Written by Thomas Callan, Father of Donor
What an incredible day filled with immense generosity for not just Taylor's Gift Foundation, but for many North Texas non-profit organizations! North Texas Giving Day 2016 raised a total of $37,349,053 for North Texas non-profits and all of the contributions received will be multiplied through the matching gift program.
My best friend lost a child a few days before his second birthday. We both read a book, Jantsen's Gift, by Pam Cope. It is a true story about grief, rescue, and grace. The author, Pam, lost a son at 15 and wanted to do something meaningful in his honor. She read a New York Times article about young children being sold into slavery and she became determined to find a way to rescue these children.
Note from Taylor’s Gift Foundation team: Olivia is a young student from Ohio who is currently in the eighth grade. She read Taylor’s Gift, the incredibly courageous story written by Taylor Storch’s parents, Todd and Tara Storch, and was inspired to share the story with her teacher and classmates. We heard about this after her teacher reached out and shared Olivia’s interest. Read more about how Olivia was inspired by the incredible story of Taylor’s Gift below.
I first discovered Taylor’s Gift at a store where I saw the book. I read the summary on the back of the book and found it inspiring, and I also remember hearing about the story somewhere but could not remember where so when I saw the book, I bought it.
Topics: Taylor's Gift - Book
Please note: This story was originally published on May 27th, 2015.
Written By: Carissa Haston, Transplant Recipient
It was about midnight on March 12, 2006 when my life changed forever: I was at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center awaiting a life saving transplant. Earlier that day I had been admitted with fluctuating blood pressure and I was a scrawny 62 pounds. I had days, if not just hours, left to live.
Due to gastroparesis and chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, two gastrointestinal conditions which lead to paralysis of the GI tract, I had not eaten in 12 years. I relied on nutrition through IV lines (something known as TPN), but with so many near-fatal blood infections from the central lines, I had lost most of my veins and they were losing the ability to feed me anymore. As a complication of TPN, my liver was failing.
For 13 months I had waited for a transplant of my stomach, small bowel, pancreas, liver, and duodenum.
Photo: Carissa's Outlive Yourself Pledge is to "advocate for cures for others!" How will you #outliveyourself?
Growing up in an environment where hospitals and doctors become a part of your life can be pretty depressing. This experience has partly turned me into the woman I am now.
My mom, at 46, lost her battle with cancer when I was 15. Shortly afterward, my dad, at 66, would have needed a new heart. The doctors decided against a transplant. He went through five bypasses instead, which worked for some time until he suffered another heart attack and his organs failed.
Topics: Talking About Organ Donation
One donor can save up to eight lives. Yet organ donation is rarely discussed because of the hesitancy to discuss matters evoking the end of life. The nature of Taylor’s story has begun to transform the conversation, bringing about a shift in perception to reveal that donor registration is an empowering act of living.
Topics: Talking About Organ Donation
Did you know that most people accomplish a 5K daily and not realize it? By just by doing normal daily activities at work, taking the stairs, running errands, and more, you can accomplish 3.1 miles and not even know it!
(From top left, Susie Nichols (North American Title), Whitney Newell - (home buyer), Tobin Hartman, Victor R. Aves, Maggie Terilli, Lindsay Cleland, and Karen Cuskey-Hartman )
My mission in life is to leave the world better than I found it. I have been inspired through my work with an organization called Business Hippie, which specializes in taking ideas or concepts and creating sustainable revenue streams while making positive change in the world. Inspired by this mission, we formed Hartman Terilli Realty Group at Coldwell Banker this past January . Tobin, my husband remodels houses and Maggie Terilli and I sell the renovations as well as houses all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
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