Thursday, April 25, 2013
Should 2 Shoulder, a business focused on helping injured veterans, produced a video demonstrating all the ways Morris and other amputees are thriving after their injuries.
An Afghan war vet from Cedar Falls, IA, who lost all or parts of all four arms and legs while serving his country, is among a group of wounded warriors reaching out to help injured survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing - many of who are also now amputees. Cedar Falls native Taylor Morris, who suffered his injuries while serving as a Navy Petty Officer in Afghanistan, knows how hard the journey of recovery can be. But he also knows it is a journey, not an ending. Should 2 Shoulder, a business focused on helping injured veterans, produced this video demonstrating all the ways Morris and other amputees are thriving after their injuries. Danielle Kelly, Morris' girlfriend, wrote about their motivations to participate in the video on her …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Taylor Morris, a sailor from Cedar Falls, lost parts of all four limbs while serving his country in Afghanistan in May 2012.
Tuesday, April 2
Patch websites around the country today will be featuring locals who have overcome obstacles in life. While there are many noteworthy examples in Iowa, this article recognizes Taylor Morris. Morris, a sailor from Cedar Falls, lost parts of all four limbs while serving his country in Afghanistan in May 2012. His recovery, aided by his steadfast girlfriend Danielle Kelly, has been nothing short of an inspiration not just for Iowans but for all Americans. Morris is not only relearning the most basic functions in life, such as how to walk and drive, but he's pushing his limits with kayaking and snowboarding. President Obama honored Morris last Veterans Day for his courage and he included Morris in his inauguration ceremonies. Morris has been …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Cedar Falls sailor Taylor Morris lost parts of all four limbs when he stepped on an explosive in Afghanistan.
Taylor Morris, the Cedar Falls sailor who lost parts of all four limbs while clearing explosives in Afghanistan, will receive a specially designed "Smart Home," courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Sinise, the actor who played Lt. Dan, a Vietnam veteran and double amputee, in the movie Forrest Gump, will put on a benefit concert in Cedar Falls to raise money for the project. The project is a collaboration of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Sinise Foundation in the Building for America’s Bravest program, which strives to provide personal independence and freedom to wounded warriors by designing a house around their needs. "Smart Homes” normally feature retractable cooktops, cabinets and shelving, automated lighting, heating, air-…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Taylor Morris has been selected as one of eight citizen co-chairs to help celebrate President Barack Obama's inauguration.
A Cedar Falls sailor who gained national attention for his brave recovery as a quadruple amputee, including from the president, will serve as a "citizen co-chair" as President Barack Obama is inaugurated for his second term in the White House. Taylor Morris, who lost parts of all four limbs to a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan last spring, is one of eight citizen co-chairs. The co-chair is "a new role created to highlight his first-term accomplishments with examples of lives that have either been improved by his actions or inspired his presidency," the Associated Press reports. Read more: Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly On Life After the Bomb Blast: It Took His Limbs But Not His Spirit "Every day, I'm inspired by the determination…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
It's been a rough couple of news weeks, which makes Buzz Feed's list of "26 Moments that Restored Our Faith in Humanity This Year" all the more worth sharing. The list includes Cedar Falls natives Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly.
The last couple of weeks have been rough. From the news of Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins' bodies being found to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., there is a lot of bad news circulating lately. So here's something refreshing. The website BuzzFeed.com has created a list of "26 Moments That Restored Our Faith in Humanity." Scroll down to number 25, and you'll see two familiar faces, Cedar Falls natives Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly. Morris, an explosive disposal expert with the Navy, was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, loosing parts of all four limbs. His girlfriend Kelly has been by his side throughout his recovery, which has included learning to walk again on prosthetic legs. Buzz Feed names …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
On Veterans Day, President Barack Obama recognized Cedar Falls-native Taylor Morris, a soldier who lost all or parts of all four limbs while on duty in Afghanistan.
During a Veterans Day address, President Barack Obama singled out a Cedar Falls soldier who lost all or parts of all four limbs from a bomb blast while on duty in Afghanistan early this year. Taylor Morris became one of only five successful quadruple amputees ever treated at Walter Reed Medical Center, and he continues to amaze with his resilience. "Taylor couldn't make it here today because he and Danielle are out kayaking," Obama said of his girlfriend Danielle Kelly while speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday. Obama chose to tell of Morris' bravery after improvised explosive device detonated leaving him on the verge of death. "As Taylor lay their fully conscious bleeding to death, he cautioned the medics to wait before …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Cedar Falls came together Friday for the Unstoppable Event, a benefit organized by family and friends of Cedar Falls sailor Taylor Morris.
Cedar Falls citizens turned out in remarkable fashion Friday night to support one of their own. Hundreds packed the Pipac Center for a benefit for Taylor Morris, a Navy petty officer who was badly injured in Afghanistan in May. Time and again, the theme of the night was community spirit and support for a native son. "I've got to say, Cedar Falls, I do a lot of these things," Gary Kroeger, who emceed the fundraiser, said. "I've never seen so many people in one room for one event. Thank you. We are overwhelmed with the turnout." An organizer said 500 tickets were pre-sold for the benefit, with more sold at the door. Morris, who lost parts of all four limbs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, was the guest of honor at the …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The fundraiser is Friday at the Pipac Center.
Monday, September 24, 2012
We think it's pretty cool that sailor Taylor Morris and his girlfriend Danielle Kelly, both of Cedar Falls, were interviewed on the Today Show Monday.
Taylor Morris, Cedar Falls' hometown hero, and his girlfriend Danielle Kelly were on The Today Show Monday morning, talking about their relationship and the journey they've been on since Morris, 23, was injured in Afghanistan in May. Morris, an explosive detection and disposal expert with the Navy, lost parts of all four limbs in a bomb explosion. He has been recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with Kelly, also of Cedar Falls, by his side. On Sept. 15, the website Buzzfeed posted "A Love Story In 22 Pictures," featuring the tale of Morris and Kelly's relationship through photos, most taken by Cedar Falls photographer Tim Dodd. That post quickly became the site's most popular story. The story went viral from there…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Taylor Morris, a Navy explosives expert from Cedar Falls, is a quadruple amputee and hometown hero. Now the story of he and his girlfriend Danielle Kelly is going viral.
Taylor Morris, Cedar Falls' own hometown hero, is headed for the Today Show on Monday after his story caught the world's attention and went viral over the last few days. Morris, 23, an explosive detection and disposal expert with the Navy, lost parts of all four limbs in a May bomb explosion in Afghanistan. He has been recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with girlfriend Danielle Kelly, also of Cedar Falls, by his side. Family member Renae Hockemeyer and the website TaylorMorris.org, run by Morris' friends and family, both confirmed Morris is scheduled for a Today Show appearance on Monday, Sept. 24. Morris and Kelly have been the subject of viral Internet attention over the last two weeks. Morris' friend Ben …