Last month, I was elected vice chairman of the Colorado Children’s Hospital Foundation – an organization that I’ve been involved in for nearly two decades. I joined the foundation’s investment committee in 1998, became a board member in 1999 and have chaired the organization’s investment committee since 2001.
You could say that serving Children’s runs in my family. My late father Moses “Tony” Taylor was a founding member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and was recently honored for his work with the hospital. But my connection to Children’s is also personal. When my son Moses was 7 years old, he suffered a brain aneurysm known as arteriovenous malformation, or AVM and was rushed to Children’s Hospital for treatment.
An AVM is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain, which can disrupt the regular flow of blood from the heart to the brain. This rare condition can be fatal and is rarely discovered before the age of 20. Moses spent two weeks in the intensive care unit with doctors working hard to get the hemorrhaging in his brain under control.
At the same time, our family grappled with what treatment options to pursue.
The doctors and nurses at Children’s provided us with tremendous help and guidance in our decision and took amazing care of Moses as we weighed our options. We decided to pursue stereotactic radiosurgery, a type of radiation, which causes the walls of the vessels forming the AVM to thicken and close off. After a year of monitoring, we were able to confirm that the radiation worked and the AVM had been eliminated.
I am pleased to report Moses is now a healthy, active 27-year-old who beats his dad at tennis and golf on a semi-regular basis. Although I wouldn’t wish my experience on anyone, it provided an opportunity to see firsthand how Children’s truly practices what it preaches.
To put it simply, Children’s saved my son’s life and volunteering is the least I can do to show my appreciation. In two years, I will become chairman of the board of the trustees – a more high-profile role that will involve leading the organization’s fundraising efforts. I am proud of the work Children’s does and look forward to helping the organization fulfill its mission in some small way.