Cicero At the start of her senior year at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Taylor Fleming was asked to complete a homework assignment in which she described herself and her life goals in her own words to her teacher.
“I’m not your ordinary girl,” she wrote.
Not two months after Taylor typed those words, her life would be cut short. Taylor was on her way home from volunteering at the Smith Road Elementary School Christmas tree lighting and concert in Cicero on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 when her 2003 Dodge Neon was struck broadside by a 2000 Lincoln Continental driven by 45-year-old Timothy Williams of Phoenix. Williams was later charged with driving while intoxicated. Fleming was removed from life support three days later so that her organs could be donated.
If you go:
What: Taystrong benefit for the Fleming family
Where: Drivers Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero
When: 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 18
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
All proceeds benefit the Fleming family, who lost their daughter Taylor in a car accident in December.
“When I get into things, I never give up,” Taylor wrote in that September 2011 essay. “As much as things frustrate me, I never give up. I am determined to prove what I was born for, and that is to be a leader.”
Though she was just 17, no one will dispute that Taylor lived up to that title. Her uncle, David Guido, whom Taylor called “Uncle D,” remembered her as a “caring, giving person” who consistently put others above herself.
“She volunteered often,” Guido said. “She was just kind to everyone. It was even surprising to us in her family how many people have approached us and told us how she would come up to people she didn’t know and tell them to cheer up and that things would get better. She had a great personality.”