Taylor’s Gift, by Todd and Tara Storch with Jennifer Schuchmann, is an emotional account of one family’s tragic loss—their journey of grief and how they found comfort and renewed hope when their thirteen-year-old daughter’s life was tragically cut short. It’s also an inspirational tale of organ donation which gave the gift of life to a cowboy, a nurse, a bike rider and a teenager whose lives were forever touched.
Their story begins as Todd prepares to video his children’s final run down a Vail, Colorado, ski slope. Todd thought he was “…experiencing the trip of a lifetime.” He could hardly wait to share the videos and pictures with his wife, Tara, and nine-year-old Peyton, who were having cocoa in the alpine village below.
Todd grabbed his poles and followed eleven-year-old Ryan and Taylor down the slope. With his flip camera in hand, he captured Ryan and Taylor’s fluid movements through the snow. When he saw Ryan pull off so Taylor could catch up, she shot past him, gaining momentum as she flew by. Todd could only watch helplessly as his precious daughter hit a pine tree head-on, and then propelled into a second tree.
Writer Jennifer Schuchmann captures the tragic loss and insurmountable pain with empathy as reader’s journey through the valley of death with the Storch family. From their overwhelming grief to funeral arrangements to difficult choices that led to a question they were unprepared to answer. “Would you be willing to donate Taylor’s organs?”
Their courageous story reminds us how fragile and precious life is and how our choices make memorable differences in the lives of others. Jennifer captures their story of suffering, coping and even inability to cope with honesty and raw vulnerability, page by page, often prompting tears.
Reading their life-changing account, (box of tissue required) reminded me of Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)
The Storch family’s remarkable testimony and well-done account of God, hope and change, though at times hard to read, is captured in Todd and Tara’s quote, “The greatest gift we've received on this journey didn't come from Taylor…It came from God. Her death is not the end of her story. God is sovereign, and he is still writing.”
When Todd and Tara learned that the state of Texas’ registered organ donors was only 2 percent, they co-founded Taylor’s Gift Foundation where they now work “…tirelessly to help families touched by organ donation.” To register as an organ donor: www.taylorsgift.org/register/
Taylor's Gift by Todd and Tara Storch YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Lrt3bUSZI BakerPublishingGroup
Mother Hears her Daughter's Heart Beat One Last Time YouTube: Revival House www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN8EMXDwJ1A
Taylor’s Gift, by Todd and Tara Storch w/Jennifer Schuchmann, Revell, 2013, 336 Pages, 978-0800721886, $19.99
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