Katey Taylor

Katey Taylor is President and Co-founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey had been a “typical” stay-at-home mom until June 29, 2007. It was on that summer evening that one of her four daughters, 6-year-old Abbey, was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months Abbey would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.

Abbey's hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008. To fulfill Abbey’s legacy, Katey and her husband, Scott, work to advocate for children and to educate parents, community leaders and others of the dangers in and around pools.

Katey has a Bachelor of Science degree in family education, child protection and public health from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In December 2008, Katey received her Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Board of Minnesota SafeKids, is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is Vice President, Co-founder and Chairman of Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation. Scott and his wife, Katey, are parents of four daughters, one of whom is Abbey Taylor. On June 29, 2007, 6-year-old Abbey was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months she would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.

Abbey’s hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008.

Scott has worked in the financial communications industry for 23 years. Currently, he is Senior Vice President, Sales for the Merrill Corporation. Previously, he worked as a Sales Executive at R.R. Donnelley. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of Sales for Bowne & Co. He worked at Merrill in an earlier stint as an Account Manager and Project Manager.

Scott attended Minnesota State University at Mankato, studying business marketing and industrial psychology. Scott and Katey have supported several local nonprofit charitable organizations, including Children’s HeartLink, Child Guidance Program at Washburn Center for Children, and Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Hope Kids and Faith Lodge. Additionally, he has been very active in local fundraising by attending and donating to several charitable events each year, including Children’s Cancer Research Fund, and the Children’s Miracle Network among others.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


More water safety tips