The Gift of Life

Twenty-one years ago, mere days before Christmas, the unthinkable occurred in our family.  In a blur of incomprehensible events, we went from planning a sweet girl’s first Christmas to stoically going through the motions of a funeral.  No words could be found to make sense of the pain and grief my brother and his wife experienced and the loss we all felt is beyond description, even to this day.

Fast forward to the loss of the Taylor Storch family.  I don’t know them personally, but I’ve watched their story unfold through my friend, Linda, and have been awed – and touched –  by the way they have honored their daughter’s life in the midst of their unthinkable loss.

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(Photo credit: K. Todd Storch)

Taylor lived her life with joy and brought happiness to all who knew her. The world lost a vibrant and gifted young person on March 15, 2010, when a tragic skiing accident changed everything for the Storch family while vacationing in Colorado. After Taylor’s parents were told that Taylor would not survive, they made a choice—a prayerful choice they knew their daughter would want.

They agreed to let Taylor give the gift of life through organ donation. Although their grief is immeasurable, the Storch family has been transformed by the hope and happiness that have been restored to other families whose loved ones have been saved by Taylor’s organs.

But the Storch family didn’t stop with the incredible gift of life to those saved by Taylor’s gift, they went on to create Taylor’s Gift Foundation to raise awareness of the need for all of us to be organ donors and share The Gift of Life.  Taylor’s Gift Foundation strives to increase organ donation through its mission to regift life, renew health and restore families.  What better gift could you make this season than to take a moment and become an organ donor?

You can learn more about becoming an organ donor and Taylor’s Gift here.

Christmas is a time for hope, light and happiness.  Sadly, it is also a time of uncertainty for many who wait in hope that word of a life-saving organ will come.  I pray no one I know ever needs to be waiting for this call.  I want to have the assurance that if I can be the one who can make a difference for someone, somewhere, I’ve taken the simple step to chose to give The Gift of Life.  I hope that you will take a moment and choose to make this your gift this Christmas season. Choose to be an organ donor.  Give the gift of hope and happiness and let your light live on in others.

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