The Taylor Rozier Project: How a Group of School Girls Raised $21,000 to Save a Friend

Taylor Rozier
February 20, 2008

Taylor Rozier is a sophomore at Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis.
Taylor Rozier has cancer.
Just before Christmas, Taylor was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Surgery was performed immediately to remove part of the tumor. Currently Taylor is going through radiation and chemotherapy treatments to try to shrink the remaining tumor. Taylor has had a rough go of it lately.

Here is the report on Taylor Rozier by local News Channel 5 KSDK:

That’s where the students of Incarnate Word stepped in.
After hearing about their friend’s situation the students at Incarnate Word Acadamy, an all girls school in St. Louis, Missouri, decided to take action. The girls agreed to raise money to help their friend and her family to help pay for Taylor’s treatments. The school’s principle and teachers joined in and agreed to help raise money.


The school announced that if the girls raised $6,000 in two weeks then two of the school’s teachers would have their heads shaved in solidarity with Taylor who was starting to lose her hair from her treatments.

13 Incarnate Word students also agreed to donate their hair to Locks of Love– an organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Those 13 girls donated their hair at the assembly today:

15 inches to Locks of Love!

The girls went to work for Taylor Rozier.
And, word got out that the students were raising money for their friend. The local news media found out and sent camera crews to film the assembly today.
I was honored to be in attendance to blog the event.

Today in the auditorium the principle announced that the Incarnate Word students had raised over their goal of $6,000…
In fact the Incarnate Word Acadamy girls and supporters had raised over $21,000 for Taylor and her family!

It was time to shave some heads!

Spanish Teacher Miss Paula Sullins organized the fundraiser for Taylor and privately volunteered to have her head shaved. The students and fellow faculty members had no idea before the assembly that Paula was going to have her head shaved.

Taylor was given shaving duty.

These three teachers shaved their heads in support of Taylor. They are (left to right) Miss Charles, Mr. Gundy (her homeroom teacher) and Miss Sullins.

The Taylor Rozier Project was a great success.

If you would like to help out the Taylor Rozier Family you can donate online HERE.
Or you can send checks made out to The Taylor Rozier Trust Fund:

Incarnate Word Academy
Taylor Rozier Trust Fund
2788 Normandy Dr.
St. Louis, Mo. 63121


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