Taylor’s Story

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.

Her parents, Todd & Tara, 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.

Taylor’s organs went to a number of different people in need: her heart to a 39-year-old mother of two in Arizona; her pancreas and one kidney to a 49-year-old husband and father in Colorado; her other kidney to a 33-year-old man in Colorado; her corneas and liver changed two other lives in other parts of the country. Taylor’s Gift Foundation was created to honor Taylor’s many talents and gifts, and especially her ultimate gift: life for others.

Although her life ended too soon, her spirit lives on. Taylor’s Gift strives to increase organ donation through its mission to Regift Life, Renew Health and Restore Families. Taylor’s life and her passing have already inspired thousands of people from around the world to become organ donors themselves. Taylor was able to give the gift of life to a few and in turn, impacting many who will need it in the future.

The following is a poem written by Taylor just before leaving for Colorado with her family in March of 2010.


I am outgoing and friendly.

I wonder how long is forever.

I hear support from my family whenever I need it.

I see myself helping people in every way I can.

I want to be on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

I am outgoing and friendly.

I pretend I can do anything I want to.

I feel touched by the generosity of my sister.

I touch people’s lives.

I worry about failing.

I cry at the thought of losing a member of my family.

I am outgoing and friendly.

I understand how to make people feel happy.

I say with pride that I am Christian.

I dream about becoming a teacher.

I try to make every day like my last.

I hope to become successful in life.

I am outgoing and friendly.

-Taylor Paige Storch

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