Texas Teen Honored During Rose Parade

By Grant Stinchfield
|  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 PM CDT
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Grant Stinchfield, NBCDFW.com

Taylor Storch's memory lives on, with a float in the 122nd Rose Parade.

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North Texans headed to the Rose Bowl this week to watch TCU take on Wisconsin will get a chance to honor a hometown girl.  

13-year-old Taylor Storch died in a freak skiing accident on the slopes of a Colorado Ski Resort last winter. Her parents made the decision to donate her organs. 

"The hardest decision of our lives that was the easiest to make, we knew that is what she would have wanted," said Taylor's mother Tara Storch. Taylor's gift of organ donation saved the lives of 5 strangers. 

Now Taylor will be honored with other organ donors on the Donate Life float during the Parade of Roses. 

"She saved a mom with her heart, a two year old with her liver, and man who had been in dialysis for 47 years does not have diabetes anymore," said Taylor's mother.

The float is being built to raise awareness about the benefits of organ donation. "By being an organ donor you can re-gift life,renew health and truly restore family," said Taylor's father Todd Storch. He says more then 100-thousand men, women and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  "Truly as a surviving family and as a donor family it gives us so much hope, it gives us meaning," said Todd Storch.

You can learn more about organ donation and how to become an organ donor at TaylorsGift.org. a foundation started by the Storch family to honor the loss of their daughter and help save other lives in the process.

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