Austin Wahlert with daughter Raegan
Jennifer McDaniel, Courtesy of Austin Wahlert

My wife and I had dinner with Austin Wahlert, his wife Justine and their daughter Raegan about a week ago.  Austin told me about this song he had written for Raegan called, "Daddy Would Give You His Heart".

Raegan was born with Down Syndrome and a heart defect. She had to have open heart surgery at 3 months old. She is doing great now. Raegan is an amazing little girl and Austin and Justine are amazing parents. I have such respect for them.

Austin's dream would be for Garth Brooks to record the song.  He told me that Garth's decision to take a decade and a half off to raise his children was a huge inspiration. We are proud that Austin will perform the song for us during the 28 Hours of Hope this year.

Check out this YouTube video of the song, "Daddy Would Give You His Heart".  The video features Austin and his family, including his beautiful daughter Raegan.

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