Over the weekend, we said goodbye to a friend - Chris Taylor, who was the general manager for the popular Toronto bar called Grace O'Malleys. He was 37.
Chris fought a brave battle of a rare form of leukaemia for three years before the infection known as septic shock took his life on Tuesday, February 17th. I had met Chris on several occasions; he was the fiancée to my lovely friend, Michelle.
In the few times that I had the pleasure of meeting him, Chris was full of energy like no other. It was easy to see why he was a manager for such a popular Irish pub. He carried a charisma and charm that is rare, and was so full of dreams and aspirations of one day becoming a police officer and marrying the love of his life.
During his courageous fight, Chris was an advocate for OneMatch and encouraged people to become a stem cell donor to help save another life. After two back-downs, Chris finally found a committed donor and received a bone marrow transplant last summer. He always wanted to emphasize that One Match had worked for him, and it was extremely easy to sign up for.
To help honour Chris, his family has asked that you can either sign up at OneMatch and become a stem cell donor, donate blood, or make a donation to the Princess Margaret Hospital (for research in Stem Cell) in his name.
Even though Chris lost the battle, his legacy lives on through his successful bar, beloved friends and family, and Michelle - and the generous people who continue to donate. Through his dedication and determined attitude towards OneMatch, Chris has given others renewed hope and a chance to make a difference in the world.