Taylor Delz sustained third-degree burns on more than 80 percent of his body after an accident at a backyard bonfire. Through his perseverance, hard work, positive attitude, and the help of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston, Taylor was able to endure this hardship to become who he is today.
As a teenager, Taylor made up the year of high school he missed while at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston for treatment so that he could graduate on time with his class. Learning from adversity, Taylor recently graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a finance degree.
“While I was a patient in Galveston, I saw several other patients running on prosthetics,” Taylor said. “And the smaller children, the way they just go along not realizing that they’re different, I thought, ‘If they can do that then I definitely can.’”
Taylor says that maintaining a positive attitude and focusing on the good from the situation has helped him to grow.
“The experience has definitely made me more compassionate,” Taylor said, “Not just for burn survivors. Now if I see someone struggling with anything, I want to help them, even if it’s not something I’ve gone through.”
Taylor has even inspired many members of the medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston. Chris Easter, a registered nurse, stated "Taylor is a large source of inspiration in his own life and Taylor’s positive outlook has helped to set a standard that he hopes to live by. It is hard to complain about one thing that goes on in your life when you work with someone as truly amazing as Taylor. It was a pleasure taking care of him. I don’t know where a kid like that gets his work ethic. The burn world needs people like Taylor, too, to know that people can go on and succeed, go on into society, and even get a college degree.”