Elle Taylor Seiden
On July 22, 2018, at age 15, Elle Seiden lost her battle with
a debilitating disease, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
A beloved daughter, loving sister, cherished granddaughter,
and supportive friend, she ultimately died of suicide,
but she did not die in vain, as it was not her illness
that survived her, but her best nature.
That became evident on August 10, 2018, when those whom Elle
touched came together as a community for a day of giving.
In a single day, #ATributeToElle brought over $20,000 to
the Human Rights Campaign, True Colors Fund, and
and Burning Limb Foundation, and helped spur
additional giving beyond that, as well.
This year, I wanted to say thank you.
#ATributeToElle will continue. In 2020, I will
be hosting a small event at The Second City,
where, as a member of the Youth Ensemble, Elle dared
us to laugh, think, and appreciate new perspectives.
The date & time for that event will
be announced by August 10, 2019.
In the meantime, this year I am also committing
to something non-financial: to provide one more
kind word whenever I can.
It’s the thing I wanted most for my daughter,
to hear from me one more time that I love her,
and it’s what I wanted most from her, too.
After a year of reflection, I realize it’s also
what people want most from each other:
a small kindness that lets them know
they’ve been seen. One more kind word.
Elle knew that. She championed those
who couldn’t speak for themselves.
She was at her best when she was putting
words into the world—words that came
imbued with a spirit that drew people
in, commanded their attention, and
made their worlds just a little bit more
If you are so inclined, please do continue to support
the organizations listed above.
But regardless of your ability to give, I do ask that
you join me in continuing #ATributeToElle, and that
this year, you do that by setting an intention to offer
#OneMoreKindWord each day.
With deep appreciation,