by CA Marshall
Well it was inevitable that Starlight Music Chronicles would begin supporting organizations on our Affiliates section of the website because as we network with our Brilliant Artists, we are also meeting the organizations and foundations they also support. This one in particular: LIVE4TAY, also is close to home for myself as an individual whose family has also been affected by cancer.
With all of the recent deaths of our industry greats in the last two weeks alone, and which has devastated fans and friends and family who loved them, when we look at children and their families going through this, it is unfathomable. I do hope that you will all check out the Live 4 Tay website and consider a donation to help a family financially struggling to make ends meet while they try to remain strong for their child.
We would like to send out condolences to the Filorimo Family for the loss of their beautiful daughter Taylor. You are all doing a wonderful thing to honor her memory and we are happy to help in any way that we can through promotion in our Magazine as well as website.
We would also like to thank Recording Artist Kaylin Roberson and her family for being so supportive of this family and for bringing awareness to Starlight Music Chronicles via Maria Coleman Filorimo in our February 2016 Artist of the Month competition. (Maria made a lovely post in support of Kaylin in our competition by sharing a song that Kaylin dedicated to Taylor) If we had not have met, this article for awareness would not even be possible. Please head on over to the front page of our website www.starlightmusicchronicles.com to see this video (located just abouve our Social Scene on the right-hand side).
(excerpted from the website: www.live4tay.org)
July 31, 2009 Tay was in Illinois for the ASA Softball Nationals. This was the last time Tay played softball, but she played a much bigger game after that day. In early August of 2009 Taylor Filorimo was diagnosed with a rare form of renal cell carcinoma (RCC).
On August 4th, 2009 (the reason the number 4 is a part of PRAY 4 TAY), Tay had her very first surgery where they removed three tumors and 5% of her right lung. After numerous tries with different clinical trials and chemotherapy treatments, on Dec.29th, 2011 her scans showed the cancer had spread back into the right lung. In Feb, 2012 Tay was discovered to have more than 23 tumors in and around her lungs, spine and heart! Tay holds the record of being the youngest patient ever diagnosed with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Papillary Type 2, which is most commonly diagnosed in age 50+ year old adults.
Taylor always held a positive attitude, many, many times encouraging her new found friends that she met along her journey who were facing similar situations, as well as being the cheerleader for her family, teammates and closest friends in HER FIGHT! She was always thinking of others.
In September, 2010, BIOSILK Kids honored Tay's GOLD PROJECT by adding a gold ribbon, along with Tay's story, to the BIOSILK Kids shampoo & conditioner for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In April, 2012 she inspired Kim Milliken, Clinton's mom, (Clinton, 8, lost his battle fighting Medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor, on January 19, 2012) with a wish from her bucket list to create COLORS FOR HOPE nail polish to honor or remember her friends along this journey. All proceeds from this project go directly toward childhood cancer research. Be sure to Like COLORS FOR HOPE on Facebook! Tay is also responsible for giving life to the phrase HOPE IS EVERYTHING and has immeasurably raised awareness for September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and brought meaning to the GOLD ribbon for many. She also referred to Wednesday every week as HOPE Day. Tay's philosophy on her diagnosis: "I will NOT let the FEAR of cancer STRIKE me out."
Tay played her last inning here on earth on September 5, 2012. She left a large "bucket list" of things that she didn't have time to accomplish in her quest to raise awareness for childhood cancer and help families that she expects her Warriors to Live 4 Tay and make happen, and we will, with your help, to TAY IT FORWARD!
"I will not let the fear of cancer strike me out!"
- Taylor Filorimo, 13
The Live 4 Tay Foundation supports families who have children with cancer by providing financial assistance generated through fundraising events held to raise awareness for childhood cancer. We maintain a passionate commitment to raise funds, foster community support, and promote childhood cancer awareness.
The Live 4 Tay Foundation is a community-based organization dedicated to raise awareness for childhood cancer through advocacy and education, and by raising and disbursing funds to provide financial assistance to families who have children with cancer and to organizations that are leading innovative research for the prevention and cure of childhood cancers.
**We at Starlight Music Chronicles look forward to supporting this Organization along with our other affiliates: Morgan's Mission and Project Cuddle and hope to help make a difference in the lives of our youth! Please check out all the social media links below for LIVE4TAY and see the logo on our website in our 'Affiliates' Section to be directed to where you can make a donation. We hope to be able to help this Organization with creative projects such as our Starlight Music Concert for Morgans Mission in June.
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