Taylor Storch states in a poem written shortly before her death that she is outgoing and friendly and that she wants to be a success in life. While Taylor’s lifetime is cut short by a ski accident, she continues giving the gift of life, thanks to her parents. Todd and Tara Storch recount the decisions that went into the amazing gift of organ donation and how the event transforms their lives and the lives of recipients, including a mother of two. The Storches’ story is not an easy read. Several chapters relive the tragedy and the grief that follows; however, the book serves as testament to the resilience of people, and the comfort of faith, family, and friends. Both parents enlisted their marketing talents to start a foundation named after their daughter that promotes organ donation. In doing so, they take back their lives. Taylor’s Gift portrays the hope that comes with blazing new trails in an age of modern miracles. --Susan DeGrane
From the Inside Flap
It was the last run of their first day on the slopes, the beginning of another great family vacation for Todd and Tara Storch and their three children. But when thirteen-year-old Taylor's life was tragically cut short in a skiing accident, the Storches were overcome by the devastating loss of their daughter. Still in shock, they were asked a question no parents ever think they will hear: "Would you be willing to donate Taylor's organs?"
Their answer would change their family's lives forever and provide comfort during their darkest moments. It would also save the lives of five desperate people anxiously waiting for a heart, a liver, a cornea, a pancreas, and a kidney.
Taylor's death could have destroyed the Storches--and in some ways it almost did. Instead, her gift of life brought them strength, knowing her heart was continuing to beat. Taylor's Gift is more than Taylor's story, or even Todd and Tara's story. It's the story of a nurse who can now be an active mom and fully present for her kids, a cowboy who now has the strength and ability to give back to the community, a biker who can now give of himself completely, and a teenager who can now see her future for the first time.
It's a story of finding strength in God and creating good even in the darkest times.
It's a story of hope.