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Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review - Taylor's Gift: A Courageous Story of GIving Life and Renewing Hope by Todd and Tara Storch

In March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch's life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Knowing Taylor's caring spirit, they were sure this was what she would have wanted. Over the course of the next two years, Tara and Todd Storch connected with four of the five people who now live because of Taylor's gift. And through these encounters, the Storches have discovered unexpected blessings that are changing countless lives.

Now Tara and Todd share their inspiring story, shining a light at the end of the tunnel for those enduring the suffering of losing a loved one. Through the stories of the donor recipients, readers will discover hope in the midst of pain. Honest with their struggles, the Storches show readers that life is a gift and our response to grief is a choice. They also speak with a clear voice about the importance and the blessing of being an organ donor, telling the inspiring story of the creation of Taylor's Gift Foundation and its goals to raise awareness of the need for organ donation, to re-gift life, renew health, and restore families. They are changing the conversation around the globe that organ donation is not about death--it's about life!

 Losing a child in a tragic accident must be one of the most heartbreaking and harrowing experiences a parent can go through. In "Taylor's Gift," Tara and Todd Storch share their story of losing their beautiful daughter, Taylor, in a skiing accident and how they went about making the difficult decision to donate her organs so that others might have the gift of life.

Documenting their journey, the Storch's also intermix the stories of the five people who benefited from the gift of Taylor's heart, kidneys, corneas, liver and pancreas. These stories, as well as the story of Taylor's life, are so powerful and emotional - it is hard to imagine the suffering, and the resulting joy that was achieved through his situation.

I feel that this is an incredibly important book for it's support and encouragement of organ donation. The Storches have a wonderful website dedicated to this cause at www.taylorsgift.org - you can find information on organ donation there, and more about the foundation Taylor's parents have created to memorialize their daughter.

This is a wonderfully written tribute, and I highly encourage everyone to check it out!

Todd Storch is a successful consultant, public speaker, and community leader. After the death of his daughter, he began to pursue his new God-given mission to promote organ donation. Todd is cofounder and president of Taylor's Gift Foundation, where he and his wife, Tara, work tirelessly to help those who have been touched by organ donation. Todd is honored to lead the foundation that has helped contribute to the registration of millions of new organ donors and is still changing the conversation about organ donation. 

Tara Storch is first and foremost a mom, but she is also a sales and marketing professional, is active in her church, and is a community leader. Along with her husband, Todd, she cofounded Taylor's Gift Foundation. She leads the marketing efforts of the foundation with the mission to "increase organ donation to Regift Life, Renew Health, and Restore Families." She loves helping others recognize the beautiful gift we all have within.
Todd and Tara have shared their story on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and other national media. They are the parents of Taylor, Ryan, and Peyton, and have made their home in Texas.

Learn more at www.TaylorsGift.org.

My thanks to Baker/Revell Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

“Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”



Diane D - Florida said...

I think that one of the most heartbreaking things that parents go through, is the loss of a child. My heart goes out to them for the loss of their beautiful daughter, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for donating Taylor's organs to help other people. One of my sisters' is the recipient of a kidney donation (not Taylor's), and is now able to live a normal and healthy life.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thank you for sharing that, Diane!

Vicki said...

What a tough subject, but one we all need to think about.