Posts by Pat Taylor

Pat Taylor became an AYA cancer awareness advocate when her daughter, Sara, age 23, was diagnosed with cancer back in 1997. Addressing the lack of support resources for young adults and their caregivers, Pat and Sara produced and distributed two films, “Sara’s Story” and “Chasing Rainbows Young Adults Living With Cancer”, and, was born. Since then, along with other advocates and their support resources, Pat has watched the Voice of AYA cancer awareness grow from a tiny whisper to an empowered roar! Parent Caregivers helped make this happen. Like their young adult children living with cancer, parents need to share and explore with their peers the immediate needs and on-going challenges they face daily while navigating the crazy, unpredictable, and often, confusing storyline of cancer. Pat is grateful to ELEPHANTS AND TEA for providing this opportunity to share some her personal cancer story experiences. Pat Taylor is the Founder of CHASING RAINBOWS YOUNG ADULT CANCER ADVOCACY: with the mission of discovering and distributing multi-media support resources for young adults living with cancer and their caregivers. When not on speaking tours, Pat lives in the Canadian wilderness, off-grid, with her husband, Lee and her wild friend, FOX. You can find Pat on Facebook: Twitter: @PatTaylorCR Email:

Just Keep Breathing: Coping With the Loss of a Young Adult Child to Cancer

by Pat Taylor July 25, 2019

I think that is the key word: choose. We can either choose to follow our child into the grave or learn to live without them. Live or die? Cancer stole their young lives… will it steal yours, too?


To Live, Die or Advocate: A Mother’s Choice

by Pat Taylor July 15, 2019

What is a mother to do when she first hears that her healthy, funny, bright, charismatic daughter has been diagnosed with cancer at age 23? Stand by her side, of course.