One year ago, we kicked off our #TayandBay running campaign with the American Fork Half Marathon. It was an incredible experience for everyone involved, and during the course of the campaign we raised enough funds to cover Taylor Morris’s outstanding medical bills.
One year later, and guess who is running the race??? That’s right, Taylor Morris.
Taylor called us a week ago and asked if he could write a message for our site, and include a special idea for this race, one that is near and dear to his heart, and to the hearts of all of Lisa Stoddard’s family, friends, and former students. In his words…
Taylor Here! I can’t even describe how grateful I am to all of the Rose Runners and those that helped support them as they ran during the #tayandbay campaign. Recovering from tragically losing my little sister, while coming to grips with the physical changes I would have to live with for the rest of my life after breaking my back and neck is unbearable enough. On top of that, I received calls on almost a daily basis telling me I had another bill that needed to be paid or it would go to collections. I’m a college student! School, figuring out my future, and adjusting to married life while working full-time is difficult enough. I recovered extremely well, and I received tons of support from family and friends to help me move forward mentally and emotionally. But still the bills and phone call after phone call…
Rose Runners stepped in and helped. We saved all we could and paid what we could on our own. We applied for financial aid to offset the cost of certain bills from hospitals. Rose Runners helped with the bills that we were unable to pay for on our own. Thank you to everyone who has followed our story and has contributed to making our journey a story with a happy ending.
All the bills are done! That is such an unbelievable relief! There is no way that we can say thank you enough, so instead we’ve decided to pay it forward right alongside the organization that helped get us back on our feet.
Last year I made a promise that I would push myself to be ready to run a half marathon the following year. I’m ready to run, and I’m excited to call myself a Rose Runner! A friend and teacher that was a great support to Bailee and I was Lisa Stoddard. Lisa Ann (Wright) Stoddard passed away on Monday April 28, 2014, from a tragic car accident. Her husband Troy and her four young children miss her dearly, but have shown great strength and optimism as they move forward. Lisa was a wonderful mother and a devoted wife, but she was also an extremely hard working provider for her family. Lisa has worked in the Dance Department at BYU while also teaching dance full-time at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, as well as The Dance Company. Before that, Lisa was the Dance Team Director at Utah Valley University, a Dance Team Director at Orem High School, and set choreography at many more Universities and dance studios all over the country.
Rose Runners understands the huge expense of a funeral, but for a family to tragically lose a mother, a wife, as well as a source of income, places a huge amount of stress on a family that is still trying to grieve. Join us in helping the Stoddard family. No donation is too small. Let’s run together. Let’s cheer for each other. Let’s make a difference.
With that being said, all donations to the Rose Runners Fundly campaign for Lisa Stoddard and all donations to the Rose Runners website between now and race day will be given to the Stoddard family for the benefit of Lisa and Troy’s 4 children. We hope to raise $5,000, and any amount you share will help! To kick off the campaign, Rose Runners is donating $500! Feel free to spread the word, and whether or not you are running with us at the American Fork Half next weekend, post a running pic on Instagram or Facebook with #runforlisa and #danceforlisa and we will share on our official Rose Runners social media accounts.