As painful as it is to lose a loved one, there’s a moment when the deceased’s family rises above their loss to help another family. That’s when the gut-wrenching decision is made to donate their loved one’s organs, eyes and/or tissue to help another. In many cases, the recipient is a total stranger.
It was just announced that Paige Anderson has assumed the role of executive director of Taylor’s Gift Foundation.
According to Paige, ““I never met Taylor, but the journey to this position feels like everything I have done led me here. From meeting the Storches to reading Taylor’s powerful story, I have quickly learned that out of grief can come inspiration and life-changing action. I look forward to helping the Taylor’s Gift family with the resources it needs to support its mission, grow its reach, support families who face the tragic loss of a loved one, and inspire others to decide to outlive themselves by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.”
Having served numerous area non-profits as a volunteer and in a leadership capacity, Paige was director of Keep Mesquite Beautiful and as a volunteer program manager for the City of Mesquite. Prior to taking on her new role, Paige led Dallas county’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteer efforts for public health emergency response.
As Taylor’s Gift Foundation Co-Founder Tara Storch said, “We are thrilled to have Paige on board to help lead Taylor’s Gift into its next chapter as we continue to reach more families of organ, eye, and tissue donors who are in need of grief support. Her depth of experience in the non-profit sector will serve us well as we continue to grow the organization and extend our critically needed grief services to every corner of the country.”
The Foundation was created in 2010 by Tara and Todd Storch following the death of their daughter Taylor, who died in a skiing accident. Over the years the Foundation has launched a grief support initiative and “partnered with multiple organ procurement organizations nationwide, so donor families can access the emotional and grief support they need to cope with their devastating losses.”
* Photo provided by Taylor's Gift Foundation