Outlive Yourself : Stories & Updates

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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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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