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Published November 29, 2011, 05:32 PM

A Special Tree To Remember A Very Brave Girl

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks family remembers a loved one during the holidays. Each year, they decorate a tree in Columbia Mall. Taylor Vossekuil passed away in 2007 of Leukemia.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks family remembers a loved one during the holidays. Each year, they decorate a tree in Columbia Mall. Taylor Vossekuil passed away in 2007 of Leukemia.

She was a caring and loving girl but most importantly she was giving. And now the family decorates a tree in her remembrance each year to give to a family in need, just like Taylor would do.

Christmas trees fill the halls of the Columbia Mall, but one in particular, sticks out. It's not decorated with angels and oranaments, it's decorated with frogs.

"I think they decorate in remembrance of Taylor, just so everyone kind of remembers Taylor and the whole story and the spirit of God," said Amanda Fincher, Taylor's sister.

Frogs were an important part of Taylor's life. But what the word-Frog means to her family is even bigger.

"She had gotten a card that said, forever rely on God, and she told me that just wasn't right and she told me that when she died that I would have to forever rely on God," said Ann Vossekuil, Taylor's mother.

"Well it just shows how strong Taylor was. It was something she believed in and something she got everyone else to kind of believe in," said Fincher.

Now even her mother's license plate says "frog mom". Besides decorating a tree, the family remembers Taylor in a very simple way. By picking up coins left on the ground.

"Taylor made sure to tell me before she died that she would continue to throw pennies down from heaven and that would let me know that she's ok. And I find pennies and money everywhere I go," said Vossekuil.

And even in her mother's hardest days, the pennies on the ground remind her of Taylor's smile.

"I make sure to find something good in everyday just like her and I did together, no matter how bad the day was we always found something good in everyday," said Vossekuil.

And as Taylor's tree is donated to a family in need, that family will get an important message from a very special girl. No matter what hardships you face, to forever rely on God.

When I was talking to Taylor's family today they all emphasized how brave she was. She passed away at the age of 15.

They participate in relay for life each year under the name "team tay".

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