At age five, Taylor was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood cells. She received chemotherapy and led as much of a normal life as she could. When the doctors said she was in remission, she and her family were overjoyed. For two years, Taylor was back to her usual routine, but then, at eight and a half years old, she relapsed. Doctors told her that this time she would need a bone marrow transplant. The news hit hard as this type of treatment typically meant a trip to the mainland, but Taylor was able to become the very first person to have the type of bone marrow treatment she needed in Hawaii. Taylor's Dad, Frank, was the bone marrow donor. In February of 2011, Taylor was officially in remission again. She is now 13 years old, cancer free, with a passion for cooking, playing the drums, riding horses and surfing.
Taylor dreams that one day she can help other children with the same condition, by becoming a Pediatric Oncologist. Help support the dreams of children like Taylor.