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A Legacy Gift Story: Woman Finds Hope in Organ Donation After Husband's Fatal Brain Aneurysm

 

(Please note, this story was originally written and published on People.com)

Carlotta Williams was enjoying New Year’s Day with her children at her Franklin, Texas, home earlier this year when she received tragic news. About 30 miles away, in Bryan, her husband Brandon Baker had suffered an aneurysm while chopping wood with his friends that afternoon.

“I told his friends to get him to the hospital and I took off. I was in shock. I could not believe this was happening,” she said, recalling the drive to the facility. “I was numb, I was trying to wrap my head around everything. I was just in disbelief.”

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Join the "Outlive Yourself" Movement!

 

 

The month of April is National Donate Life Month and we're excited to continue to share different ways to get involved and share the inspiring "Outlive Yourself" message throughout this month!

Do you want to get involved and join the "Outlive Yourself" Movement? We'd love for you to join us!

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Touched by Organ Donation: Outlasting the Final Breath

My name is Jill Stephenson. I am a donor sister and mother. In July of 1982, my eleven-year old brother, J.T. was struck by a car and killed instantly. Two cars behind the one that hit him was a highway patrolman who administered CPR and saved him, temporarily.

Unfortunately, he was declared brain dead and removed from life support ten days later. Those ten days on life support helped prepare him to give the gift of life to strangers. When the doctors asked my family to consider donation we didn’t hesitate. We knew that if J.T. was able to make that decision for himself, he would have.

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April is National Donate Life Month: Join the Outlive Yourself Movement 

 

 

 

The month of April is National Donate Life Month and we're excited to continue to share the inspiring Outlive Yourself message throughout this month!

Want to get involved and participate in National Donate Life Month? We've created 3 simple ways for anyone, anywhere to get involved and help share the important message of organ donation. Click here to see our National Donate Life Month campaign webpage!  

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 4th Annual Outlive Yourself Awards!

 

Do you know an individual who is continually making a positive difference in the lives of others?

Now is your chance to recognize them!

Nominate someone today to be honored at the 4th Annual Outlive Yourself Awards on September 18th, 2018 at 3015 at Trinity Groves in Dallas, TX. 

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2017 Taylor's Gift Scholarship Recipient Shares "What 'Outlive Yourself' Means to Me"

 

 

Seven months ago, I set out on a journey that pulled me halfway across the country to Saint Louis University. To say that this adventure was always easy would be lying. Change is difficult. Moving away from family is hard. Continuously discovering and rediscovering who you are and who you want to be takes a lot of work! When we stop and really think about it though, what is all of that work for? 

 

 

 

(Gabriela Keator, pictured center, with two friends Hannah and Julia.)

I feel as though many work through life trying to be something. I cannot tell you how many times either I have asked another person or have been asked myself: “What do you want to do? What do you want to be? What is your plan?”

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Losing a Child + Marriage = One Unpredictable Journey

 

 

If you read the title of this, you will see that I used the word ‘unpredictable’. Yep, that’s right.  When a married couple is suddenly faced with the loss of a child, the whole world around them becomes unpredictable. I know this because I’ve walked it.  

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Welcome Our New Board Members!

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Taylor’s Gift Foundation is excited to announce the addition of three new board members and four new advisory board members. Please read below to learn more about our new board and advisory board members!

 

 

 

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Our 200th Legacy Gift: Supporting Organ Donor Families in their Immediate Time of Need

 

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The Legacy Gift Program is Expanding! 

 

We are excited to continue to pursue our mission of supporting every organ donor family in their time of immediate need through expanding the Legacy Gift program nationally! Our most recent Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) Partner is Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA). Taylor's Gift will now serve all organ donor families in the state of Texas through this partnership.

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