Reading and Riding for Taylor

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A 10-year-old girl is learning to read again after undergoing multiple brain surgeries.

When she was seven, Taylor Chisolm had life-threatening seizures and needed three brain surgeries during the recovery process.

Before the seizure, she was reading several books a week; now she needs help with words and is learning to read again, with the help of her mother Lakisha Chisolm. On March 26, Lakisha, Taylor’s brother David, and a family friend launched a three-month journey from their Killeen, Texas, home to raise awareness about her condition, and the need to find a school curriculum for students such as Taylor.

Chisolm’s family was initially very reluctant to go on a such an unpredictable journey. But she was adamant about choosing a better path of learning for her daughter, who she said was failing in school.

The family has driven more than 6,000 miles in a little more than a month, relying partly on donations for food, gas and lodging.  The Chisolm family spent two days in Columbus, before continuing east to New York and New England for the weekend. From there, they will  head south down the coastline, eventually returning to their Texas home in June.

Lakisha Chisolm hopes to engage with educators to find a better program for Taylor that accommodates her daughter’s struggles to regain the ability to ready. She is drawing on Taylor’s former passion for reading by showing the entire family’s commitment to finding opportunities for Taylor.

“I’ve made a pinky promise to her after her last brain surgery that I would do whatever it takes to teach her how to read again,” Chisolm said.

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