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Taylor McQuillin

Fortitude: meaning courage or bravery, is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.

This tale of FORTITUDE is about a very special, very beautiful young woman. Her name is Taylor McQuillin who has become a shining star in the sport of softball.

Taylor was a dominant pitcher at Mission Viejo (California) High School. She had a record of 25 wins and one loss with the incredible ERA (earned run average) of 0.69. She led her team to its first-ever state championship. Taylor was selected by GATORADE the National Softball Player of the year.

I have many reasons for following the future of Taylor McQuillin. I am an Arizonan, and I live close to the University of Arizona where Taylor will be contributing to the success of the U of AZ Wildcats. Already, Taylor helped the Wildcats into the national softball championship competitions of 2018.

U of A is a PAC12 team…the PAC12 being the most successful conference in the country. This year, five PAC12 teams made it to the semifinals: Arizona; Arizona State; UCLA; Oregon; and Washington.

U of A was eliminated early-on though Taylor and her teammates gave their all.

The most important reason for the special attention I pay to this young beautiful athlete has to do with FORTITUDE. Taylor McQuillin is blind in her left eye and has a partial hearing loss in her left ear, as a result of a medical condition called Duane Syndrome. It’s something she has dealt with since birth. Taylor is quick to point out that she doesn’t consider it a handicap and has learned to live successfully with it.

What is Duane Syndrome?
“It is a rare disorder caused by a ‘miswiring’ of the medial and the lateral rectus muscles (the muscles that move the eye) in the fetus in utero.

“The exact cause of the syndrome is unclear, but appears to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.”

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

The lovely, courageous Taylor McQuillin should be regarded as an exemplar of what is possible when one’s character and integrity exhibit FORTITUDE…courage…bravery.

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