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Now Accepting Nominations for the 3rd Annual Outlive Yourself Awards!

Posted by Taylor's Gift Team

02

Mar

2017

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Do you know an individual or company who is continually making a positive difference in the lives of others? Now is your chance to recognize them!

Nominate someone today to be honored at the 3rd Annual Outlive Yourself Awards on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at Union Station in Dallas, TX. 

The Outlive Yourself Awards is an opportunity to celebrate individuals and corporations that have made an extraordinary impact and truly embody the ‘Outlive Yourself’ spirit by giving back to others. The event was launched in 2015 and it is a special night that seeks to celebrate the lives and actions of inspiring individuals while also supporting the mission and work of Taylor's Gift Foundation.

Past winners include Kathy Aulson and Robin Bagwell in 2016 and Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier and Karen Cuskey Hartman in 2015. These incredible individuals were awarded for their immense impact on the lives of others through their overall dedication to going above and beyond in service to “Outlive” themselves. 

Nominations accepted until April 30th, 2017 so nominate someone today!

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Learn more about the 2016 honorees, Kathy Aulson and Robin Bagwell, below!

Kathy Aulson 

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What was your first thought after learning that you were nominated? 

Honored. Humbled. Wowed. How great to get recognition for doing something that comes naturally. I am both pleased and proud to be nominated for this award. Having worked with organ donation over the decades, I was thrilled to learn of Taylor’s Gift Foundation.  And now, even to be nominated for this prestigious award, I feel privileged.

What's one piece of advice you would give to someone on how they can "Outlive" themselves?

Whether big or small, make a difference. It will last a lifetime. They may not remember your name or even your face, but they will remember your kindness in their time of need.

An analogy I often use involves sea turtle rescue. Sea turtles return to nest in the exact place they were born, 25 years later! As a sea turtle rescue volunteer, every time I help one of the little hatchlings back to the ocean, I’m reminded that I am having an impact on what will happen in 25 years.

Life is just the same. For every patient I care for, for every family I talk to about organ donation, for every abused child or accused parent I work with, I feel I am having an impact on someone’s life for years to come. This is my legacy. Making a difference in even a single person’s life, in society, that lasts beyond my lifetime.

 

Robin Bagwell 

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What was your first thought after learning that you were nominated? 

I am honored to have been nominated for the Outlive Yourself Award. I feel undeserving of the nomination. I gave my kidney to the love of my life for partly selfish reasons. I wanted him around to share our lives together. I am blown away by the people who donate organs to strangers. I can not imagine having to make that decision when the death of a loved one occurs. It has almost been ten years since the transplant. I have been blessed to see my husband make a difference at work, in our community, and within our family during this time.

What's one piece of advice you would give to someone on how they can "Outlive" themselves?

I suggest letting people know about your desire to donate your organs upon death. I think that would make it easier on your loved ones when the time comes.

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