“The Optimist” Tribute to Gunner Gillespie On Thursday, October 23, 2008 Gunner Henry Gillespie earned his wings. Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor on November 30, 2007, Gunner and his family have spent the last year on a journey to “move Gunner’s mountain.” Gunner entered this world on September 4, 2000, with a fighting spirit and a fierce will to live. Born prematurely in Robinson, IL, Gunner weighed only 1 pound 14 ounces and was 13 inches long. He was so tiny that his dad’s wedding band would slip up and down his arm. Gunner’s determination was amazing to watch and humbling to … [Read more...]