Remembering Chris Taylor: Toronto Gracies Manager

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.