2016 Outlive Yourself Awards Honorees


The 2nd Annual Outlive Yourself Awards, presented by Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute, is on Thursday, November 3rd in Downtown Dallas at the Belo Mansion.

We received numerous nominations for the 2016 Outlive Yourself Award and recently named all of our nominees. Both Taylor's Gift Foundation and the 2016 Outlive Yourself Awards Committee are excited to announce this year's honorees and look forward to celebrating their achievements this Fall. 

Learn more about each honoree below or click on this link to learn more about the 2nd Annual Outlive Yourself Awards.

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Kathy Aulson


Kathy is an ER and ICU nurse who worked on the front line of organ donation for over 30 years. She has also had the honor of caring for transplant recipients of all types, including heart, lung, kidney and liver recipients. She is a proud member of the team that cared for Dallas’ first heart transplant at Methodist Medical Center. From 2011 to 2016, Kathy and her husband owned and operated a home health care agency where they cared for patients waiting for transplant or post transplant recovery, often in under served rural locations throughout North Texas.

Kathy was also instrumental in forming the non­profit organization, The Miracle League of Ellis County, which is well on its way to reaching its funding goal to build a ballpark and playground for special needs children. When completed, children of all ages and abilities will be able to play team sports that would otherwise be impossible; raising their self­ esteem and giving them an unimaginable boost in self­ confidence.

Finally, Kathy is also an attorney who has dedicated a large portion of her career working with abused children and their families. She has been successful in bringing together children and their parents, moving them from dysfunctional to functional environments and thereby enabling children to live out more normal lives in a safe, nurturing environment.

Robin Bagwell


Robin is a “professional volunteer” who has served on multiple boards throughout Dallas including the Center for Brain Health, CARE, Nexus Recovery, Dallas Women’s Foundation, and The Elisa Project. She has contributed countless hours and resources to New Friends New Life, Highland Park United Methodist Church, and Kidney Texas. She has chaired many luncheons and raised a significant amount of money for many thankful organizations.

When Robin’s husband was diagnosed early in life with kidney disease they both knew a kidney transplant would be a reality in his near future. When the time came, she did not hesitate to sign up to be his living donor. Not once did she think about the repercussions or impact that donating a kidney would have on her own life, instead she insisted that she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her husband is alive today because of this gift.

Giving back is a part of the natural spirit of who Robin is as a person and this attitude is reflected throughout her life. For example, on her 50th birthday, she decided to celebrate by providing a free breakfast to the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at the Juanita J. Craft Center. She said that her friends didn’t want to go to another birthday event and that she would enjoy doing this a whole lot more. The kindness and generosity that Robin exemplifies is a natural overflow of her good-spirited nature.

The 2016 Outlive Yourself Awards presented by Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute, co-chaired by Saryn Dietz, Jonathan Dietz, Shaley Espinosa and Javier Espinosa, will benefit the mission of Taylor’s Gift – providing financial assistance to families who have given the gift of life. Guests are invited to enjoy a seated dinner, and unique silent auction items while celebrating the incredible individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community and truly embody the “Outlive Yourself” spirit by giving back to others.


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