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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Gain, Grain, Pain, Rain, Prep for Plains and Something to Retain

We had a major event this week at the U, where Joseph was honored at a luncheon held by the University of Utah Center for Disability Services. First Joseph received a certificate honoring him for his "service and contributions in fostering understanding and support of students with disabilities". This award was because of his many presentations to groups and classes on disability issues along with others from the Disability Center, including Jenny Jones one of our former EBM missionaries.

The second award was a major scholarship from The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. This scholarship will cover almost half of Joseph's tuition over the next two years of law school. This is a wonderful blessing for Joseph and for our family.

Okay perhaps this is gross, but it is also amazing. This week's serendipitous discovery was another grain of basalt sand from Monterrico beach in Guatemala. For his short visit in January of 2006 Joseph has certainly carried memories and 'bits and bobs' with him since. We're hoping that's the last of it. (but that's what we said in this blog January 13, 2008).

Prep for the Plains
Scott Barzee, one of our EBM RMs, asked Tim to speak at the Herriman West Stake kick off meeting for their youth Trek later this summer. Tim took a shot from the pulpit to remember them. He thought the youth of Indonesia, Cambodia, India and Mongolia might like to see, in this blog, what a stake group of youth looks like in Utah. WOW.

Who says pain isn't fun? Joseph and his friends when to Layton to the Davis Conference Center to "Fight Night". They had a great time. Joseph got to meet and greet with not just the ring girls but with the great Gene Fullmer (below left), former World Middleweight boxing champion from 1957-1962 (career: 55 wins- 22 by KO, 6 losses, 3 draws). Joseph got to meet Gene's brothers Don and Jay as well, both well known boxers in their own right.

The Spring rain continues here in Utah. Today out Joseph's back door here was the view of apple blossoms in full bloom.


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