Childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children, effecting about 40 children each day, yet far less money is spent on research compared to adult forms of cancer. And unfortunately, children do not have a voice.
In July 2007 at the age of 13, Taylor Brooks, was diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer usually found in boys, Stage IV Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor cancer. She endured aggressive chemotherapy treatments over the next few months, and because her cancer is rare and funding for children’s cancer research is limited, her treatments were planned by the doctor searching for documented cases and trying these regimens to see if they delivered positive results. Taylor fought hard during her sickness, attending school every day she was not in treatment, organizing a holiday party for other children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) as well as raising funds to bridge the technology budget gap for the new AFLAC Cancer Center at CHOA.
In April of 2008, Taylor lost her battle with cancer. Taylor left a legacy which lead her parents to form the Taylor Brooks Foundation whose mission is to serve patients, families and doctors dealing with rare forms of childhood cancer.
Skyline Pest Solutions CEO, David King and COO, Brian Butler, announced their support of the Taylor Brooks Foundation in December 2012. King and Butler, who each have two young children, have a connection with children- young, innocent children who have no voice and when faced with illness and challenges, have little support outside their own families. A Skyline team member, Cindy Brooks was Taylor’s aunt and after hearing her family’s story and the story about Taylor and her desire to make a difference during her short life, King and Butler decided it was most appropriate that Skyline lends its support to the Taylor Brooks Foundation- an organization who raises money for childhood cancer awareness, research and other projects for the sick. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of children deaths, yet has the least amount of money spent in research and awareness.
Speaking with Butler, he said, “I understand that it can be challenging for small charities to get funding without support from local companies and businesses. If you are in position where you can give back, either in time or money, that’s what you should do.” And this is just what Skyline Pest Solutions is doing- giving back to our community and the Taylor Brooks Foundation.
For more information about the Taylor Brooks Foundation, click here.
Check back soon to see how Skyline Pest Solutions will be supporting the Taylor Brooks Foundation.