Taylor was a beautiful young lady inside and out. She was 17 years old embracing her senior year at King Philip High School in Wrentham, MA, surrounded by friends she had known her whole life. Her friends described her as someone who had a positive, outgoing, confident personality, well liked by everyone who met her. She always made everyone feel comfortable and welcome. She was not the type to judge. She lived her life without a care in the world. She was her parents only daughter, the middle child, surrounded by her brothers, Zack & Logan.
Taylors life ended early in her senior year in October 2008 because of many poor choices one fateful weekend. It was homecoming night and Taylor and her friends decided to go to a series of underage parties. They ended the night at an abandoned airport, deep into the woods. This is where Taylor found herself lost and all alone- fighting through the thick dark woods, swamp & river to get home. She never showed up. There was an extensive search for her for three days. . She was found, face down in only two feet of water in a swampy marsh. Poor choices from many that weekend is why such a beautiful life with so much potential had ended.
Taylor’s Mom, Kathi, was not willing to let Taylor’s passing have no meaning. Wanting to make something good come from the experience of losing Taylor, combined with staggering youth underage drinking statistics are what drives Kathi to share Taylor’s Message. Kathi started speaking two short months after her daughter passed. She knew that Taylor’s Message could make a difference to other students and parents by helping them make better choices surrounding alcohol and taking care of their friends. Her message has always been about taking care of the ones you love and realizing that underage drinking is not a rite of passage anymore. It is Kathi’s mission in life to continue to spread Taylor’s Message, knowing that once we know better, we do better. She has seen how Taylor’s Message has saved lives…
Kathi’s presentation is perfect for Red Ribbon Week Assemblies, Homecoming/Safe Prom Events, Parents Nights, Town Hall Meetings, Back to School Programs, Community Prevention Summits, Conferences and more.