Tonight marks the three-year anniversary of Chapter One, the event that started it all for Taylor’s Tale. On the night of February 9, 2007, less than seven months removed from Taylor’s crushing diagnosis, my family told our story publicly for the first time to about 160 guests in the home of two very kind friends, Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer. As we turned the last pages of Chapter One, the people there to share it with us joined the fight to cure Batten disease by donating nearly $40,000 to the cause. I still remember the feeling of hope that washed over me as the last guests departed and I discovered the extent of the evening’s success.
Three years later, we’re a 17-month old public charity. Seven of the dedicated women who helped make Chapter One happen – who were there starting with the very first steering committee meeting – sit on our board of directors today. The research project that was launched as a result of Chapter One is in its third year of funding and making exciting history in the effort to cure infantile Batten disease. Taylor’s smiles and laughter still brighten the days of those who know and love her. And we are still fighting. Whether you’ve been with us from the very beginning, have stood by us in the past or have yet to write your own chapter of Taylor’s Tale, the mere fact that you’re reading this now helps me BELIEVE for the future.
Click on the links below to read other historical Chapter One-related posts and view photos of the night that inspired a movement.