The Timberview Golf Club in Marysville will host the third annual Tee-Off for Taylor golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 11, to benefit the American Liver Foundation and ChiLDREN, the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network.

The Timberview Golf Club in Marysville will host the third annual Tee-Off for Taylor golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 11, to benefit the American Liver Foundation and ChiLDREN, the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network.

The charity golf event is named in honor of 4-year-old Taylor Rockwell, a Norwich Township girl with biliary atresia, a life-threatening condition of the liver that affects one in about 15,000 to 20,000 newborn children.

"We wanted to do something to bring attention to this rare disorder and benefit organizations that research and treat it," said Taylor's father, Jeff Rockwell.

Taylor was 2-and-a-half months old when she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, and it was the intuition of her mother, Shannon, that prompted the diagnosis.

"Shannon noticed that Taylor looked a little jaundiced ... and we went for a checkup and found she had (biliary atresia)," Rockwell said.

They were fortunate to see a physician so early, as children without such a diagnosis rarely live for more than two years. An early diagnosis and surgery usually allows children to reach adulthood before they need a liver transplant.

Taylor underwent a successful surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital but it is unknown how soon she could need a liver transplant, Rockwell said.

"We know of some adults in their early 20s who had such a surgery as a child and who are still doing OK today ... but like them, Taylor will probably need a liver transplant one day," Rockwell said.

Rockwell said Taylor's condition doesn't hold her back.

"She runs around and plays like any other 4-year-old," he said.

Taylor is required to take daily medication and the risk of infections is always present, but Taylor has not been to the hospital since late last year when she was in for several days to treat an infection.

"Not a day goes by that we don't feel truly blessed for having Taylor in our lives," Rockwell said. "She is a precious angel who has taught us a lot about inner strength and human compassion."

In addition to Taylor, the Rockwells have 5-year-old twin sons, Hunter and Shelby.

The Tee-Off for Taylor golf tournament begins at 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Timberview Golf Club, 1107 London Road in Marysville.

Registration is $65 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a dinner following the tournament. Players may register as a four-player team or individuals will be assembled into teams.

Corporate sponsors of holes are available with proceeds benefiting charity. A raffle during dinner will raise additional proceeds for the organizations.

Advance registration is recommended, but it also will be accepted on the day of the event.

For information or to register, call Rockwell at 740-972-8316 or email him at jrockwell1@columbus.rr.com

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The Tee-Off for Taylor golf tournament to benefit the American Liver Foundation and ChiLDREN, the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network, is named in honor of 4-year-old Taylor Rockwell. Taylor, who lives in Norwich Township, has biliary atresia, a life-threatening condition of the liver that affects one in about 15,000 to 20,000 newborn children.