Our Story

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a sweet family that is facing hardships that I don’t think any of us can even imagine.  Kaila and Vince met in high school in Daphne, Alabama, and that is where the story begins.  When Vince and his family moved to Gonzales, Louisiana, during their junior year, the relationship did not end but instead changed to a long distance...

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3/10/24 – Update on Gray from Children’s of Alabama


When Kaila and Vincent Ellinwood took their son, Gray, to see the ophthalmologist, the only expected outcome from the visit was a new prescription. Yet through a series... Continue Reading »

Update: February 24, 2024


www.COTAforGraysHeart.com Gray had a wonderful Christmas with his mommy, daddy, and new baby sister Skarlett, along with his dogs and cat. This year both sets of his grandparents... Continue Reading »



Update on Gray December 16th, 2023 In the summer of 2019 our 4th grandchild, Gray was born. He has always held a special place in everyone’s heart from his grandparents... Continue Reading »

Update- 12.3.23


We have so much to be thankful for during this holiday season. Gray had a wonderful Thanksgiving getting able to spend time with his grandparents from Iowa. He... Continue Reading »

11.28.23 Giving Tuesday


Happy #GivingTuesday! Todays marks a global day that celebrates the spirit of generosity and giving. We are participating in giving Tuesday today to share the story of Gray... Continue Reading »

Update For Gray 11.10.2023


Exciting news! Gray has officially been discharged from Children’s Hospital! He is now headed an apartment near the hospital in Birmingham with his parents and baby sister. It’s... Continue Reading »

Update- 11.7.2023


Gray received his new heart on October 19th.  He has had some difficult moments since then but is progressing well!  He is eating now without using the feeding... Continue Reading »

Update for Gray – 10.27.23


I am here at Children’s of Alabama with my sweet grandson Gray. Gray had a heart transplant last week. It’s still unbelievable to me and such a gift.... Continue Reading »

Update for Gray – 10.24.23


We could not be more grateful for Gray’s new heart! He is about one week post-op and getting stronger and improving every day. Thank you again for your... Continue Reading »