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For Taylor: Family starts fund-raising effort for Tipton Youth

By Courtney ScottSAMSUNG

Taylor Paige

Taylor Paige

I am writing this story for my daughter, Taylor Paige Scott.
We live in Munford and Taylor was a junior honor society member, a cheerleader and loved singing in the school choir. She was diagnosed at 12 with Scheuermann’s kyphosis and scoliosis. Her spine was curved at a 75 degree angle and required a spinal fusion surgery.
Her surgery was April 22 and after an 8-hour surgery, Taylor woke up to a successful surgery. Three days later, while still in the hospital, she suffered an injury in therapy in which Taylor broke her L3 vertebrae.
She was taken that day for another 7-hour surgery. She woke up and our worst nightmare was confirmed, Taylor was now paraplegic and paralyzed from the waist down.
We applied to take her to Shepherds in Atlanta, the best rehab/hospital facility in the United States. She was accepted and we were transferred by ambulance to Atlanta. We were then told a spinal cord injury would cost, in the long run, around $100,000. Thankfully, with the help of family and friends, we started fundraisers and began to start a long list of people/businesses stepping up to sponsor her in Shelby and Tipton counties to help assist us with hospital bills, home renovations, medical supplies, and medical equipment.
We are also hoping to spread Spinal Cord Injury awareness. We have many different fundraising events coming up and would like to invite you to like our Facebook page, Pray For Taylor Paige, to follow her updates and upcoming events. If you don’t have access to facebook, feel free to e-mail us at Prayfortaylor@yahoo.com and we will gladly send you information. We would like to give these special people a big thank you for already helping us tremendously, in many different ways, Bridget Sussey independent thirty one consultant, Jessica McMillan independent Scentsy consultant, Carolyn and Norm Moody, Sara and Jason Knight, Danielle Harrison, Dorothy and the Munford parks and rec, Promo Print Advertising, Screen Scene, Bryan and Lindsey at Syndicated Ink, Valerie Hill, Melissa Gibson, Brenda and Roxana at Raindrop Landscape and Irrigation, Pat Gallina with For Girls Only Parties, Matt King Photography, Chili’s in Millington, Hometown Newspaper/Millington Star, Wayne Carter at WREG news, Amber Beville and all the family, The Manley House in Atlanta, The Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta , Campbells Clinic, Cathy Davidson, Whiskers Liquors, Shepherds Center in Atlanta, Bartlett Woods Church of Christ, Tamara Wegenke , Jason Doty with Bluff City Bakery, Melissa Raymond Freelance Makeup Artist , Bryan McDaniel, Tina Russell at All Stitched Up, Sonshine Learning Center, The Awakening Church, everyone that has bought t-shirts and bracelets, all of my friends and family, all of Taylor’s friends, surgeons, nurses, and therapists. We could never do this without you all. We are forever grateful.
Also I am asking all my local friends that own businesses in Tipton County or Bartlett that would be willing to let us set up donation jars at their place of business to please let me know. We are also working on setting up a silent auction/dinner in Taylor Paige Scotts name, and we are needing local businesses to donate gift certificates or items for the silent auction, all is a donation and tax deductible, or to any of my friends that would like to make a small basket of any items to donate for the silent auction. This event will take place sometime around the beginning of July. Also needing someone to donate or lend us some space to hold it at, maybe your church, or place of business. Please let me know if you or someone you know can help
Taylor loved to cheer as an honor student at Munford Middle School. Taylor was born at 32 weeks premature weighing only 3 pounds and was not breathing. She spent the first month of her life on a ventilator in the NICU and came home on a heart monitor. At around the age 7 she started having kidney problems. We learned her right kidney was not formed correctly. In 2008, we decided to have most of Taylor’s right kidney removed which she handled like a trooper. When she turned 12 we started to notice a hump on her upper back and took her to Campbells Clinic to be evaluated. We learned she had a rare form of Scheuermann’s kyphosis and scoliosis.
I pray every day my baby will one day walk and will look back at this as just another fight she battled and won. And I will never stop pushing her. Before this accident I had never even touched a wheelchair, knew nothing about taking care of a child that is paralyzed and every day I am scared to death I am going to do something wrong. But when I see Taylor wake up every day and smile and laugh and fight, I know deep down, no matter what the future holds for her, she is happy and she knows she is loved’
Munford Parks and Rec is sponsoring Taylor by having a skate night on Saturday, Aug. 24. All proceeds will assist in buying medical supplies.

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