Sharing the 'Outlive Yourself' Spirit - Painting it Forward with Taylor Blue

Written by Zoey M, Friend of Taylor’s Gift 

Last year for my Bat Mitzvah, I had the opportunity to organize a project that would help to make my community - or world - a better place. I knew instantly that I wanted to support Taylor’s Gift Foundation and organ donation, but - wanting to do something unique - I was having a hard time deciding how to go about it. Then, I found out about Taylor Blue nail polish, and the decision was easy: I wanted to set up a booth to Paint it Forward with Taylor Blue and share how Taylor not only improved the lives of five people through organ donation, but how her story continues to inspire hope in the lives of people around the globe.

Painting it Forward with a Purpose

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A Student with a Serving Heart: June Volunteer of the Month

With it being graduation season and the beginning of summer, we thought it would be fun to celebrate June's Volunteer of the Month with a student volunteer. A big thank you goes out to John Blizzard! 

A Gift to Taylor’s Gift

John is an incredible young man who last year graduated from our local high school, leaving to attend Pepperdine University in California. Wanting to help at one of our events in our first year, he reached out to help and immediately became a part of the Taylor's Gift Foundation family.

Before John left for college, he was consistently volunteering at all of our events. Noticing his serving heart and natural traits of leadership, organization, and responsibility, we quickly asked if he would be interested in helping the foundation run several small events happening around town. 

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YOU Have the Power to Make an Impact - Will You 'Outlive Yourself'?

Photo Credit: Live Life Happy

Written by Mitchell Savage, Volunteer and Advocate for Taylor’s Gift

In 1987, my father heard those dreaded words: “Your heart will not beat much longer. We believe your only chance is a transplant.”

My dad was a young man in the 50’s and 60’s when smoking was glamorous. Though he did quit, the damage was done before the Surgeon General got his way on to the labeling of cigarette packs. Heart disease, coupled with his workaholic personality brought him ongoing heart problems, two massive heart attacks, and finally… a place on the transplant waiting list.

It’s Time to Ditch the Stigma

Today, that waiting list has grown to more than a hundred and twenty thousand people – all awaiting the precious gift of a renewed opportunity just to keep alive. Nearly 50 years after Christian Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant, why is organ donation not commonplace? With the ability to save lives at our fingertips, why do 18 people die each day awaiting an organ?

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Making an Impact: Corporate Giving Gets Personal with Xerox

Written by Kim Hart and Penny Savage, Xerox Corporation

Kim Hart is a busy wife, mom, and full time employee at Xerox. Being a part of her local community and church, she was touched by the Storch family's story. The loss of Taylor and the foundation that followed ignited her desire to make a difference, and she nominated Taylor's Gift for the company's community involvement program. Making the connection even more personal, her co-worker Penny Savage had been personally touched by organ donation through her husband Sam’s heart transplant and wanted to share their story! Kim and Penny believe that "organ donation helps us Outlive Ourselves through the best gift of all… Life."

Sometimes we feel like little hamsters running, running, running on those never ending wheels. We get so caught up in the day-to-day life that we don’t even realize that we’re running in circles. That is, until something happens… something that makes us STOP. Suddenly we’re forced to put everything “important” down, and simply be still.

Four years ago, over Spring Break, I got a slew of urgent prayer requests on Facebook; emails from church friends and neighbors from around town flooded my inbox. In a matter of hours, everyone in town was praying for the Storch family; I immediately recognized the name - it was a wonderful family that I recognized from church. The news was bad, and hearts were heavy. A beautiful girl by the name of Taylor Storch had been injured in a tragic ski accident.  

When Tragedy Hits, Hope Rises

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Living Proof for the Gift of Life


We are so excited to announce that May’s Volunteer of the Month is... Larry Hediger! "Liver Larry", as we've lovingly nicknamed him, is a five year liver recipient and a true treasure to us at Taylor's Gift Foundation. Larry, thank you so much for all you do!

Called to Connect for the Cause of Organ Donation

Being an organ recipient, Larry felt called to support Taylor’s Gift after hearing Founder, Todd Storch speak at a local gathering. Helping out at one of our first events, he has been an active volunteer with the foundation since the very beginning.

Attending almost every major event, Larry has helped us in so many capacities. Helping both in front of and behind the scenes, he is incredibly generous - always eagerto give his time and talent to help further the Taylor's Gift misson. Passionate about sharing his story, we were so excited to have Larry as a featured speaker with Founders Todd and Tara at the Collin College Distinguished Lecture Series back in October of 2013. 

We love having Larry at our events! He is always wearing a smile, meeting and interacting with participants. It seems simple, but he is making a HUGE impact for the cause of organ donation; he is living proof of the work that Taylor's Gift exists for!

Larry, you are a gift to us and we thank you for for every moment of time you have so generously given to us!

A Volunteer's Perspective

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A Faithful Family: Forever Friends

We are so excited to announce that the Volunteer of the month for April is not just an individual, but rather a wonderful family - the Quirk Family!

Kathy and Jeff - along with their children Courtney and Michael - have been volunteering with Taylor’s Gift Foundation since day one. Through their love, support, and dedication, they have faithfully served the needs of the foundation in so many ways. Words cannot adequately describe the gratitude we feel for their generous efforts.  

From the Beginning

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March Volunteer of the Month: Tori Munoz

Taylor’s Gift Foundation is proud to announce our March volunteer of the month (drum roll please)... Tori Munoz!

Tori has been involved with Taylor’s Gift since 2010 and has helped with so many behind the scenes details that it would take pages to brag on her incredible work! From the little things to the big things - and everything in between - she is always willing to help and undoubtedly gives 110% of whatever is asked of her. We always know we can rely on her and what a gift that is to us!

Volunteer, Neighbor, and Friend

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February Volunteer of the Month: Dina Conte Schulz

Taylor’s Gift Foundation is proud to announce the February Volunteer of the Month... Dina Conte Schulz!

February is the month of love, and oh how we looooove Dina! Volunteering countless hours of her time, Dina has graciously served Taylor’s Gift with her top-notch talent since the Foundation began. A seriously hard working board member, she has helped us with PR and Media in incredible ways. Read the blog article she wrote for us, The Gift of Hope.

Energy and Effectiveness

Dina is a spit-fire with lots of energy! An Emmy winning TV producer with years of experience in media, she is a truly talented volunteer. She is currently president of the award-winning media company, The Kid's Doctor.

Dina has been instrumental in guiding and leading the Storches and their family through all the media attention they and the Foundation have received through the years. She is an incredible motivator and has the best sense of humor. We don’t know what we would do without her!

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Grateful for the Help from our Special Partners

Photo: QuotesEverlasting

It takes a lot of help to get big things accomplished in the world. Making things look simple isn’t nearly as simple as it may seem. Detailed planning, a ton of hard work and great people, most importantly, are all necessary to get things moving in the right direction.

Here at Taylor’s Gift Foundation, it’s no different. Over the last few years, we have been blessed by the generosity of some wonderful people - all incredibly talented and hardworking - and we’d like to take a moment to thank them. These "Special Partners" are a group of incredible businesses who have lovingly shared our passion, selflessly given of themselves and eagerly supported our efforts. They have not only helped Taylor’s Gift accomplish countless goals and achievements, but they continue to lend a helping hand.

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January Volunteer of the Month: Marsha Skinner

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off 2014 than recognizing an incredible volunteer like Marsha Skinner! Marsha has been involved with Taylor’s Gift Foundation for almost 2 years now and she is a true treasure to our team.

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