Sunday, September 18, 2016

Inspired by the Wetterlings, Minnesota parents became advocates for change

STAR TRIBUNE | Sharyn Jackson

"I don't ever want another mother to have to go through what I did."

Lying on a hospital bed, 6-year-old Abbey Taylor gave her parents a mission.

She looked up at her father, Scott, and asked if she would be on television.

Abbey loved being in the spotlight, but this wasn’t about entertainment. She wanted to be on the news to tell her story so no other kids would be hurt like she had been. While playing in a pool, she was disemboweled by the suction of a faulty drain. Nine months later, after 16 surgeries and a triple organ transplant, Abbey died.

“Our future was laid out for us before we even knew it,” said Scott Taylor, who with his wife, Katey, took Abbey’s mission to heart. While grieving for their little girl, they built Abbey’s Hope, a foundation that works to make swimming pools safer. Continue reading
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