Hawaii Pacific Health Donor Reports Spring 2016 - Page 4

“...The ‘l’ in aloha symbolizes the cancer ribbon and the color orange is for leukemia...” Taylor Tagatac CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK CHAMPION At age five, Taylor was diagnosed with acute donor. In February 2011, Taylor was officially myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the in remission again. She is now 13 years old, blood cells. She received chemotherapy and cancer free, with a passion for cooking, led as much of a normal life as she could. playing the drums, riding horses and surfing. When the doctors said she was in remission, she and her family were overjoyed. For two years, Taylor was back to her usual routine, but then, at 8 years old, she relapsed. Taylor dreams that one day she can help other children with the same condition, by becoming a pediatric oncologist. Help support the dreams of children like Taylor. Doctors told her that this time she would need a bone marrow transplant. The news TAYLOR’S PIN - “I designed a special Champion pin, hit hard as this type of treatment typically the Aloha Surfboard,” which represents my passion meant a trip to the mainland. But thanks for surfing in Hawai‘i. The ‘l’ in aloha symbolizes the to our donor support, Taylor was the first cancer ribbon and the color orange is for leukemia. person in Hawai‘i to have the type of bone marrow treatment she needed here at home. Taylor’s dad, Frank, was the bone marrow 2 The ‘o’ in aloha is a gold hibiscus to symbolize childhood cancer.” – Taylor Tagatac