COPPELL (CBSDFW.COM) – The memory of Taylor Storch of Coppell lives on. On this first day of the new year, it was fashioned in flowers on the Donate Life float at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
Watching a video of the float passing by, Tara Storch pointed to the image and said, “We love that picture.”
“When we lost Taylor in a ski accident in March of 2010, we were given the privilege of donating her organs,” she said.
That donation has now turned into a national foundation called Taylor’s Gift.
Tresha Glowacki said, “It changed my life.” She met the Storches when Taylor died and soon became a family friend.
When Taylor’s Gift was launched, Glowacki found herself looking to help find a donor for Jun Choi, a 13-year-old whose kidneys had failed.
“His life expectancy without any kidneys is 18 months. So, you can do the math on that. And unless a miracle happened….” she said with her voice trailing off.
The miracle happened and that miracle was her. Others had been tested but she was the match. And, at age 42, Tresha Glowacki, donated a kidney to Jun.
“It was just something like a direct job from God. I don’t know how else to say it,” she said.
Jun, who’s 15 now, is like one of her own children now. “A blessing. Absolute Blessing,” she said with a smile.
Taylor’s Gift foundation registers donors. But this year, they hope to do much more. “We’ll be able to help people with all sorts of financial needs that comes with this,” said Tara Storch.
“It could be a house payment for a month. It could be medication. If they’re not able to afford their anti-rejection medication three years after. Because you have to take that the rest of your life,” Todd Storch said.
Their goal is to raise $100,000 this year. Their next goal is to raise $250,000. Then, they hope to raise a million dollars.
What they hope others give the most is the gift of life, which as Tara Storch puts it “lives on.
“Taylor’s heart has never stopped beating which is beautiful and powerful and breathtaking,” she said.
For more information on how to become an organ donor or to donate a financial gift, log onto TaylorsGift.org.
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