The Orange County Register | Michelle Thomas
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Less than five months after the death of her 7-month-old daughter Ruby, Ani Taylor stands under an archway of pink and white balloons, marveling at the swell of support from not just family and friends, but also complete strangers.
More than 400 people participated Saturday in "Run for Ruby," an event to inspire people to become organ donors. Taylor scheduled the event two days after what would have been Ruby's first birthday, in memory of the infant who died Aug. 12 waiting for a liver transplant.
"Without even saying a word, she's affected this many people," Taylor said. "I'm totally blown away. The whole community is amazing."
Ruby Jane Taylor was diagnosed last March with Caroli's Syndrome, a biliary tree disorder affecting the liver. At 2 months old, she was placed on a liver transplant list, but a match was never found.
"Our baby died waiting for a liver – there just wasn't one there," said Sherri Bewsey, Ruby's grandmother. Bewsey said she held a small party for friends and family on Ruby's birthday. "It was just a lovely, uplifting evening," Bewsey said.
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