Sharing the Message of 'Outlive Yourself'

Did you catch Co-founder of Taylor's Gift Foundation, Tara Storch, on several different media channels in Houston this past week? If not, we've got the lineup listed below!

Tara visited Fox 26, NBC 2, and KRBE Radio in Houston to share the message and mission of Taylor's Gift Foundation. The Taylor Blue nail polish and upcoming Top Golf event in Houston were just a few of the topics discussed during the interviews. Tara also discussed the story behind the Foundation and encouraged viewers and listeners to "Outlive Yourself" in all that they do. Check out the wonderful interviews below!

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Outlive Yourself, Each & Every Day: “Do Small Things with Great Love”

Written by Maggie Gross, 2012 Taylor's Gift Scholarship Recipient

When I first started thinking about my ‘Outlive Yourself’ pledge, the answer was simple: I will make a difference in the lives of others. My dream job – a job that will make a difference – is an extension of a childhood passion of mine. When I was little, I spent many hours with my sister and friends playing with baby dolls and playing hospital. My senior year of high school, after shadowing a labor and delivery nurse, I knew I had found what I was meant to do. Now, as a senior nursing student at Texas Christian University, I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

The Smallest Things Can Have the Greatest Impact

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Celebrating Dad's Three Year Heart Transplant Anniversary

Written by Amy Brown, Daughter of a Heart Recipient

Since April is National Donate Life Month and organ donation is such an important topic, I thought it would be a great time to share our story. With all of the bad in the world today, I just wanted to share something that’s good, someone who is good. To show everyone that there are still kind, compassionate, truly awesome people in this world.

When Life Changes in a Moment's Notice

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Natalie's New Lungs: Living and Breathing to Inspire Others

Written by Natalie Griffin, Double Lung Recipient

Natalie Griffin is a 26 year old athlete and artist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received her double lung transplant on April 10, 2013 in St. Louis, MO.

When your life takes you down a path you could have never foreseen, it is humbling - and in a good way. It is a friendly reminder from the universe that while you may think you have the starring role in the movie of your life, you’re actually just an extra in the background, playing your part just as it was given to you... while the only people who can really even notice are the other extras that surround you.

Photo: Natalie with her organ donor's mom, Tammy

My Story

I was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Despite my diagnosis, I led a very active life throughout high school. I played basketball. I was the only girl on the ice hockey team. I graduated top of my class. I never slowed down because I didn’t have time to slow down. I figured I would be dead before I would ever see the day I turned 21. So I thought, "I better hurry up and get things accomplished."

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Being an Altruistic Living Donor: Like Holding A Stranger's Winning Lottery Ticket

Written by Mike Koetting, Living Kidney Donor

Many people have asked why I chose to be a living donor; to donate a kidney to a stranger I’ve never met. I explain it like this.

Photo: Mike on the night of surgery

Imagine you have a lottery ticket in your pocket. It is a winning lottery ticket with a jackpot that is so valuable it is literally priceless, but only if you give it away to someone. The odds are very, very small that you would ever be able to use the lottery ticket yourself or even give it to someone you know. So what would you do? Would you keep the winning lottery ticket in your pocket your entire life, literally taking it to the grave? Or would you give it to a stranger and in doing so, dramatically change and perhaps even save their life?

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Outlive Yourself: Find Blessings in the Trials

Editors Note: Did you know that you’re probably already doing something to Outlive Yourself? Registering to be an organ donor is just one of the many ways to Outlive Yourself, but that’s just the beginning. Meet Austin, one of our 2014 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship Winners. Read about how he Outlives Himself through his journey with type one diabetes. Keep reading to learn more about how to apply for the 2015 Scholarship!

Written by Austin Fuerst, 2015 Scholarship Winner

I grew up going to middle school with Taylor Storch, and we even had a few classes together. The life that she brought to even the most boring of school science projects is hard to describe. But somehow, she made it look easy. The impact that Taylor had on my life growing up helped shape my view on life and, especially, how I wanted to live it.

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Leaving an Outlive Yourself Legacy: Honoring & Remembering Martin Luther King Jr

If you were to ask us to make a list of historical figures who exemplified an “Outlive Yourself” spirit, Martin Luther King Jr would, without a doubt, be one of the first to come to mind.

Creative Commons Photo: Flickr

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This New Year, Make a Resolution to Outlive Yourself!

Something about the fresh, full year ahead makes this day unlike any other day of the year. It’s special. A renewed feeling of hope - a fresh start - and it seems that many of us are more motivated than ever to write out our resolutions, and start working to become the best version of ourselves.

But the scenario is all too familiar, a month from now we might not feel quite so excited about those resolutions.

A Simple Resolution

What about a simple resolution? What about making a resolution to Outlive Yourself?

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Outlive Yourself: Living Intentionally

Written by Dylan Woodbury, 2014 Scholarship Winner

Dylan is a freshman studying Psychology at Baylor University. She is planning on using her degree to become a child and family therapist. Dylan loves her life at Baylor and is grateful for all the amazing experiences she’s had thus far. She can’t wait to see all God has in store for her in the years to come. Sic ’Em  Bears. Sic ’Em Taylor’s Gift.

To me, outliving yourself means leading an intentional life. It is living with a purpose. For me, it's simply loving God and loving others. This intentional lifestyle involves using what I have gone through to help those around me. It is exactly what Todd and Tara Storch have done with Taylor's Gift Foundation. They have changed so many lives by intentionally using their loss and everything they have gone through, for good. Because of their courage to share Taylor's story with the world, countless people have been blessed.

Our Own Story

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When Their Daddy Needed a Kidney, Viral Photos Helped Save His Life

When the Callaway family posted a picture on Facebook asking for a kidney, they had no idea that the photo would result in hundreds of strangers that would offer to donate a kidney. After over 900 people called in to help, North Texas resident, Chris Carroll, ended up being the best match for Raleigh Callaway, who was battling stage-five kidney disease when the photo went viral.

Photo: The Callaway Family - Brandy Angel Photography

More Than a Coincidence

Brandy, the photographer, shared with Taylor's Gift how she and Kristi, Raleigh's wife, helped the photo go viral.

"Kristi called me and asked how we could get his photo out there
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