Fashion With A Passion by TLC
About Fashion With A Passion by TLC
My name is Taylor Lauren Clark and I am a High School Senior at the Utica Academy for International Studies in Sterling Heights, MI. As part of my curriculum, I am working on a project that involves supporting a community issue and creating awareness. My project is titled "Fashion With a Passion" by TLC (my initials) which combines my passion for making a difference in the world (one small step at a time), my flair for fashion and my passion for golf (if you notice, the flower of life symbol which is embossed on the front, also resembles a golf ball). I have included below a little about the inspiration for my project, and hope you have the time to read it.
The first organization that came to mind was the “Gift of Life”, which has touched my family twice. My aunt Diane passed away from a brain aneurysm seven years ago on Christmas and it was no surprise that her family donated her organs so that others could live. It was so fitting, since her life was always a gift to others who knew her and her organs were donated at the holidays, which is truly a time of giving. In addition, before I was born, my dad was a recipient of the gift of a cornea. Without this incredible gift, he would have lost his vision in one of his eyes.
Since our family has been blessed and touched by the “Gift of Life”, I thought it was only fitting to give them a gift in return to show them how important their organization is. In collaboration with a local handbag designer and my cousin Jenna Kator (my Aunt Diane was her mother), I created a special purse to sell, with all of the profits being donated to the Gift of Life Foundation. The purse is metallic grey with blue accents (which symbolizes love) and has the circle of life embossed on the front (which symbolizes life and also resembles a golfball). This purse to me represents so many things such as the unselfish love it takes families to give another person the chance at life while they are mourning their own incredible loss, the love I felt for people close to me who have passed away (my Aunt Diane, my grandparents, relatives and family friends) and how much each day, we should value and love the life we were given.
By granting me this gift, we both could help give the greatest gift of all –
THE GIFT OF LIFE