Ellen Breaks Down When Mom Reads Poem By Her Late Teen Daughter On Anniversary Of Her Death

by Kat Manos
Kat Manos is an Associate Editor who loves arguing about indie rock, classic literature, and "Star Wars."

Tara Storch had to experience something no parent should ever have to: Her daughter, Taylor, passed away while the family was away on vacation for spring break.

Taylor died in a horrific skiing accident when she was only 13 years old. The family was devastated.

Nearly one year after her death, Tara came to Ellen DeGeneres’ show to talk about the tragic loss of her daughter.

“We decided, because of [Taylor’s] giving spirit, to donate her organs. We have met three out of five of her recipients [so far],” Tara explained.

Taylor’s death, while untimely and tragic, ended up saving five lives, including a man who desperately needed a kidney after being on dialysis for 40 years.

Tara and her family then created an organization, called Taylor’s Gift, to raise awareness for organ donation and its ability to literally save lives.

While Ellen was clearly moved by Taylor’s story, Tara’s visit to her show didn’t stop at raising awareness. The mother decided to share a poem that Taylor had written only one week before her death.

The poem, handed in to Taylor’s teacher exactly one year before the filming of this video, nearly moved Ellen to tears as Tara read, “I’m outgoing and friendly / I wonder how long is forever[…] I want to be on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.'”

The poem is so powerful, I found myself getting choked up!

You can hear the full poem in the video below, and see Ellen’s sweet reaction. Please SHARE this moving story with your friends and family on Facebook!

Photos: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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