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Aid Rachel "Rocky" Taylor's Amputation Recovery

$54,740 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 583 people in 1 month
Created December 11, 2018
Olivia Taylor
on behalf of Melody Taylor
Dear Friends, Family and Community:


We are raising $75,000 in order to take care of Rachel “Rocky” Taylor for a year after her tragic accident in Lombok, Indonesia.


Rachel “Rocky” Taylor
My sister, Rachel, is a uniquely bright light in this world.  Her joy, courage and inquisitive spirit have taken her around the world as a disaster relief volunteer, dancer and lover of life.  She has a huge heart and spirit for service that draws her to help people in need. Over the last 12 years, she has spent more than 5,000 hours volunteering around the globe: Ecuador, Madagascar, the Philippines, China, Peru, Puerto Rico and all over the US.  She loves to dance blues and salsa, laugh with her friends and swim every day of the summer. I’ve always seen her as a bird, wild and free--the most vibrant of spirits.

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What Happened
On September 13, 2018, while helping the people of Lombok, Indonesia recover from a major earthquake, Rachel was in a terrible accident that will affect her for the rest of her life.   

Her All Hands and Hearts team was performing demolition on a house when part of the concrete building unexpectedly collapsed, leaving her trapped. She suffered a skull fracture, scapula fracture and severe trauma to her left leg. The entire team was quick to get her free and to the local hospital. After an initial life saving surgery, she was emergency evacuated to Singapore.

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Tragically, after two weeks of surgeries it was clear that the damage she sustained was irreparable and her left leg was amputated below the knee. The month she spent at the hospital in Singapore was the hardest time she’s faced in her life. Transition back to the States has also come with it’s own set of challenges. Her Medicaid insurance has been difficult, but finally allowed her to get the continuing care she needs at Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

In the days and weeks after the accident it became clear how many lives she has touched as support flooded in from around the globe, and her community wrestled with heartbreak and relief that her spark is still with us.  


Moving Forward
Rachel is thirty-three years old and bravely facing what a completely new life might look like.  It’s been a long, hard road so far, and truly we are only at the beginning. There have been many unexpected expenses and we anticipate that to continue for the foreseeable future.  Furthermore, Rachel has not been found eligible for disability or unemployment benefits, and does not have disability insurance.  She’s also indefinitely unable to return to her work as a stagehand.  Her last surgery was mid-November, in the next couple of months she will be fit with a temporary prosthetic, and over the next year and a half she will continue recovering and adapting. Due to the complicated nature of the injury there are challenging unknowns regarding her future mobility limitations.  

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Seeing her struggling to get out of bed after five weeks in the hospital and vulnerably facing an unknown future hurts my heart.  At the same time, while there are still moments of grief and struggle, I am inspired by the strength with which she is embracing life and dreaming of a bright future.


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Where You Come In
I want Rachel to know the same love and support that she has shown others all her life while she faces this year of recovery.  I want to see her thrive as the fiery, sassy, big-hearted dreamer that so many love, and I need all of you to partner with me in this difficult time and ensure she is able to live a full life: a life of joy and purpose, of dancing, swimming, laughing, traveling and serving others as before.  Please consider generously supporting us and spreading her story.

We are hoping to raise enough money to take care of her needs for one year. The money will be used towards:

Housing: $14,000
Food: $3,600
Utilities: $1,800
Counseling: $5,200
Transportation: $7,000
Reliable automatic vehicle/vehicle modification: $7,000
Job retraining: $10,000
Additional medical expenses: $10,000
Prosthetics $5,000 to $50,000
Travel medical expenses: $1,750

Prosthetics over the course of a lifetime: $375,000



If you can't help financially, there are several other ways you can help. Phone calls, driving to doctors appointments, strategic long-term rethinking of career path, filling out applications, outings, joy bringing, words of encouragement, cat pictures, cooking, etc. If you want to help with one of these tasks, please let me know.

Our mother, Melody, will be handling the donations and managing withdrawals on Rachel's behalf. 

Warmly,

Olivia Taylor


35271226_1544554911549924_r.jpegRachel and me playing in the snow, November 2017


Rachel leading a team building temporary homes in Ecuador, 2016
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Update 5
Posted by Olivia Taylor
11 days ago
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Thank you shout out to just a few of you sweet people, particularly Thea who saw the dancing video and drew this princess picture. Nicely done. There are many others who haven't been mentioned, thank you to you, too.

We're still waiting for my body to heal enough to support a prosthetic, we should know more soon.

Thanks for keeping this campaign going. It's still going because of you all.
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Update 4
Posted by Olivia Taylor
16 days ago
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Happy New Year! We kicked off 2019 by making the news! "Support from around the world is pouring in for a South Sound woman." Your support has been great enough to catch the attention of local reporters. We can't upload the video directly, but the link is below.

https://www.kiro7.com/news/south-sound-news/olympia-woman-loses-part-of-leg-volunteering-in-indonesia/897651275

Just before that the Olympian ran a story.

https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article223538490.html

Thanks everyone!
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Update 3
Posted by Olivia Taylor
24 days ago
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Ho ho ho! Happy holidays! We are over halfway to our fundraising goal! Thank you all for the abundance of love and financial support. It is a relief to have you all as our community. Rachel is continuing to regain strength and had her first rehab appointment. If all goes well she will have her first temporary prosthetic by mid January. All of your support, care packages, donations and sharing of this campaign continue to go a long way in supporting her recovery.
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Update 2
Posted by Olivia Taylor
1 month ago
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Thank you all so much. It's exciting to see us getting closer to our goal and it's a relief to know you're in this with us. Thank you for the dinners, the video ukulele serenades, and a shout out to Kyle Huth for driving up from Portland to dance with Rachel. Here's her first post-amputation dance. It's beautiful.

Please continue sharing her story.
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Raised by 583 people in 1 month
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Olivia Taylor
on behalf of Melody Taylor
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