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  • Sun July 13 2008
  • Posted Jul 13, 2008
Many of you who know Papa T or other members of Team Brewhaha are aware of the loss of one of our members, Yoda, last year in a tragic winter auto accident. In February 2007 an accident took the life of eight-year-old Zachary “Yoda” Taylor and the lives of his Aunt, Brandy Taylor, and his cousin, Nikki Taylor. Zach loved Ragbrai and embodied the spirit of this event. His team nickname was "Yoda" because he was small yet wise for his years. Zach’s family and friends are creating a memorial project to honor the memory of this bright and energetic young man whose life and faith brought joy to so many others. The Zach Taylor Memorial Playground Project will construct a sizeable playground in Yoda’s hometown of Antioch, Illinois. The funding goal is $35,000 (this stuff cost way more than I would have thought) and we have already raised over $20,000. Construction will begin when we reach the goal. I invite my friends and friends of Team Brewhaha to consider a contribution to the playground by sending gifts to: The Zach Taylor Memorial Fund 24300 W Grass Lake Road Antioch IL 60002 On THE RIDE team Brewhaha members will have bracelets with "Ride for Yoda" debossed on it. We are hoping to get donations for them from our Ragbrai friends. Team Brewhaha is working hard to honor the memory of this very special young rider. Ask any Team Brewhaha Member about Operation Yoda. And check out the Operation Yoda page at www.teambrewhaha.com Dave "Papa T" Taylor

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