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This is the story of Taylor Morris, a 23 year-old Navy EOD tech:

Taylor Morris learned at an early age he was hooked on the outdoors, adventurous, the middle of 4 children and always the last one inside for dinner at his home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. His mother Juli recalled, "Our family took a camping trip from Niagra Falls down the East Coast one summer. Taylor set up the tents every night, started the fires, cooked the meals. Taylor was only 8 years old." As Taylor grew older and took to extreme water sports and rock climbing, Taylor discovered he was also very calm under extreme pressure. This quality would later make him the perfect candidate for the Navy's EOD, Explosive Ordinance Disposal.

Explosive ordinance disposal specialists were made famous in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. They are the preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. Nicknamed 'The Shield', OED specialists always lead, the first to put themselves in harm's way to tackle unexploded ordinance and IED's.

Less than one month ago near the Kandahar province in Afghanistan, Taylor was doing his job, right out in front.

Leading a team of Army Special forces to a classified location, Taylor stepped on an IED. It exploded underneath him and blew off all four of his limbs. Taylor recalled the moment to me over the phone,

"As soon as I stepped on it, I knew. There was a moment, then I heard the blast. I felt the heat. I knew I had lost my legs. As I summersaulted through the air, I watched my legs fly off."

Taylor landed back in the blast crater. This is where the story of Taylor's bravery goes next-level.

After the explosion, Taylor didn't lose consciousness, he didn't go into shock. His thoughts immediately crystalized. Even though Taylor was bleeding to death, he called to the oncoming medics NOT to come get him, putting their safety in front of his own life.

"I recounted the moment of the explosion. There was no visual on the mine and no sound ID on my mine detector. That told me the mine was old. If there were other mines out there, the medics wouldn't see them or detect them unless it was cleared properly. I knew I had arterial bleeding from all 4 limbs and I was bleeding out fast. I told my buddies to stop, it would only have hurt me more if somebody stepped on another one."

The area around Taylor was finally cleared by the second EOD and the medic finally administered combat casualty care. Taylor remained conscious through the ordeal.

Three days later on May 6th Taylor landed back in the States and was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Washington D.C. to begin the long and painful rehab process. Upon his arrival, Taylor became only the 5th person at Walter Reed to ever survive a four limb amputation. His physical progression in the last three weeks has defied everybody's expectations, "My body is responding well. I'm already sitting up. I'm very fortunate." Just yesterday, the stitches in his arms were removed and he was fitted for prosthetics.

I asked Taylor if he's been given a time frame to return home to Iowa.

"Nobody really wants to give me a time frame, I understand that. The doctors here are amazing but I don't know when I'll go home. I've got goals though, personal goals, and I intend on achieving them."

As our conversation drew to an end I asked Taylor if he needed anything medically, "No, I'm fully covered by the Navy for my medical needs." I asked, "Ok, Taylor, if you could have anything in the world, what would it be?"

Taylor paused and finally spoke,

"I've always dreamed of having a log cabin in the woods on a lake. A traditional wood cabin on the outside with a modern interior. And good lighting. Good lighting is important. My girlfriend Danielle and I, we live simple lives but we've always loved being active, spending time outside with our families."

I asked Taylor's girlfriend Danielle about this dream cabin. She said, "Taylor and I are both savers, and we had been working our butts off to ensure we'd have a cabin, close to water to do water sports, and places we can hike. After what happened, we will not abandon that dream if it takes years of saving."

After I thanked Taylor for the zillionth time for his service, I hung up the phone and sat in silence recalling our conversation. I was so nervous when we first started chatting but somehow Taylor sets you at ease. He made it ok to ask hard questions about the explosion that nearly killed him and his painful rehab. I recalled something his mother had told me over the phone, "Taylor has a certain humility about his pain, it comforts you."

I knew I had just spoken to a hero, not the movie kind either, a real one. And I think he deserves a hero's homecoming. Taylor hesitated to tell me his own timeline to return home, that hope belongs to him alone, but I believe when he does return home at the end of this long journey, HOME should be to a place he's always dreamed about.

When Taylor returns, I want theCHIVERS to have provided the down payment on his dream cabin. We have the best community on the internet and I'm setting the goal at $30,000. But we all know about your endearing tradition of smashing goals. Let's help build Taylor his cabin, a place where he and his family can relax for generations to come.

Taylor's family has set up a website, TaylorMorris.org, to educate people about his life and his injuries. They've set up a donations page. Paypal and Credit Cards are accepted right here.

Even if you donate a dollar you're making a huge difference. There are millions of Chivers and if you give just a little, your dollar will go farther than you'll ever imagine in this moment right now.

