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Sent on Mormon-News: 28Jan02
By Kent Larsen
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LDS "Inspirational Pair" Asked to Carry Olympic Torch

OREM, UTAH -- Pat West and Mike Taylor have been asked to carry the Olympic Torch on February 4th as an "inspirational pair" because of their stories. Taylor, 55, suffered permanent brain damage from a collision in a baseball game while on an LDS Church mission 35 years ago. He learned to talk and walk all over again, graduated from college, wrote a book, and has successfully lobbied the Utah Legislature on bills and taught hundreds of people computer skills at Deseret Industries. West suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity and has been unable to leave her house for the past ten years. She lives on just mashed potatoes, boiled carrots and water -- anything else makes her sick -- and the family's food is cooked in a shed outside her home because the gas and cooking odors would make her ill. West hopes to be well enough for her husband to wheel her along the route in a wheelchair.


Torch ignites hope after 10-year illness
Deseret News 17Jan02 US UT SLC P2
By Dennis Romboy: Deseret News staff writer


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