May 1, 2014
Junior shortstop Maddie O’Brien continues her blog during the 2014 season here on Seminoles.com. She will share the insights, joys and challenges that the team experiences as they pursue their goal of advancing to the Women’s College World Series.
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
On Sunday, April 27, heaven gained another beautiful angel. Taylor Foster, our Seminole sister who was only seventeen years old, lost her four year battle with Osteosarcoma, otherwise known as bone cancer. Taylor was our biggest fan and truly bled Garnet and Gold.
From the first time our team met Taylor she has been an inspiration. Taylor showed her strength everyday throughout her battle by surpassing every “time limit” the doctors put on her life. She never let cancer hold her back from living her life and during her fight with cancer she did not even focus on herself. In the midst of it all she helped coach a softball team as well as raise money by selling Taylor Dawn Foster shirts, which were Garnet and Gold.
Personally, I shared a connection with Taylor just by wearing the number 7. Taylor had played softball since she was seven years old, starting with rec ball and moving up to middle school ball, where she wore number 7. Although it might be seen as a coincidence by some, I believe deep down that there was a reason Taylor and I connected, and from here on out I will not take putting on my number 7 jersey for granted. The name on the back of my jersey does not matter anymore because it is for Taylor, a true fighter who deserved, but never got the chance, to wear the Seminole jersey.
Although Taylor may not be physically with us anymore, she will always be with us in spirit. Her positive outlook, radiant smile and sense of humor are just a few of the things I will remember most about Taylor. “I think she impacted us more than we impacted her,” Coach Alameda said.
Having the opportunity to get to know Taylor these last few years has really been a blessing. Friendships like the ones we have made with Taylor and her family are the ones that keep us going. We have already decided to dedicate the rest of our season to Taylor because she is forever part of our Seminole family.
From this point on, we make a commitment to stop at the gate each day and look at her initials and number, T.F. #7, which are written in permanent marker on the pole that holds the gate up. For it is Taylor’s spirit that is holding this team up. We play for those who can’t. We place her jersey in our dugout before each game as a reminder that she will always be with us.
She has not only inspired us to play every game like it is our last, but also to live every day like it is our last. We promise to play every game with passion and heart, and we promise to fill each day with laughter and happiness, just as she did. Thank you Taylor for allowing us the chance to be a part of your life and thank you for inspiring so many.
A service to celebrate Taylor’s life was held today, Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Apple’s Chapel Christian Church. If you would like, memorials may be made to The Got Game Fastpitch! Taylor Dawn Foster Scholarship Fund at any Edward Jones Office or at 195 Beaver Run, Eden, NC 27288. See more at: Taylor Dawn Foster Obituary
Gone, but never forgotten…We love you Taylor!