UPDATE #1: I can't believe this but after 45 minutes, Taylor's story is going viral. The total raised already is $27,814.00. Unreal.

Update #2: 12:15 PM PST: $36,442. Goal exceeded! The family told me the donations appear to be coming in even faster right now.

Update #3: 12:35 PST: $48,170

Update #4: After crossing the $50,000 mark I spoke to Taylor, Danielle, and the Morris family. They are gathered around the computer in disbelief. Taylor said, "I had no expectations for this, John, I can't believe this is happening. Please thank all the Chivers for me from the bottom of my heart."

Update #5: $60,000

Update #6: $70,000

Update #7: 2:20 PST $80,000

Update #8: 3:20 PST $95,000. Let's do this, Chivers!

Super-Awesome Update: We just hit $100,000 in 4 hours and the donations show no sign of stopping.

Update #10: 5:30 PST $115,265 UPDATE #11 (5 minutes later): $120,000


Late Night Update
: I'll continue these updates first thing in the morning. Even late into the night the donations continue to surge. We've hit $143,000. You've exceeded the initial goal by over $100,000. Words escape me.

Update #11: 8:00 am PST $177,641

Update #12: 1:30 PST $196,000 - The final push to $200k

Update #13: $200,000!!!

Update #14:$210,000

Update #14. Saturday 10:00 am PST $230,000

$250,000!!!

Donate right here.

If you feel like mailing a check, a $5 bill, or even a letter of encouragement:

Sid and Alvira Morris
5026 Sage Rd
Cedar Falls, IA  50613

I’ll be bringing you updates every hour on the donation amounts as they come in so check back.

I know Taylor is reading this, theCHIVERS will be making a company donation of $1,000 as well as personal donations to get this started. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Chivers, you know what to do.

UPDATE #1: $27,814.00 in less than 45 minutes. Chivers, this is amazing.

Update #2: 12:15 PM PST: $36,442 Goal exceeded! The family told me the donations appear to be coming in even faster right now.

Update #3: 12:35 PST: $48,170

Update #4: After crossing the $50,000 mark I spoke to Taylor, Danielle, and the Morris family. They are gathered around the computer in disbelief. Taylor said, “I had no expectations for this, John, I can’t believe this is happening. Please thank all the Chivers for me from the bottom of my heart.”

Update #5: 1:40 PST: $60,000

Update #6: 2:00 PST: $70,000

Update #7: 2:20 PST $80,000

Update #8: 3:20 PST $95,000. Let’s do this, Chivers!

Super-Awesome Update: We just hit $100,000 in 4 hours and the donations show no sign of stopping.

Update #10: 5:30 PST $115,265, UPDATE #11 (5 minutes later): $120,000


Late Night Update
: I’ll continue these updates first thing in the morning. Even late into the night the donations continue to surge. We’ve hit $143,000. You’ve exceeded the initial goal by over $100,000. Words escape me.

Update #11: 8:00 am PST $177,641

Update #12: 1:30 PST $196,000 – The final push to $200k

Update #13: $200,000!!!

Update #14:$210,000

Update #14. Saturday 10:00 am PST $230,000

$250,000!!!

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  • Wanda Melion

    Just amazing. Your determination is just unbelievable and awe inspiring.
    My son is and injured Navy EOD tech. Long recovery but able to re-enlist.

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  • Maria

    Thank u for serving our country ,we are really thank ful for keeping us safe .wish u the best in life and that all your dreams come true with love ..maria sanchez

  • Michele

    You are such an inspiration .. I have tears in my eyes as I am writing this . Thank – you for fighting for our country .. Hurray for the Red, White , And , Blue .. You are AMAZING ..

  • http://www.jpost.com david goldman

    he may be missing all his limbs but it was for the best, a righteous cause. god bless the jews and israel.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ruoktheresa Theresa Miller

    Taylor: Thank you so much for first making "The Ultimate Sacrifice" to make sure that our soliders are safe from harm… God made you in his image and he knew that you would forfill all that he has for you to do and more… You my friend, had touched so many peoples lives, giving them hope, and have shown so much love for life through your own struggles, it's amazing!!! You show the true meaning on how precious life really is… I commend you on your journey, my hat goes off to you in salute!!! May God Always Keep You in his care, under his umbrella, and to know that you are blessed with a wife that loves you dearly, didn't give up on you, and will be there for you to eternally. There will always be God's Angels watching over you're entirely family… God Bless You, you are an amazing guy…

  • TonyN

    As a double leg amputee I can't even imagine what Taylor is going through but much respect.

