Aid Rachel "Rocky" Taylor's Amputation Recovery

$58,036 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 621 people in 6 months
Created December 11, 2018
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.

35271226_154455466791475_r.jpegReady for a full day volunteering with All Hands and Hearts

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.


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.  


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.


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. 


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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Hello and happy spring! The daffodils and tulips are such a welcome sight. We hope you're well and we wanted to share some progress with you. Rachel just got her third socket and she'll wear this one for the next 5-6 months. It's carbon fiber, lighter, lower profile and has our brother's artwork printed on it--all pretty cool things. Over the past couple of months she has graduated from using crutches to using a cane, and we're excited to see her continue to improve as she continues to build back strength.

Your support has meant so much to us, thank you.
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Hi all! We had a good few of you request that we leave the campaign live and tell us how much you've appreciated the updates, so its going to stay up and we will try to give a shout out as Rachel hits more important marks in her recovery. She got a fancy foot from Iceland that she'd like to show you. Things just keep getting better.

Our love to you all.
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The last few months have been hard and marked by a series of firsts:
The first time Rachel was able to get up, the first time she was able to go outside.
Now that we are farther along, the firsts are fewer, more significant, and a little bit happier. On Tuesday Rachel took her first steps and was able to take home a temporary prosthetic. She tells me that on Tuesday she will get an even fancier foot! It has been a huge relief and joy to be able to stand up and wear two shoes, though there is still a lot of work before she will be able to walk without crutches. She is diligently working on balance and strength in physical therapy & rehab. She celebrated this milestone on Tuesday with champagne, and so should we all. Thank you all, again, for your open hearts, kind words, and for sharing Rachel's story. You have made it much easier to bear. We will be posting another update in a week and will then be wrapping up the campaign. If you know anyone who has been thinking of donating, please encourage them to do so.

"Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed." - Mary Oliver
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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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Raised by 621 people in 6 months
Created December 11, 2018
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