Gregory says he faced his own difficulty growing up. His mother died in childbirth, a tragedy that he says influenced his decision to adopt. Andy was also inspired by his mother, who died about 10 years ago. "In the final six months, when we spent a lot of time together, that was what turned me around about adoption," he says. "It became more and more evident to me that she had given so much and I wouldn't be here if not for her. I thought, 'Now it's my turn to do this for some children of our own.'"