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Inspirational speaker Denise Taylor speaks at UC convocation


WILLIAMSBURG, KY., — On October 8, 2013, motivational speaker Denise Taylor came to the University of the Cumberlands (UC) to present her personal testimony of struggle and triumph as she dealt with the tragic death of her daughter. Taylor spoke in the Gatliff Chapel for a faith and development convocation where many UC students gathered to hear the touching words of Taylor’s story.

Taylor, who began by saying a few words about the loss of her daughter who died of Leukemia, showed a short video of her during her days here on Earth. It spoke about their struggle in the years that she battled the cancer and their relationship as mother and daughter. Taylor used the video to show how even in hard times, there are still things to be grateful for.

“The world’s report is she lost to cancer; my report is she crossed the finish line as a victor,” Taylor stated.

Taylor’s main message was that we don’t HAVE to do something, we GET to do something. Instead of seeing it as having to give her daughter up to the disease, she put a positive spin on it and said, “I GET to release my daughter back into the hands of God.”

Taylor ended her motivational and tearful speech by expressing how we need to just enjoy the ride and notice the blessings. Dr. Fleenor then closed the night in prayer and Taylor stayed after to give away “Get To” wristbands and flyers to the students. The wristbands were intended for students to wear and keep and be forever reminded to be grateful for God’s many blessings and to try to find the positive light in situations that life might throw to them, even when it seems like their world is shattering.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit