Meet Taylor: 2019 Family Advocacy Day Champion
Taylor is participating at 2019 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day from June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Taylor will share information about her health journey and the importance of children’s health care with members of Congress. Below is her story.
“Courageous” and “amazing” are the best words to describe Taylor, and she applies these traits to everything she does!
Now 22, Taylor was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10 and was referred to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Taylor and her family were greeted with a warm welcome, a teddy bear and friendly smiles.
Her long journey at CCMC began with a surgery to remove a Wilms tumor and her right kidney, and continued with months of chemotherapy and years of follow up with routine scans. During one of her scans, doctors discovered pectus excavatum which would later require another surgery. They also discovered gallstones in her gall bladder—this too eventually mandated a surgery for Taylor.
No parent can ever be prepared to hear their child is ill. Having the team of knowledgeable, confident, and compassionate doctors and nurses at CCMC made all the difference. Being at a place where Taylor feels comfortable and at ease really helps this family find the strength and courage to cope. Because of the amazing care team, Taylor remained strong and fought her journey with courage.
Today, Taylor is cancer free and healthy! She has put her compassionate, caring nature to use working in childcare for the past five years. She wants to become an elementary school teacher and, after her upcoming May graduation, continue her education to achieve her master's in teaching. Happy graduation, Taylor, we know you can do anything you dream of!
Join us in welcoming Taylor to 2019 Family Advocacy Day!