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Memorial created 03-6-2007 by
Jackie Hughes
Taylor Colleen Brush
July 7 1999 - January 24 2000

Last year's raffle table
The Fifth Annual Taylor Colleen Brush Memorial Dinner Dance - Saturday, March 10th at the Diplomat Party House. Pictures coming soon! Last year's dinner dance raised over $5,000 for the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong.
This year's goal is to raise $7,000 to purchase specialized rockers for the NICU.

Jennifer and her family get ready to walk!
Mark your calendars!! This year's Strong Stroll for Kids is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2007. Last year Team Taylor raised close to $9,000! We're looking forward to another great turn out this year.
To register to be a part of Team Taylor and walk with us, contact Jennifer Brush at tayryn@frontier.net

Taylor's Sister & Brother Get Ready for Stroll 2007!

Newspaper Article
Printed February 2 2007
"FAMILY USES TRAGEDY TO GIVE OTHERS HOPE" The Brush family of Irondequoit has raised more than $80,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong - seven years after losing their daughter. Article by Christine Carrie Fien, Messenger Post Staff. Camryn Taylor Brush never met her older sister, but she carries her name and never lets her family forget the daughter they lost seven years ago. "We talk about her all the time. We talk about her birthday, she always writes her birthday on the calendar," mom Jennifer Brush said. "If I say I have two kids, she says, "No, you have THREE kids." Taylor Colleen Brush lived only six months, never seeing the outside of a hospital, but her short life continues to give hope and grace to all those even remotely connected to the Brush family. "It was a perfect pregnancy - no complications or anything," Jennifer Brush, a teacher at Churchville Elementary, recalled last week. Born five weeks early on July 7, 1999, Taylor came into this world flailing, but not breathing, Jennifer Brush said. Doctors immediately noticed that the baby looked "different," she said. No one thing caused Taylor's death, Jennifer said. A tragic chorus of defects - Down Syndrome, heart, lung and intestinal problems - claimed her life on January 24, 2000. Taylor spent her brief life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. In the years after Taylor's death, her family has thrown itself into fundraising for the neonatal unit, including an annual dinner dance. They have raised more than $80,000 in seven years. "Tim (Brush, Taylor's father) just put it so eloquently. He said, 'Every day we can give back to our other kids, so we give everything to these events a few times a year because that's our way of giving back to Taylor'," said Karen Eisenberg, associate director of community affairs for Golisano Children's Hospital. "They are an amazing family. They just never stop." The first $50,000 the family raised went to name a room in the neonatal unit for Taylor. Brush money has also purchased a top-of-the-line incubator, Eisenberg said. "All procedures can be done right in (there)," she said. "It doesn't cause any stress or trauma to the babies." This year's dinner dance is Saturday, March 10, at the Diplomat Banquet Center. A buffet dinner, dancing and a raffle are planned. Prizes include a garage-door opener, a diamond and pearl ring, and autographed sports memorabilia. The event raises money for the hospital, Jennifer Brush said, but it also brings family and friends together to talk about and remember Taylor. Not that it takes a formal event to conjure up those memories. The family never has to look far. They have pictures, a scrapbook, photo collages and a memory chest with Taylor's things in it. Camryn, 6, and son Lucas, 3, will be able to explore the chest when they're old enough, Jennifer Brush said. Or, they can simply look to the sky. A pair of stars have been named for Taylor through the International Star Registry. "When the stars are out, Camryn always wants to go outside to see her sister's stars," Jennifer said.

Camryn painting a tile for the NICU wall
On April 29, 2007, we participated in a NICU fundraiser. Camryn and Lucas each painted a tile that will be added to a "wall" that will be placed in the NICU waiting area. Lucas painted a tile that said "Team" and Camryn painted a tile that said "Taylor." We're all looking forward to seeing the wall completed!

Lucas paints his NICU tile Camryn painted a butterfly, ladybug and a caterpillar. It was so beautiful and well thought out. Lucas attempted to paint a smiley face. It was a nice compilation of green, blue, pink and orange!

Camryn and Lucas with Sandy Strong Lucas was really not into the whole fundraiser event. All he wanted to do was run and eat cake! Every time Lucas tried to have a melt-down, Sandy would come over to help out. Thank you Sandy Strong for being such a great friend to kids!

Camryn Before the Makeover! On Sunday, May 6, 2007, Camryn and mommy went to their Third Annual Girls Day Out to benefit the hospital. This year, we got to be in the fashion show put on by the Gap. Camryn LOVED getting her hair, makeup and nails done. She was a natural on "the runway" while mommy was a nervous wreck!

Camryn After the Makeover!

Mommy & Camryn on the Runway! Pretty Quotes, Dress Up Games, Cartoon Dolls from Dolliecrave.com

Little Divas!! Glitter Graphics, MySpace Graphics, MySpace Codes, MySpace layouts, Doll Codes from http://www.dressupmyspace.com

Whitney with Camryn and Lucas The 2007 Stroll for Strong Kids was another huge success! Again, the Stroll brought in over 220,000 for Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong!

Aunt Katharine, Claire, Ethan & Camryn "Team Taylor" had more than 50 friends and family members strolling with us. We displayed three different team shirts, all from different years! We were definitely a "rainbow" of colors!

Ethan, Uncle Ted, Scotty and Uncle Terry
Thank God it didn't rain this year but it was incredibly HOT and HUMID! The 1 1/2 mile walk was a little tough with no breeze! We made it though and our team raised over $7,000 at the Stroll!

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