"During a weeklong offsite that included guest speaking appearances by high profile authors, athletes, and coaches, Todd moved and inspired the audience to a whole new level. The resulting engagement and "call to arms" to give back and invest in our own team and culture was incredible. The entire experience was one that will have very long lasting impact on the organization."
- Hans George, Vice President of Merchandising, North America - Nike, Inc.
“The feedback received from the kids was truly outstanding. I think the biggest impact was the inspiration that they saw and felt from Todd. The presentation was awesome and the chart from “passion to talent” was very insightful to the kids. I think many of the students were amazed by how many people the foundation has touched and how it started very small and has had unbelievable growth and success. I think many of the students were impacted by seeing and feeling the passion of starting something you truly believe in and then using that to make a difference in the lives of others.”
- Susie K, Facilitator – Teen Leadership Coppell
"'One of the best programs this year,' '[Tara] was a great presenter,' 'Really enjoyed [Tara's presentation],' and 'Glad we had a chance to learn about organ donation and how to become a donor!'"
- Board Members – Coppell Women's Club
"I can't tell enough people about this amazing family. The Taylor's Gift book is a fast read and so beautifully written. Thank you for their story."
"Amazing story they shared. One of the best patient testimonials I have heard regarding organ donation."
"The most inspiring patient/family experience I've ever witnessed."
"It was a powerful inspirational story about organ donation, giving life, and renewing Hope from a donor family!"
- Attendees from the 2014 International Transplant Nurses Symposium
"I have never had a room of over 1000 of our members sit in dead silence...Powerful, impactful, moving, inspirational...Tara touched our members in a profound way as she spoke of her story, organ donation and how we as sorority women can make a difference, strive for greatness, and outlive ourselves."
- Marnie C, District President - Zeta Tau Alpha
“Inspired, motivated and eager to learn more, several audience members became donors after the presentation and we received several inquiries for more information. I had no idea when I planned the presentation that so many people would reach out to share their own organ donation stories..I was completely overwhelmed by the positive response and felt blessed to have been able to provide a platform for Taylor’s Gift to share their message.”
- Mischell E, American National Bank of Texas
“I think it was very helpful for the critical care staff to actually hear testimony from a donor family AFTER their organ donation experience. The staff only sees the family during their current state of devastating loss and I think hearing Taylor’s story helped the staff see just how helpful donation can be for the donor family as well as the recipient family.We actually have had ICU staff retelling Taylor’s story to some potential donor families. I think Taylor’s story will help other donor families through their journey and help them to make the decision to give the gift of life.”
- Tasha H, Donation Clinical Specialist – LifeGift
“The presentation exceeded my expectations. The audience was inspired and motivated to both continue caring for our dialysis patients, as well as encourage personal and professional acquaintances to enroll as organ donors and talk about organ donation with their friends and family.”
- Christina D, Director of Operations - Fresenius Medical
"The message given and example set by Mr. Storch and the Taylor's Gift Foundation allowed the community of Brackettville to find the hope of healing. After experiencing great tragedy, it was incredible to come together and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones, while resting in the joy we have in knowing that God is faithful and has a purpose for the pain. We will never be able to thank Taylor's Gift enough for helping our community to glorify God in the midst of hardship and seek Him through sorrow."
-Leslie A, FCA Student Leader - Brackett High School
"Tara's speech was so inspirational and engaging and everyone who attended loved it! It was amazing for our members to hear about this incredible organization, their story and mission. It helped us all to think about how we can outlive ourselves and leave our legacy."
-Amy Q, Chief Panhellenic Officer - Kappa Alpha Theta (University of Oklahoma)
“Having Todd and Tara speak to our College about organ donation exceeded our expectations. We are a total denying culture and so for our students to hear a personal story of loss and how organ donation impacted not only the recipients, but also the family…..was powerful! “
- Jennifer B, Professor – Collin College
“Thank you for presenting to our staff. Your presentation hit home with the audience in a very personal and introspective way. Your speech has educated our staff from the donor family perspective on donation, and how they can improve communication with families. Your comments will be remembered for years to come, and you motivated our staff to continue the great work they do! I had several people tell me after that they were inspired, and they also went onto your website. I saw two ladies with Taylor Blue nail polish on too!”
-Alicia A, Donor Family Services Manager – New York Organ Donor Network
“Todd and Tara provided a truly moving experience for a room full of people (critical care nurses, doctors, organ donation specialists) who had seen parts of their story but never the whole story. Their openness and honesty about what a donor family goes through after they leave the hospital has been eye opening and comforting. Todd and Tara brought such a renewed sense of purpose. It was a great reminder that this is why we do what we do. The Of Course moments are what get people through!”
- Nicole F, Registered Nurse III, CCRN, JPS ICU
"Todd did an amazing job speaking to our group of 9 to 99-year-olds. He challenged everyone to find a way to impact the world and "outlive yourself." His focus for our audience was specifically about the power of writing -- as a personal endeavor and as a way to connect with the world. He provided advice as well as inspiration. Excellent speaker with a great message."
-Elizabeth C, Writing Competition Coordinator - Coppell Independent School District
In April 2010, after spending years building a family and successful careers, Todd and Tara Storch were faced with the sudden tragedy of losing their oldest daughter, Taylor. Amidst the grief, confusion, and heartache, the couple made the decision to pursue a calling towards something bigger than they could ever imagine. Accepting their God-given mission to promote organ donation awareness, they embraced their life’s purpose and co-founded Taylor’s Gift Foundation, less than a month after the death of their daughter.
After sharing their story on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and other national and international media, countless individuals throughout the world have been touched by their inspiring story of hope, encouragement, and renewed perspective.
In April 2013 their first book, “Taylor’s Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope” hit the shelves nationally, winning a "Books for a Better Life Award" for the Inspirational Memoir category in March 2014.
Tara Storch, is first and foremost a wife and mom. Including Taylor, she is mother to son Ryan, and daughter Peyton, She is married to her college sweetheart, Todd. They live in the Dallas area.
As co-founder of Taylor’s Gift Foundation, she utilizes her experience as a marketing professional, award-winning author and community leader to make an impact on the world around her. She holds a Marketing degree from Texas A&M University.
Opening up about her journey of finding hope and purpose after the loss of her daughter Taylor, she is an inspirational public speaker and speaks across the nation.
Sharing her journey on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Ellen Show, People Magazine and other national and international media, she brings a message of inspiration that is touching lives around the world.
Tara volunteers her time to the foundation by serving as Secretary on the board of directors and supporting all marketing efforts.