Granger Smith and his wife Amber took to YouTube on Wednesday (June 19) to break an understandable period of silence since the sudden and tragic June 6 death of their 3-year-old son River.
"It's only been two weeks, but it's been a journey and we're learning every day," said Granger as he thanked "the huge outpouring from country music; from Texas, specifically the city of Georgetown; from Texas A&M; and from our unbelievable fans all over the world."
Others lauded by the Smiths include parents willing to open up about their similar experiences and the first responders and hospital staff at Dell Children's Medical Center for their efforts to save River after his fatal drowning accident.
Granger also announced that $100,000 has been raised for Dell Children's Medical Center by his clothing and lifestyle line Yee Yee's commemorative Riv t-shirt.
The donation represents the Smith family's commitment to River's legacy and its advice to other parents: "Love those close to you, soak up those moments, live for today, live for the present."
"We are going to search for every bit of good that we can find in this situation—the worst situation we've been through, hopefully ever," Granger adds. "We're going to constantly search for ways that good can come out of this. That's my commitment to River's legacy."
Granger also revealed that he's returning to the road next week, and he's bringing the whole family. Due to circumstances, the "Damn Strait" singer will hold off on meet-and-greets for the foreseeable future..
"I don't think that's the best place for me to be right now," he says. "A, it's going to be strange if we have to talk about River and, B, it's going to be strange if we don't talk about River."
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