The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Taylor Watkins Treatment Fund

Sometimes words are hard to come by. This is one of those times. Taylor Watkins is a really talented young potter who recently found out that he has a rare form of cancer.

Taylor is already a cancer survivor. He had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 11. He is now 27, a very bright and talented young man who just graduated from Penn State with a B.F.A. in ceramics. He was awarded a full scholarship for a master’s degree in ceramics at a reputable university, starting in August. But unfortunately he has to pass on this opportunity to fight his cancer battle.

He felt a sharp pain recently and drove himself to the hospital, where the doctors said he had to have an appendectomy. During the surgery, they discovered a tumor. The biopsy revealed that he has High Grade Malignant Sarcoma, which his doctor said is a rare kind of cancer. This is a secondary cancer to an unknown primary cancer (meaning the primary cancer has metastasized). His cancer is rapidly spreading and the oncologist said that if untreated, he only has one year to live. He already experiences extreme pain but only has medication to last a short period of time. His mom, Lisa, is by his side and caring for him with the assistance of family.

Taylor does not have medical insurance and is in urgent need of financial assistance. Because of this, we ask for your support to help Taylor get the proper attention, treatment and medication that he needs. Anything you can do to help Taylor would be appreciated. He is a kind, thoughtful soul. His gentle approach to life and people is captured in the elegance of his pots. He has always been the type of person to lend a helping hand to those in need. Now it is our turn to help him. On behalf of Taylor Watkins, we sincerely thank you for your donations, thoughts and prayers.

Click here to visit the Taylor Watkins Treatment Fund website.

Text courtesy of Professor Chris Staley, and Taylor’s aunt