Our featured child, Taylor D’Agostino, is a horse enthusiast who has been riding since she was five years old. Horses are Taylor’s passion and soul. By the age of ten, Taylor had saved enough money to purchase a horse of her own. While riding on June 8 ,2016, at the age of sixteen, a passing motorcycle spooked her horse. The bucking of the horse resulted in Taylor being thrown to the ground. The force of the fall caused fractures of the T5 and T6 vertebrae. Taylor was airlifted for surgery, spent several months in the hospital and inpatient rehab. Taylor was told by doctors that she would never walk again.
Taylor’s mom, Jenny, left her career to become Taylor’s full time advocate and caregiver. Taylor has so many hopes and dreams, but she and her family have a difficult time paying for all of her medical needs. She requires catheter supplies for routine catheterization. In addition, Taylor receives therapy at an amazing facility. Therapy is at least three times a week for two hours at a time; all of which is paid out of pocket. She also is in need of a truck with a wheelchair lift and a new wheelchair. Taylor has the mental determination to continue to work to achieve her goals of walking again and becoming independent with driving.
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 147th Street
Oak Forest, IL 60452