Hundreds Attend "Unstoppable Event" to Raise Money For Taylor Morris

By Addison Speck, Reporter

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - If anyone can pack a full house in the Cedar Valley, it's Taylor Morris. "I think it's magical how it brings the community together and the support has been unreal . They don't need an event to prove he has support but he deserves this and so much more," said Marshall Cook, a cousin of Morris.

In May, 24-year-old Morris was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He lost much of his arms and legs and has since been recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. On Friday, hundreds of people opened up their wallets to raise money for the injured Cedar Falls sailor.

The night was filled with food, fun, and a live and silent auction. It was called the "unstoppable event" - fitting for the guest of honor. "When we found out, we all, as a family, just kind of sat down and said well we need to figure out what is going to change and everything. Then we kind of just came to the conclusion that it's going to be hard but at the same time he is unstoppable," said Claire Morris, Morris's sister.

"The progress he has made so far, in the past couple of months is unbelievable and I think everybody is just impressed and proud we still have Taylor and how much progress he is making," said Clifford Sabo, who served with Morris. Sabo and a few others traveled from Virginia Beach to be at the event. "I think it's great the people here in his local community can come out and support him and let him know they really care for him," Sabo added.

The money raised will help support Morris's future by paying medical bills after he's discharged from the Navy and helping create an easier living environment after he leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. "A lot of this is going to his house and car modifications," said Claire Morris.

The event is likely to raise some big bucks because for many there was no hesitation to give to the guy who gave so much more for all of us. "He's Cedar Falls hero, he's our hero. You know we just love him and we will be here to support him to the very end," said Cook.

If you would like more information on Morris or would like to donate you can visit his website here.

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