The Sailor Journey

Thank you GiGi’s Playhouse!  We love you!!

GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land is grateful to have such a strong and committed Board of Directors.  Almost a year ago we welcomed Shawn Tracey to our Board.  We asked he and his wife, Tracy, to share their story with us and we’d like to share it with you.

Shawn tells us, “Tracy and I have 2 amazing daughters, Sloan, aged 4, and Sailor, aged 6.  Our journey to GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land began in 2013 when we found out we were going to be parents for the first time. Tracey was about 12 weeks pregnant when we got the diagnosis that Sailor had Down syndrome.”

Tracey adds, “From the moment we heard the news Shawn was beyond excited, however I had a few other emotions at first.  It took me a little longer to adjust but looking back I see how silly that was.  I didn’t realize how much Sailor would teach me and I tell people all the time that she has honestly taught us more than we will ever teach her.  I tell you this, because I think the hardest thing for a parent on this journey is not having a support system for your child and yourselves.  That is why I am extremely grateful for GiGi’s Playhouse.  It is an amazing organization doing incredible things for some extra special people!  And our family is truly blessed to be a part of it.”

Shawn continues, “Before Sailor was born, we knew we were going to go on whatever journey she took us on which is why we named her Sailor.  So far, that journey has resulted in 3 major moves for medical and educational opportunities.  We knew we would do anything to ensure Sailor reached her full potential. Being a part of GiGi’s family and the extended community that surrounds GiGi’s has been the most rewarding part of that journey for us.  Not only does GiGi’s offer free educational and therapeutic programs it does so in this amazing, empowering, positive, family atmosphere.  It truly is an incredible organization that is changing lives every day.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to spend a day at the playhouse you need to.  You can’t help but walk away a changed person. Personally, I am incredibly proud and excited to be on the Board and be a small part of the success of the organization.”

-Shawn & Tracy Tracey


  1. Aline Moraes on December 13, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your history!!!

  2. Peggy kelley on December 14, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Love, love this story. God bless the Playhouse and all those that make a difference. FYI…Sailor is beautiful!!!!

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