Outlive Yourself : Stories & Updates

The 12 Days Of Polish: Original Taylor Blue Nail Polish Signed by Your Favorite Celebrities!

Posted by Ashley VanBuskirk

08

Dec

2016

 

Introducing...the 12 Days of Polish! 

We are introducing 12 different celebrity signed bottles of the original Taylor Blue nail polish on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram every day until December 17th!

Don't miss out on purchasing the beautiful Taylor Blue nail polish featuring an autograph from your favorite celebrity! 

All proceeds from the purchase go to support the mission and work of Taylor's Gift Foundation. 

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To the Mother of My Son's Organ Donor

Posted by Guest Writer

05

Dec

2016

Written by: Kate Harris, Originally posted on Today.com

When my son, let’s call him Mr. Snuggles (he’s the snuggliest little love bug you’ll ever know), was seven weeks old, he suffered several episodes of acute cardiac arrest before ending up on life support, and, eventually, a Berlin Heart pump.

We were told his heart would never function properly on its own again. He needed a transplant. He is our first child, so while navigating the maze of hormones and sleeplessness that is new motherhood, I was then faced with the fact that I might lose this brand new infant into which I had poured my very being. And no one knew why.

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Topics: Transplant Recipient Stories

Fighting Finn: A Mother Shares Her Son's Story of Miraculous Life

Posted by Guest Writer

01

Dec

2016

Written by Kelly Blumenthal, Finn's mother

Finn was born on January 2, 2015, with a rare combination of heart defects. He spent the first 8 months of his life at UVA Children's Hospital in Charlottesville, Va enduring 10 surgeries including one open heart surgery. 

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Topics: Talking About Organ Donation

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Posted by Emily Allbright, Executive Director

28

Nov

2016

Thanksgiving will always stand as a reminder to be grateful for even the smallest blessings. In this season of giving thanks, we are constantly reminded to be thankful for health, friendship, family, and yes - for the second chances offered because of those who have said YES to organ donation.

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Topics: Legacy Gift Program

Giving Thanks: A Letter to My Donor

Posted by Guest Writer

24

Nov

2016

(Written by: Tim Goulding, liver transplant recipient)

To my donor: 

We were introduced a year ago today in tragic circumstances.

Immediately we became as intimate as humanly possible. You have traveled with me since then through thick and thin; through times of grave distress and pain and in times of unbounded gratitude.

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#GivingTuesday: November 29th, 2016

Posted by Ashley VanBuskirk

17

Nov

2016

What is #GivingTuesday?

Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday started as a movement to kick off and encourage the giving season. #GivingTuesday is a campaign that creates a national day of giving for the holiday season and celebrating charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.

Learn more at GivingTuesday.org

Join the Movement: Give on #GivingTuesday!

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Topics: Special Announcements

How Life Changed My Perspective On Organ Donation

Posted by Ashley VanBuskirk

14

Nov

2016

   

Written by Diane Lightbody

      I’ve been an organ donor for years, but it wasn’t a decision I made early in life.  When I was first asked if I wanted to be listed as a donor, I declined.  I was a teen getting my driver’s license.  At that time in my life the thought of organ donation, quite frankly, freaked me out.  I had horrible images and thoughts that would pop in my head about donation – and I did not want any part of it.  (Did I mention I can’t watch horror movies – even now?)  Yep.  I am a bonafide, card-carrying wimp when it comes to anything remotely horror-ish, and, at that time, organ donation was squarely in that compartment in my brain.  As I gained more life experience I began to see that my fears about donation were completely unfounded.  (If you have any fears, doubts, or questions, I highly recommend researching on TaylorsGift.org, or donatelife.net, both of which debunk common misconceptions and provide information about organ donation.) 

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A Lasting Legacy: What Taylor's Garden Means to Me

Posted by Guest Writer

10

Nov

2016

 

Written by: Erin Hellmuth, Coppell Middle School East PTO President

In the spring of 2010, just weeks after the Storch’s lost their beloved Taylor, Taylor’s Garden went from an idea to a reality. The garden was dedicated on Taylor’s 14th birthday, just a little more than a month after her tragic death.  Although we were all filled with grief, there was a peace during the dedication ceremony that, for a moment, covered over the deep wounds of loss.  Taylor’s Garden quickly became a place of covering, of refuge, of rest, and of peace for not only for the students of Coppell Middle School East, but for the whole community.

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A Life-Giving Gift: How My Friend Received a Second-Chance at Life

Posted by Guest Writer

07

Nov

2016

"Don't take your organs with you into heaven. They are needed here on earth." (Anonymous)

It all began almost 10 years ago when my best friend, who I have known since I was three years old, started having issues with her kidneys. They had stopped working because of a genetic disease and she was now in need of a kidney transplant. She would not be able to survive very long without new kidneys.  

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An Incredible Night - The 2016 Outlive Yourself Awards

Posted by Ashley VanBuskirk

04

Nov

2016

Last night, nearly 300 guests joined in celebrating Kathy Aulson and Robin Bagwell, the two Outlive Yourself Award honorees, at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas. The event was presented by Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute and all funds raised from the event went to support the work and Taylor's Gift mission of Regifting Life, Renewing Health, and Restoring Families. One area that proceeds will assist with is the organization’s Legacy Gift program. The program was established to provide financial assistance to individuals and families touched by organ donation and assists with needs such as burial expenses, utilities, rent, and more. By providing this level of support to the donor families, Taylor’s Gift Foundation works to help those who are facing immediate need.

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