As a parent when you hear the words… “Your daughter has cancer,” your world stops, your head spins, you cant breathe, your heart stops beating. My daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with cancer at 11 years old.

The shock of her diagnosis gave way to the reality that pediatric cancer is desperately underfunded. Taylor’s treatment plan was from the 1970’s.That was 2003. In 2016 no advances have been made in treatment of her disease. The Federal government provides minimal funding for children’s cancer. Children are not politically powerful, don’t pay taxes and don’t march on the lawn of the White House.

Taylor was horrified that the kids were left to fight their battles alone. She couldn’t understand how thousands of kids were suffering from a terrible disease and yet their cries for help were being ignored. Her response was to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

At 11 she founded tay-bandz (Conquering Kidz Cancer). tay-bandz is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for pediatric cancer. We lost Taylor when she was 16 years old but her dedication and passion to help other children with cancer did not die with her.

Taylor’s passion for life still powers tay-bandz today. We have concrete evidence that we have saved lives. As Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

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