Augusta, GA – Riverside Middle School student Rachel Taylor has been awarded a Living Well Award for her continued practice of living well despite challenges.
Taylor, the daughter of Gloria and Grady Taylor, had a brainstem tumor removed when she was 6-years-old.  After an eight-hour surgery to remove the tumor, she had many complications including five surgical procedures, seizures, fungal meningitis, and spent two and half months in the hospital.  She spent eight months in intensive rehabilitation to learn to walk, talk, swallow and use her left hand again. 

She started first grade seven months after her surgery and never missed a beat.  Rachel cannot hear in her left ear or see from her left eye, but she does not let either stop her from living. She is one of three 6th graders selected at the school for state honor chorus, and one of 22 kids selected to participate in an advanced math class. She is a Girl Scout, and is active at church and with the MCG CMC KidsArt committee. “She truly is a miracle and we try to Live well every day and not take anything for granted anymore,” says her mother, Gloria. “She is the epitome of living well despite the challenges she has faced and is our hero.”

Living Well, a health initiative aimed at improving the health status and knowledge of the CSRA community, is seeking nominations for the Living Well Award. This award recognizes individuals who encourage others through their own daily living to live well.

The nomination process is easy and takes just a few minutes. Visit and click on the Living Well Awards. Then, just let us know who you are, how we can reach you, the name of your nominee, how you know the nominee and what they do that inspires others to Live Well.

This award is sponsored by the Living Well Partners in Health: Doctors Hospital, 88.3 WAFJ, WJBF News Channel 6 and The Augusta Chronicle.