    • amsterdamsel

      To you, too, TonyN. I've got to believe that is one of the hardest things to go through and come out still 'whole' in spirit. Blessings.

  • Caroline

    I am donating because I believe in love. I want you two to have every dream come true. You are so cute together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.bald.asian Daniel Batchelder

    I am going to put this comment on all of the Taylor Morris blurbs, and i challenge everyone who was touched by this story to repost it.

    It took me a moment to realize it, but HUGE Kudos needs to go to Taylor's girlfriend Danielle. She showed mental strength many Wives would not have in support of her man. She deserves a lot of credit. She supported him every step of the way. Helping him rehab? LITERALLY carrying him on her back? Smiling all the way?

    Talk about a love story! I suggest that everyone chip in another couple of bucks and give this girl a wedding a princess would dream of…

  • J. Matheson

    Good for him for pulling through. But stepping on a landmine doesn't make someone a hero. It was just bad luck, a result of a corrupt and unnecessary war.

    • Heather

      You're right. Stepping on a landmine doesn't make you a hero. Telling the medics to leave you there while you are bleeding to death because you are more concerned for their safety than for your own life does make you a hero. It is this same attitude that led to his positive outlook for his future instead of wishing he had just died instead, and that doesn't make him a hero. It makes him courageous. Furthermore, it wasn't due to bad luck that results from war. Someone put it there to blow people up and it wasn't Luck.

    • D. Porczak

      May you one day wake up with the love of God in your heart! Taylor and Danielle obviously has God in theirs. Sad thing is that he was serving not only all those that thanked him, but you as well and that is the gratitude you show, if you can't say anything positive to this strong positive big hearted couple then just SHUT UP!

  • https://www.facebook.com/pakua Sean Breeden

    Donation sent. Thank you for your amazing story.

  • Dave Choat

    We are not made heroic by our misfortunes, but by the things we do to overcome them.

    Keep on growing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharidavisonplunk Shari-Lyn Davison-Plunk

    I am so grateful for you and all of the men and women who serve our country. Please know that not a day goes by that I don't lift you and yours in silent prayer…grateful for the lives given and those still giving. You are amazing. May you find peace and happiness…always. You deserve it.
    Hugs and many blessings…

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.j.kellison Alex Joseph Kellison

    From a fellow sailor, chive the hell on shipmate. I'm definitely tossing you some cabin cash. Good luck and quick recovery.

  • Trisha H-M, RN

    keep that money coming in. I am sure there will be bills to pay before a cabin in the woods can be had.
    Stay strong.

  • Claire

    Thank you for this inspirational story. My boyfriend and I are going through a similar situation and it's bringing hope to see someone like you who has gone through this before us.

  • BKZL1

    Can't. Stop. BALLING.

  • https://www.facebook.com/vance.andersen.58 Vance Andersen

    Good to see you up and moving. We were very thankful for EOD when I was in Iraq; we lost one to an explosion just like you encountered. GOD speed, and best wishes, even if you have beaten us in football 12 years in a row, GO Army.

  • K. Wilkison

    Taylor, as a military family, we thank you your loyal service. My father is Navy, uncle is Army, daughter just started cyber intel with the Air Force as well as her husband. Our first grandchild is due in January and will be born on a military base. Our donation will be from him to you in honor of your sacrifice to keep him, other children, and every other citizen safe and free. God Bless you and your family.

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  • Morton Bartlett

    From the most southern land in the world Kia Kaha (NZ Maori, Stay Strong) and in the motto of my old regiment "Onward" 1RNZIR

  • wendy smith

    Your story is so amazing and truly inspirational. Your story brought tears to my eyes. Good luck with your recovery, and everything for the future. All the best. (all the way from Western Australia)

  • Nobody

    You spelled Niagara wrong in your first paragraph.

  • https://www.facebook.com/diana.bozarth Diana L. Bozarth

    I passed on your story and donated, all the money in the world could never pay you back. Thanks, also you will need more money to help you with your future than house money so I hope you get a little more then enough.

  • http://www.raisethebounty.com Steve Green

    Taylor,

    I don't know you, but I respect you and your family so much for sharing your story! You have a lovely girlfriend who is so wonderful to have stayed with you throughout this ordeal. I can easily see you too are committed to each other for the rest of your lives!

    I am sending a few dollars right now. Not much, but I am compelled to do it from this story of yours, and as kind of downpayment for your service to the country. This has been a sad day for many like myself to have to view the tragedy of all the kids killed at school this morning in Connecticut. But your uplifting story brings a sign of relief that there really is some good left in this world.

    Best,
    Steve Green
    San Jose', CA

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