Coppell girl's story changes attitude to organ donation nationwide

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by GARY REAVES

WFAA

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 26 at 11:53 PM

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DALLAS - A North Texas girl's legacy continues to grow.

Earlier this week, we told you about Taylor Storch's tragic death and her family's decision to donate her organs.

It's now a story that has touched hearts all over the country, especially the emotional moments, as Taylor's mother heard her daughter's heart beating inside the woman whose life it saved.

It's a story that is also helping change attitudes about organ donation, and for the family that lost a daughter, it's helping fill the void.

The WFAA report has gone viral and on Thursday, the story went national.

Diane Sawyer featured it on World News Tonight and when it played on Good Morning America, it left the anchors speechless.

"We were as overwhelmed as Robyn and George were, seeing their response," said Todd Storch.

What's really surprising to Storch, is how the nation is responding.

"Tens of thousands of people have hit the web site," he said.

There has been so much response at taylorsgift.org, Storch had to move the foundation's website to a larger server, to handle the traffic. Their Facebook page is exploding.

Todd Storch reads one response: "My husband and I were inspired by your story and became organ donors today."

It's exactly what the Storches prayed for when they started the foundation to promote organ donation.

"I want to make my daughter proud and I want to do what God is asking me to do," said Storch.

They have almost certainly saved some lives this week, all because they chose to share what could have been a very private moment, and with a new documentary coming out soon, they say this is just the beginning.

E-mail: greaves@wfaa.com

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