Texan of the Year nominee: Taylor Storch



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Posted on December 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 23 at 6:51 PM

Most parents have big dreams for their children, but no parent wants to even think of the unspeakable — losing a son or daughter.

Last March, 13-year-old Taylor Storch died in a Colorado skiing accident.

Almost immediately, her parents made a choice that makes Taylor my pick for "Texan of the Year."

Despite what must have been the most intense pain, Tara and Todd Storch elected to donate their daughters' organs.

The Storches started a foundation to raise awareness, and after a gripping report by WFAA's Gary Reaves which aired locally and nationally on ABC News, awareness about Taylor's gift exploded.

We were touched by the Storch family's strength and selflessness as their daughter's heart now beats in the chest of a woman in Arizona.

Although only 13, Taylor Storch was a giver, and her family knew she would have wanted to donate her organs.

Now, her memory lives on — not only in the heart of Patricia Winters in Arizona, but in thousands of others who were moved by Taylor's story to sign up as organ donors.

That's a gift that will not only help save many lives, but will keep memory of Taylor's gift alive for generations to come.

For that reason, Taylor Storch is my choice for Texan of the Year.

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