FOUNDED BY JIM AND TAYLOR CAROL
FOUNDATION OF HOPE
CHANGING THE GAME FOR HOSPITALIZED KIDS
GameChanger was started by Jim Carol and his son Taylor. A nonprofit built upon an inspiring survival story, GameChanger’s founders now dedicate their lives to helping others through their battles against life-threatening illnesses.HOW WE HELP
A STORY OF SURVIVAL
In May of 2006, the Carol’s lives changed forever. Their son Taylor was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and was given two weeks to live. After soul searching and seeking guidance from experts, the family decided to move Taylor to the Children’s Hospital of Seattle. It was there that Taylor began the fight for his life.
Throughout Taylor’s long battle, he was forced into isolation where he would spend months alone and he quickly developed a deep love for video games. Video games served as an outlet, as they helped him “feel like a kid again”, allowed him to communicate with peers and distracted him from the harsh realities of his situation.
Beating Leukemia after 5 long years was the most difficult challenge Taylor, Jim and the Carol family could ever imagine, and the experience changed them forever. Jim and Taylor now live their lives grateful for every day they have. Pushed against the brink, they now live with more passion than ever before.
The Carol family acknowledges that it was both the kindness of strangers and Taylor’s video games that sustained him with joy and hope during his darkest days, and they decided they wanted to pass that hope on to other kids struggling with rare diseases.
PAYING IT FORWARD
AN ADVOCATE ON THE FRONTLINE
Today, Taylor is 100% healthy and a recent graduate of Harvard University. At university, he expounded on his passion for music and his dream to help young cancer patients through his senior thesis album titled “White Walls”. Taylor continues to be an ambassador for children’s cancer issues, and has helped to raise over $10M as a national spokesperson for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
To learn more about Taylor’s journey or follow his music, please visit TaylorCarol.com.