On 13th February 2014, Ricky Taylor was diagnosed with a Germ Cell Tumor located between his heart and lung – this was his 16th birthday. Ricky spent the next 12 months in and out of hospital, battling cancer, going into remission and then having the cancer return. Ricky lost his battle with cancer on 20th February 2015, one week after his 17th birthday.
During his journey, Ricky noticed what others in hospital were going through and quite often thought about how little changes could make a big difference; especially for teenage patients. He often wondered “Why me?” and the only conclusion for us was that Ricky was put in that position so that he could somehow help others. His vision was to help teenagers in hospital battling cancer by making their stay a bit more bearable.
Although Ricky didn’t live to see his vision happen, his family and friends founded The Ricky Taylor Foundation Inc. to see Ricky’s vision become a reality.