CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- The story of Taylor Morris, the Cedar Falls sailor recovering from injuries he suffered in an Afghan bomb blast, has gone viral.

A Venice, Calif.-based Internet site called theChive.com posted a story about Morris on Wednesday, along with online fundraising links set up by the family.

The site invited viewers to make contributions toward a cabin for Taylor and girlfriend Danielle Kelly. Morris told theChive.com co-owner John Resig that would be his dream home.

Just 12 hours after posting the story, $143,000 had been raised through online donations at TaylorMorris.org.

"I think it's amazing," Taylor's mother, Juli Morris, said this morning by phone from Washington, D.C., where Taylor is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Juli reported that Taylor continued to make progress Thursday. Stitches in his legs were removed, which is a major step toward Taylor being fitted for prosthetic devices.

A hand transplant specialist also visited Taylor on Thursday, Julie said.

"He would not even be a candidate until six months after being in prosthetics --- but the information was amazing," Juli said. The specialist told Taylor he was not a good candidate "but a great candidate" for that procedure, in the long term.

Taylor, a Navy bomb detection expert, lost portions of both legs, his left arm at the elbow and his right hand in the May 3 bomb blast in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

Information about Morris' progress can be found at www.caringbridge.com/taylormorris and www.Taylormorris.org, where online cash donations can be made through PayPal. Checks also may be made out to the Taylor Morris Recovery Fund at any Veridian Credit Union branch. Bracelets and T-shirts are available for sale at www.Taylormorris.org.

A major fundraiser is being planned for October, in addition to a fundraiser next Thursday through June 10 at Tony's La Pizzeria on the Parkade in Cedar Falls. A fundraiser last weekend at Lost Island Waterpark raised $1,000.

(7) comments

lockup
lockup

How many times is the Courier going to run this sad story?

AreUkiddingME88
AreUkiddingME88

its not sad. its breath taking. its amazing to read how far taylor has come in just weeks! proud of you taylor!

panther13
panther13

Lockup you should be thanking people like taylor you have the right to make stupid comments like that.

wildoldlady
wildoldlady

I never had the pleasure of meeting Taylor, but from what I have read, he's a pretty amazing guy. I wish him a speedy recovery from his devastating injuries and I also thank him for his service to our country. It's because of people like Taylor who give their all that stupid people like lockup can show his ignorance.

huskernut
huskernut

KCCO :)

huskernut
huskernut

Right On Pather 13!

adams75
adams75

It is sad, and yes, the Courier does have to run these stories - think of the other "home town hero", Sgt Ian Ralston who is paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator for life - these guys lives are forever changed - and Ralston's family didn't have T-shirts, bracelets, major fundraisers, etc. Sad indeed. These families are forever changed.

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