This month, we would like to recognize Taylor Ingram, a volunteer who is involved in many different ways. We greatly appreciate all of her hard work to help raise awareness and support the Colon Cancer Prevention Project! Learn a little bit about her below, including what her dream was growing up as a child!
*How did you get involved with the Project?
As a part of my master’s program I was required to complete a practicum. Subsequently, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The recent diagnosis opened my eyes to the world of gastrointestinal diseases and the uncomfortableness that can be associated with these issues. That was three years ago and I continued to stay involved with the Project to help promote awareness, increase screening rates, and eliminate preventable colon cancer deaths.
I moved to Louisville to pursue my masters of public health degree. My husband and I stayed because we love the city; it is a great size and has a lot of opportunities as well as good food and great people.
*What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
Tough question, if I had to pick one I would say Hammerheads.
*What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?
My dream growing up was to be a figure skater. I loved watching Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski. Unfortunately, we lived in a rural community and there were no ice skating rinks within a reasonable distance so my Olympic dreams were cut short.
*What is your motto you live by?
Always get eight hours of sleep. Or ten when you can.
*What is some advice you were given long ago and still live by?
My grandfather was one of the best dressed men I’ve known and he impressed upon us that it is always better to be over dressed rather than under dressed.
*What is your guilty pleasure? (Yes, we mean the one you are slightly embarrassed to admit.)
I follow a few (I won’t say how many), dogs on Instagram. Their photos are always guaranteed to make me smile.
*If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
I would like to eat and drink my way through Italy.
*If you could trade places with anyone in the world (dead or alive) for a month, who would choose and why?
I would enjoy the opportunity to work as a food journalist, like Anthony Bourdain, where I could travel and learn about different cultures through their food.
(Taylor and her husband, AJ, volunteering at the 2015 Bottoms Up Bash)
***Thank you, Taylor!***