CureSearch Walk Forever Heroes – Taylor Grace, an open letter from a mother

Taylor Grace, Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Our family is one of so many affected by childhood cancer. Our firstborn daughter, Taylor Grace, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at 18 months. 

Taylor was such an incredible little girl. She had a special sparkle in her eyes and touched
the hearts of all who knew her. Taylor loved to learn, she cared so much for others-especially those she loved, she enjoyed the outdoors–collecting pieces of nature like rocks and pinecones, swinging and visiting parks, camping, reading books, arts and crafts, animals and so much more.

Throughout treatment, Taylor was inpatient for nearly 6 months at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN (over 2 hours from our home) while she endured harsh, toxic, outdated treatments and multiple daily medical procedures. She obtained remission and was cancer-free for nearly 14 months. However, Taylor’s cancer returned. Her cancer had quickly become chemo resistant and grew too rapidly for any other treatment options to offer her another chance at remission. Cancer cells consumed her Central Nervous System.

Shana and Craig Nyugen

Taylor passed away less than three months later in February of 2015.

I created Team Taylor with my husband and daughter in 2016 because honoring Taylor and keeping her memory alive is our motivation to walk and spread awareness for childhood cancer with CureSearch, while also raising funds. This is now our 5th year being involved with CureSearch; we continue to expand our efforts in raising funds for/with CureSearch to improve research. Without research we cannot better the treatment options for our children. Team Taylor wants to improve treatment options and to find a cure for childhood cancer, because children ARE our future.

Thank you for your support,

Shana Nguyen
Taylor’s mom & CureSearch Walker


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