White Rock area neighbors gathered to remember Griffin and honor his short life. (Fotolanthropy)

Last summer our neighborhood mourned together the accidental drowning death of 5-year-old Griffin Shaw. This Sunday, many will be inspired by his life and the tales of compassion that followed its end, hopes filmmaker Katie Norris, a native of Lake Highlands who specializes in photography, video and groundbreaking movies about people transcending tragedy.

“Shine: The Griffin Shaw Story,” a short film produced by Norris’ company Fotolanthropy, is set to show at the Shaw’s church, Northwest Bible Church on Sunday, March 26 at the 9 and 10:35 services.

“Open to the public, this will be a meaningful service that will honor Griffin’s life and also encourage anyone who has suffered loss,” Norris notes.

Bryan and Joli Mays Shaw’s third son Griffin was born with special needs that doctors told them would prevent him from developing, walking and talking. “Yet the child worked hard to defy odds,” notes Norris, “all while displaying God’s unending joy and love to those around him.”

Last July Griffin fell into the family’s backyard pool, and despite a hard-fought struggle to live, which the family documented on CaringBridge, the boy died in Children’s Hospital in June.

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Shine: The Griffin Shaw Story | Official Trailer from Fotolanthropy on Vimeo.