“When I see him on these horses, to me it truly is God taking something that seems to be insurmountable and bringing joy and life out of things that were not expected.”

Donica Swinton

Gatlin’s Story

After a rather normal pregnancy, Gatlin was stillborn at birth. Doctors gave Gatlin’s family a dismal prognosis, but Gatlin has surpassed expectations and inspired many with his story.

About six years ago, Gatlin learned about Renew through his involvement at the Ottawa Area Center. The increased muscle tone and endurance that Gatlin has gained through equine assisted activities at Renew have also helped Gatlin in all areas of his life. Riding the horses at Renew and being involved in the programming has brought Gatlin and his family hope, joy, and a community to come alongside them on their journey.