Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Tin Man

As most of you know, Holden was born on October 11, 2011, the very Flynn friendly size of 4lbs 13oz. Shortly after, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children came to us asking if we’d be willing to share Holden’s story with the masses. Nicole and I didn’t hesitate to say yes. We found a way to take a very tough situation and remain positive. It was important to us, and we wanted others who were in the same situation to know it is possible.

The creative mind, Jon Strong of Strong Films, recorded several hours of footage, everything from doctor’s visits to playtime. What became of it was a film unlike anything we’ve ever seen (granted, I’m a bit biased).

We know many of you have already passed this along to your family and friends. We appreciate everything each of you have done for us. If you haven't had the chance, please share it. Facebook it, Tweet, or whatever it. I can recall the hours before Holden’s first surgery in January, We stumbled across a YouTube video that someone else had put up. It was named “Anna’s Story“, and it chronicled the story a 10 year old girl who had same operations Holden would be going through over the coming months and years. We cried. Not because we were grieving over Holden’s condition, but because we were so excited to see that everything was going to be okay. It helped us so much.

Chances are, someone your friends or family might know might have just been told their child will be born with a CHD. We hope that this video has passed on the idea that there is a lot to be positive about during a tough situation. That positivity we’ve carried with us the last 10 months has been our GREATEST weapon.


Of course a BIG thank you to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Strong Films for their work on this project.


  1. Incredibly moving, thank you so much for sharing. Go Tin Man! Nicole and're awesome parents.

  2. I didn't see this until now- this is an amazing video you guys. You are all incredibly strong and my thoughts are with you and the Tin Man!!

  3. Beautiful video and family. Came across your blog through baby center. We're expecting our own CHD baby boy Will in a few weeks, so this was great to see. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. This was beautiful and brought me to tears. My third child, a son, was born on Oct. 21, 2011 and underwent open heart surgery at Children's Hospital Boston when he was one week old. Watching that video brought back a flood of memories and emotions. We are so blessed to have our children. My blog documenting his journey is Feel free to "stop by."