BRUNSWICK - While we're all thinking about what we are thankful for, WKYC Channel 3 hit the rewind button on a story that inspired us and so many of you.
The Tigues of Brunswick are a good stuff, hall-of-fame family offering a lesson in gratitude all year long.
Baby Brodie Tigue was born with a liver that didn't work.
So, his mamma Traci, who had just given him life, saved his life again 5 months later by being his living organ donor.
She donated what she called a “sliver of her liver” in a 12-hour, dual surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
Brodie turned one in May.
Now one year, post life-saving transplant later, Brodie is walking. And dancing. And all over the place.
A lot of healthy baby Brodie "Good Stuff/Good Vibes" going on, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.
"It’s been milestone after milestone! This little guy just keeps moving! Now he just gives me mamma toddler heart attacks. When he falls and bumps and bruises and it’s all the normal good stuff right?” said Traci Tigue.
She smiles with the benefit of hindsight being 20/20 when she says “As we go through all these things we've recognized what an amazing gift we've received and why we are so blessed with organ transplantation and being able to be an organ donor to my son and save his life. There's not a day that goes by that Russ and I don't high-five each other and say we did it! We made it!"
That kind of "Good Stuff" resonated with WKYC Channel 3 viewers.
Thousands of you shared Brodie’s Good Vibe Tribe story.
There are now more than 4,000 Good Vibe Tribers following, and trying to live by, Traci Tigue's infectious positive mojo.
“The good stuff is everything. What we need to focus on to help others believe in themselves, to know how resilient that human spirit can be, what we are capable of if we lift up and love each other," said Tigue.