing of Gavin’s foot and leg and praying for strength for him and his family…..

  3. To the Burns Family
    Lots of prayers and love to all of you and Gavin??????????
    Our hearts are with you
    Greg and Cheryl Ridge

  4. Sending love, prayers and positive energy for a successful surgery #gavinstrong ❤??

  5. I will keep Gavin in my prayers for healing for his foot & his leg. Prayers that God gives his family the strength to stay strong through this with him.

  6. Hey Buddy!
    Mrs Ferrari is thinking of you – ALWAYS!
    Be strong, Gavin.
    Prayers, love and wishes to the Burns Family –
    Amy Ferrari

  7. Prayers… let me know if there is an auction or fundraiser

  8. I pray God wraps His healing arms around Gavin and his family in this time of great need. Know that our Savior is in the healing business. ✝️

  9. God bless you and your family Gavin. Never lose your hope. God is with you always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ✝ ??

  10. Our prayers to a beautiful family? we wish Gavin all the best , stay strong ??

  11. God Bless You Gavin and your family. St. Peter & St Bernard Faith Formation is keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  12. Our family is praying for you, Gavin. Stay strong and positive.

  13. Gavin’s parents Jackie & Jason are very loving and supportive of each other and their children. Their devotion to each other and family ia undeniable. With God and their commitment to family Gavin will be able to achieve anything in life. God Bless

  14. Bob and family, My Prayers are with you all.
    God Bless!

  15. I don’t know you young man, but I am a grandfather of 5, be strong an always think positive, you have a lot of love surrounding you, and that will get you thru, good luck and God Bless PAPA

  16. God bless you Gavin and family.. Stay strong we will pray for you every day!

  17. To all…stay strong! Sending love, hugs, prayers. This all will work out! Blessings!

  18. Stay strong Gavin. Prayers for a full recovery and continued prayers to the entire family.

  19. Sending healing and positive vibes too this young lad… be well Gavin…xoxo

  20. My prayers are with Gavin and his family !!

  21. Sending love and prayers to you all, keep your eyes on Jesus, he will see you all thru this!

  22. Gavin, Family…… Praying, Lighting Candles For You All, Take 1 Day At A Time..God Has Your Back.. Colleen

  23. My Prayers for you Gavin to have a speedy recovery. God Bless You all. With much Love [ Justins ] Grandma Kathy

  24. Healing thoughts and prayers for Gavin and loved ones. Faith and courage that Gavin is in Gods hands? Bob, believe that Gavin is a fighter just like my Alexandra! These children are survivors and will live fantastic lives❤️?❤️

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