Outlive Yourself : Stories & Updates

Taylor's Gift Scholarship Recipient Story: Going to College with a New Perspective

Posted by Alejandro Gonzalez

23

Feb

2017



Going to college comes with many exciting new things: a new environment, new friends, and most importantly, a new place to call home. Beginning a new life with more independence and new people may be difficult, but despite the many changes that take, living with an “Outlive Yourself“ spirit will continue to be one of my top priorities.

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Topics: The Taylor's Gift Scholarship

A Selfless Gift Grants New Life To Heart Transplant Recipient

Posted by Guest Writer

16

Feb

2017

Written by: Leslie Lentz

Our family’s lives were completely changed in April 2007 when my husband, at just thirty-one years old, was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure.  My husband was a former collegiate athlete and was in incredible shape. We would have never imagined that he would be diagnosed with heart failure and at the time, we did not know anything about heart disease.

I was five months pregnant with our second child and our oldest child was only five when he was diagnosed. The doctor came out, sat me down, and said to start preparing myself that he may not make it out of surgery. You can imagine how a pregnant woman with a five-year-old child might take this news, it was not a pretty sight.  Luckily, my husband made it out of surgery and we started a new and unknown phase in our lives.Our family’s lives were completely changed in April 2007 when my husband, at just thirty-one years old, was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure.  My husband was a former collegiate athlete and was in incredible shape. We would have never imagined that he would be diagnosed with heart failure and at the time, we did not know anything about heart disease.

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2016 Scholarship Recipient Story: Creating Change Starts With Taking The First Step

Posted by Guest Writer

09

Feb

2017

Written by: Brontae Williamson, 2016 Taylor's Gift Foundation Scholarship recipient presented by NIKE North America Merchandising and a freshman student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.

We all desire to leave our mark on the world, but what does that really mean? To me, outliving yourself is about creating a future, not only for yourself, but for others. For me, outliving myself has meant being able to make a difference in the lives of those around me. Through my past experiences volunteering with teens at Vista Maria (a local shelter for abused teen girls); multiple animal shelters and food banks; and traveling to Germany on a foreign exchange program, I have learned that the short relationships I build with others can make a real-world impact. My volunteer experiences have inspired me to pursue a degree in Product Design, a field where I will dedicate my life to creating products that not only improve people’s way of life, but make a difference within communities and the environment.

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Get Fit, Have Fun, and Make a Difference!

Posted by Ashley VanBuskirk

06

Feb

2017

Are you local to the Coppell, Texas area? Visit a Get You In Shape fitness class and "check in" on Facebook to help support Taylor's Gift Foundation!

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Giving Donor Families Hope And Help In Tragedy

Posted by Guest Writer

03

Feb

2017

 

Written by Noe Narro, Family Services Coordinator at Southwest Transplant Alliance

As a Family Service Coordinator for Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA), I am extremely thankful for Taylor’s Gift Foundation and the unique service they provide to our donor families through their Legacy Gift program. Each donor family I encounter means the world to me. We create a lasting bond as I assist them through a difficult time in their life, the loss of a loved one.  

During the time of a donor family’s grief, I determine what each family might need. Do they need additional grief support? Someone to just be beside them and listen? Do they have a place to stay while out of town or are they struggling to pay for unexpected expenses? My job is to be there for our families to help and guide them during their time of grief.

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Topics: Legacy Gift Program, My Stories

Join Us For The Ultimate Gift 5K - A Global Event!

Posted by Ashley VanBuskirk

30

Jan

2017

Join The Ultimate Gift 5K benefiting Taylor's Gift Foundation on April 1st-30th, 2017!

This is a “virtual” 5K that can be completed anytime, anywhere, and by any method (run, walk, bike, etc…) during the month of April. Your goal is to choose to commit to the 5K (3.1 miles.) This distance can be completed all at once, over a few days, or throughout the month. You can accomplish this goal any way! Running, biking, walking, etc… You can do it outside on your own, with others, at the neighborhood park, on a treadmill, submarine, cruise ship, etc…

Don't forget to tag us @taylorsgift #OutliveYourself and encourage others to join you as well!

Want to get fit before the race? Use our Couch to 5K plan to get moving for the Ultimate Gift 5k! Click the link below to fill out a form to download the free plan!

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How the Message of "Outlive Yourself" Inspired Me To Be A Leader

Posted by Guest Writer

26

Jan

2017

Written by: McKenna Lines, 2016 Taylor's Gift Foundation Scholarship recipient presented by NIKE North America Merchandising and a freshman student at the University of Oklahoma.

Last year when I wrote my essay application for Taylor’s Gift Scholarship, I focused on my “Outlive Myself” goal to always be a passionate leader.  To do this, I reflected on my past four years of high school and my leadership accomplishments.  These accomplishments were all very important to my involvement and successes in school and the community.  I took great pride in fulfilling my commitment to “Outlive Myself” during my high school years.

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Organ Donation Is The Answer

Posted by Guest Writer

24

Jan

2017

Written by Mary Allis Gracheck, a living kidney donor

My dad is an amazing man. He has supported and provided for his family, instilled within me a love of sports (even though I do not have an athletic bone in my body), and is a living example of how far hard work and determination will take you in life.

When my father was diagnosed with FSGS, a form of kidney disease, our family was thrown into a chaotic and confusing situation. A variety of questions continued to persist: What caused this? What are the effects? What do we do now? This journey has been challenging, but ultimately beautiful.

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What Does “Outlive Yourself” Mean? It Means Leaving a Legacy of Kindness

Posted by Ashley VanBuskirk

19

Jan

2017

Written by: Josefina Mendez, 2016 Taylor's Gift Foundation Scholarship recipient presented by NIKE North America Merchandising 

To give to others is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. Outliving myself means making a positive impact on the lives of those around me: both in big and small ways. In fact, no act of kindness is too small. I try to make it my goal every day to make another person smile, or their day a little brighter. The world is hard— there are challenges at every corner, and what, at times, seems like insurmountable mountains to climb in front of you. But no one needs to tackle his or her challenges alone. With acts of kindness, with generosity, we can all be there for each other—and make the world just a little easier. 

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A Special Bond Unites NFL Star Carson Palmer With Family of Organ Donor

Posted by Taylor's Gift Team

16

Jan

2017

 

Last year we featured a story from Karen Abercrombie on, "How My Sister, Julie De Rossi, Lived Outrageously and Outlived Herself." The story was truly inspiring and talked about the life and love that Karen's sister Julie shared with the rest of world. Within the blog post, Karen discussed how her family found out that one of the recipients of Julie's tissues was NFL Star Carson Palmer, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals at the time. 

After learning about this unique bond, Karen and her family developed a special connection to Palmer. This story was recently highlighted by the NFL in the video featured above. Watch this inspiring #OutliveYourself story of Karen and her family remembering the loving nature of their beloved Julie. 


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