Fighting with Aneurysm...
Organized by: Steven Taylor
Anyone who has ever been involved with youth and high school sports knows that we become close knit over the course of a season. We share struggles and triumphs and the more we play together, the greater our sense of team and community becomes. I have had the wonderful opportunity to coach JV baseball at my alma mater, Bear River High School and have gotten to know very well the great players and vibrant personalities in our community of sport. Sadly, one of the members of our community, the mother of one of my players, was stricken with an aneurysm last month at the age of 35, and I am trying to rally money from the community to help ease the financial burden on the family in these tough times. She was in a coma for over two weeks and has since regained consciousness, but the road to recovery will be a long one, with physical therapy and follow-ups, as well as an increased risk of stroke and other neurological problems in the future. I have gained so much support from my mother, grandmother, sister, and other strong, beautiful women in my baseball career and could not even imagine something this tragic happening at such a young age. I consider myself so blessed to be able to still play baseball and share my passion of the game through coaching at Bear River. I plan on playing and coaching in some capacity for as long as I live and this seems to be a prime opportunity to give back to the community and sport that have provided so much for me in my life. The last year and a half I have really focused on keeping my body in better physical shape, not just for baseball but also for health reasons, and have done so primarily through running. I stress to my players at the JV level that the one thing we can control is how hard we work and how much we hustle, both on and off the field. I will be putting my money (and yours) where my mouth is for the next month by running and hustling my butt off in order to log at least 100 miles by the end of September. If I can get each one of my friends to sponsor one mile each, at $10 per mile, we can reach, if not exceed the goal I have set of $1000 to reach out and offer our support, because without community and family, we have nobody to share our triumphs with. Thank you and be well! Steven Taylor Coach, Bear River JV Baseball