In March 2010, the Storch family of Coppell was on vacation in Colorado when their 13-year-old daughter, Taylor, had a skiing accident that ultimately proved fatal. Taylors parents, Todd and Tara, made a decision to allow Taylors organs to be donated to people who needed them to survive.
You can read the full story here, but the key part is in the third paragraph, which mentions how Taylors heart went to a 39-year-old mother of two in Arizona, her pancreas and one kidney to a 49-year-old father in Colorado, her other kidney to a 33-year-old man in Colorado, and her corneas and liver to two other people in unidentified parts of the country.
The Storches also created Taylors Gift Foundation, which works to increase official organ donor registries, as well as doing other work such as providing scholarships to graduating seniors, and plans to launch Taylors Gift Legacy Grants to help those touched by organ donation with financial difficulties. Todd and Tara Storch, along with Jennifer Schuchmann, recently published the book Taylor's Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope and have made many media appearances, before and after the book, to tell their story and spread their mission.
On Friday, May 3, Todd and Tara will appear on The Jeff Probst Show , where they will not only share their story, but will have a reunion with Patricia, the mother who received Taylors heart, and with Jonathan, one of the kidney recipients.
The Jeff Probst Show airs at noon weekdays on KXAS/Channel 5. Heres a promo for Fridays show: