Javier and Shaley Espinosa, Kathy Aulson, Robin Bagwell, Saryn and Jonathan Dietz, and Tara and Todd Storch at the Nov. 3 event. (Photo courtesy of Taylor's Gift)
Donors attending the second annual Outlive Yourself Awards at the Belo Mansion raised almost $200,000 Nov. 3 for Taylor’s Gift, a foundation dedicated to helping families touched by organ donation.
The foundation is named in honor of Taylor Storch, a 13-year-old Coppell native who died in a tragic 2010 skiing accident. Though doctors could not save her, they were able to save three lives and help two others thanks to Taylor’s decision to become an organ donor. Her parents, Todd and Tara, founded the foundation not only to help raise awareness for organ donation, but also to provide emotional and financial support to organ donor families.
Co-chairing this year’s awards with Saryn and Jonathan Dietz were Preston Hollow residents Shaley and Javier Espinosa.
It’s been almost nine years since Javier woke up with a case of mono. The SMU senior was about to turn 22. Graduation was two months away and he was already making plans for post-college life.