Supporters come to aid of Bedford boy, 5, with weekend benefit

BEDFORD -- Five-year-old Gavin Gibson's happy face hides the trauma that his body has been enduring almost since birth.

A staph infection took his left hip when he was 2 weeks old. Since then, he has had three to four surgeries a year on his hip area.

Just before Christmas, Gavin -- the oldest triplet of Bedford police Sgt. Jeff Gibson and his wife, Melissa -- was found to have a brain tumor the size of a softball. Surgeons removed the tumor in late December, but Gavin was left blind in one eye and partially paralyzed on his right side. He has had 12 surgeries since.

"With the extent of his medical history and all he has gone through, he's still a very happy kid," Jeff Gibson said. "He does have an attitude once in a while."

But Gavin still faces more surgeries and hours of therapy, and the Gibsons face mounting medical bills.

Relatives and friends are coming to their aid.

A Giving for Gavin benefit is planned for Saturday at Texas Harley-Davidson in Bedford, featuring a motorcycle fun run, auction and bike show to raise money for Gavin and his family.

The event at 1839 Airport Freeway is being sponsored by the Bedford Municipal Police Association and the Bedford Professional Firefighters Association.

"The police association came to us and asked for him, so here we are," said Bedford fire Lt. Scott Brown, president of the local firefighters association. "Some people have seen the fliers about this as far away as Springtown."

Bedford officer Zach Hicks, vice president of the local police association, said his sergeant was surprised when he heard that the event was being organized.

"He was very appreciative," Hicks said. "It was something that we felt was a worthy cause."

Melissa Gibson said the support has been overwhelming.

"People kept asking us what could they do for us, and we kept saying we were doing OK," Melissa Gibson said. "We never expected anything like this."

Gavin has had at least two helpers by his side from Day One: brothers Garrett and Gannon.

"They bring him toys and they help him walk around the house," Jeff Gibson said. "It's a learned behavior with them, because they've been doing that for years now."

Garrett knows what it takes to care for his brother.

"We've been to lots of hospitals," he said.

As for Gavin, his smile comes quickly.

"I'm fine," the boy said one recent afternoon.

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