Before July, 2007, Taylor was a normal teenager, looking forward to starting as a freshman at high school where she would be taking all honors and gifted classes. She is a first degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and enjoyed playing soccer and taking guitar lessons.
Taylor's life changed radically in July of 2007. We noticed that her stomach was swollen, and although she was dieting and doing quite a bit of physical exercise, it was not going down. We took her to her pediatrician for an examination and the doctor immediately sent us to Scottish Rite, a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospital. She was admitted and tests were begun. The doctors discovered there were tumors in her stomach and did a biopsy of her lymph nodes. On Friday, July 13, 2007, 6 days before her 14th birthday, we got the news that every parent dreads hearing. Taylor had cancer. Specifically, she has Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor cancer.
This is a very rare type of cancer and is usually found in boys so it is very unusual for it to happen to a girl. That same day, Taylor began her chemotherapy treatments. Because her cancer is rare and funding for children's cancer research is limited, her treatments are planned by the doctor searching for documented cases and trying these regimens to see if they deliver positive results.
Taylor worked to support her treatment hospital through fund raising and patient parties as well as acting a a poster child for a blood drive during her treatment. Sadly Taylor lost her battle with cancer and won a place in heaven just after 3AM on April 1, 2008 while her parents held her with her sister by her side.