Outlive Yourself : Stories & Updates

Outlive Yourself Award Honoree, Robin Bagwell Shares What the “Outlive Yourself” Spirit Symbolizes

Posted by Guest Writer

19

Sep

2016

     

     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. 

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Inspiring Hope: The Taylor's Gift Story 

Posted by Guest Writer

15

Sep

2016

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.


  1. How did you first hear about Taylor's Gift?

  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.

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Topics: Taylor's Gift - Book

How My Life Was Saved By an Organ Donor - My Five Organ Transplant

Posted by Guest Writer

12

Sep

2016

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?

Waiting and Hoping

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Topics: My Stories, Talking About Organ Donation

A Global Gift: How One Woman Discovered Taylor’s Story and Was Inspired to Act

Posted by Guest Writer

08

Sep

2016

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.

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Topics: Talking About Organ Donation

Banding Together: The Importance of Organ Donation

Posted by Emily Allbright, Executive Director

06

Sep

2016

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.

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Topics: Talking About Organ Donation

The Ultimate Gift 5K - A Taylor's Gift Event

Posted by Taylor's Gift Team

01

Sep

2016

The Ultimate Gift 5K
Benefiting Taylor's Gift Foundation
October 1 - 31, 2016

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! 

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Keeping It Simple: How Painting A Front Door "Taylor Blue" Shares a Life-Changing Mission

Posted by Guest Writer

29

Aug

2016

(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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Support Taylor's Gift Foundation On North Texas Giving Day!

Posted by Taylor's Gift Team

22

Aug

2016

This year's North Texas Giving Day is just one month away! Don't miss this opportunity to have your giving increased through the matching gift program to support the mission and work of Taylor's Gift Foundation! 

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The Most Important Lesson My Big Brother Taught Me...

Posted by Guest Writer

18

Aug

2016

 

Fifteen years ago, organ donation was not on my mind. In fact, I would never have entertained the idea of writing about it. I learned, even with my personality wanting to be in control, that life is full of curves, twists, bumps, hills, and mountains. My journey learning about organ donation began with a huge mountain on my life path, the loss of my only sibling and big brother, Todd.

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2016 Taylor's Garden Brick Paver Fundraiser

Posted by Taylor's Gift Team

15

Aug

2016

In 2010, the community in Coppell, Texas came together to create a beautiful memorial garden in memory of Taylor Storch. Since it's creation, the garden has been a peaceful place where Coppell students and residents come to relax and fellowship.

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