There’s a reason the front door to Tara and Todd Storch’s Coppell home is a special shade of blue.
One look at photos of their 13-year-old daughter Taylor might explain why.
Taylor’s eyes were almost piercing. They were crystal clear and filled with promise and hope, until spring break of 2010.
The Storch family was skiing in Colorado. Taylor was wearing a helmet and “doing everything right,” according to her mom, Tara. But she began going too fast and hit a tree.
In a Beaver Creek hospital, a nurse asked Tara if they’d ever talked about organ donation. The answer was no, but that quickly turned into yes.
“Out of all the decisions we were making that was the easiest one to say yes to because of how other-centered Taylor was,” Tara said. “She went on to save and improve the lives of five people with the gift of her heart, both kidneys, liver, corneas and pancreas.”
“Sometimes I feel like it just happened yesterday and sometimes I look back and go, ‘Gosh, how far we’ve come.’” Tara said.
Out of that one moment of selflessness, a new mission for the Storch family emerged.
They launched a non-profit in Taylor’s name focused on promoting organ donation.
Their organization grew fast – faster than they ever dreamed. It evolved into the Outlive Yourself Foundation and is the official foundation supporting Southwest Transplant Alliance.
One of the biggest global brands has taken notice of the Storch’s efforts.
Nike has produced special socks with five blue stripes on them to represent the five lives Taylor changed through organ donation. The blue color represents Taylor’s eyes.
Outlive yourself means “leaving a lasting difference in the lives of others,” Tara said.
“Organ donation can be a scary topic. Some people think of death when they think of it. But organ donation is all about life,” she said. “It’s 100% about life.”
The socks are being sold on outliveyourself.org and the Storch family hopes to get them in stores across the country soon. Proceeds from the sales will help the foundation’s mission – which includes education, family support, and research.
“We’ve found a purpose,” Tara said. “Her legacy is still living strong. Her name will always be alive. Always.”