Outlive Yourself : Stories & Updates

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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Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Taylor's Gift Scholarship, Presented by NIKE North America Merchandising

Posted by Taylor's Gift Foundation

13

Jan

2017


Applications for the 2017 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship are now open!

Since 2011, Taylor’s Gift Foundation has awarded scholarships to a total of 25 high school seniors who have gone above and beyond their academics and athletics, and made a truly positive impact in the world around them. We are thrilled to announce that NIKE North America Merchandising will be presenting the Taylor’s Gift Scholarship for the second year in a row. Read the history of Taylor’s Gift Scholarships.

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Topics: The Taylor's Gift Scholarship

Waiting With Hope: My Liver Transplant Story

Posted by Guest Writer

09

Jan

2017

Written by: Rhonda Fenske, Liver Transplant Recipient

I have a friend and his name is Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Savior, and He is with me everywhere I go. He knows my every thought, need, and concern; moreover, He is my guiding light that leads my life. Sometimes, I have to wait for his answers, and sometimes, I am unsure of what His answers will be. However, He always knows what’s best for my life.

On May 1, 1971, I was diagnosed with a rare cholestatic liver disease called Alagille Syndrome. At that time, there were only thirteen cases in the world. Still today, Alagille Syndrome is considered to be very rare. With this disease, I had severe itching, jaundice, prominent facial characteristics, stunted growth and it affected my entire body. All the specialists at Rainbow Baby’s and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Ohio addressed the medical issues as they occurred. However, my parents were told that I would likely not live to see up to or around 3 years of age. While the Lord knew His plans for my life, I had to wait for His answer. Living with Alagille Syndrome was never easy. I spent many months in and out of the Rainbow Babies And Children’s Hospital having to go through many surgeries. My parents spent many days and nights helping me deal with severe itching and scratching all over my body and to deal with the fatigue resulting from this disease. Taking short naps in grade school, was not an uncommon event for me and as I got older, my liver disease progressed. My eyes became more yellow, and my skin had a golden appearance as if I had a tan with very dry skin.

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Topics: Transplant Recipient Stories

How Will You "Outlive Yourself" In 2017?

Posted by Emily Allbright, Executive Director

03

Jan

2017

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Will You Make a Difference With Your 2017 New Year's Resolution?

Posted by Guest Writer

29

Dec

2016

Guest Writer: Christy Setzke

New Year’s Eve always comes with the inevitable question of, "What is your New Year’s Resolution?" This year, why not make a resolution to make a difference and become an organ donor?

As of the last week of December, there are 119, 390 people in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. From that number, 76,811 of those waiting are on the active list, which means the transplant candidate is eligible to be considered for organ offers. Some transplant candidates are temporarily classified as “inactive” by their transplant center because they are medically unsuitable for transplantation or need to complete other eligibility requirements.

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In Loving Memory of Patricia Winters: The Gift of Friendship and Taylor's Gift of Life

Posted by Guest Writer

19

Dec

2016

Note from Taylor's Gift Foundation: On December 19, 2013 we mourned the loss of a dear friend, and the recipient of Taylor's heart, Patricia Winters. In her memory we are honored to have the opportunity to share a touching story from her lifetime best friend, Debra. This is a blog post that was originally posted on December 18th, 2014.

Written By Debra Salac, Best Friend to Patricia Winters (Taylor's Heart Recipient)

Two teenage girls working in a small drugstore. That is how my friendship with Patricia Navarino-Winters began. We were 16 year old girls who, oddly enough, both drove Silver Datsun 210’s and bonded over the love we had for them. We pulled all-nighters eating Taco Bell and sharing the endless hopes and dreams we had for our lives. And mostly, we laughed.

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Topics: My Stories

A Double-Lung Transplant Recipient On Living a Joyous Journey

Posted by Guest Writer

15

Dec

2016

Written by Nicole Brewer, Double-lung Transplant Recipient

(Note from Taylor's Gift Foundation: This blog post was originally posted on January 14th, 2016 on TaylorsGift.org/blog.)

I received a second chance at life on April 17, 2008, when I received a new pair of lungs. My story is a little ironic;  I was a collegiate soccer player who loved to continuously run up and down the soccer field, but life had a different plan for me, and it continues to be a journey of joyous unknowns. 

Like many transplant recipients, my husband and I have been on quite a journey! I’ll give a short synopsis of my disease and what led to having a double lung transplant and this second chance at life. But the thing is, this journey is not over. There are many unknowns. But there is an abundance of life and love.

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Topics: My Stories

The Season of Giving: Celebrating Life Through the Holidays

Posted by Emily Allbright, Executive Director

12

Dec

2016

The month of December is always a joyous celebration of the past year’s accomplishments and a cheerful look forward into the new year. During this time of celebration, we give of our time and resources to our closests friends and loved ones in the form of time spent together, meals shared, and gifts given.

During this season of giving there are so many ways to give, will you consider giving a gift that keeps on giving after the holidays end?

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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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