Brookside Elementary School has received $800 worth of books in honor of Connor Taylor, a Worthington resident who died of colorectal cancer.

Sue Bobson, a member of the Well Red Book Women's Book Club, approached the school about the donation.

All the funds were used to purchase mentor texts, which are books that will be used as teaching material in the classroom, at all levels in the school.

"Instead of just sitting on a shelf somewhere, I want them in the hands of teachers," Brookside Elementary School principal Jenny Wielinski said.

The students also can go back and read the books at their leisure after the books have been used for lessons.

Connor's mother, Carleen Taylor, said the money came from a fundraiser by the book club in November 2017 to benefit Connor's Legacy Foundation for Public Health.

Connor Taylor was a graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School who had received his undergraduate degree in public health from Ohio State University. He just had been accepted into graduate school at Ohio State when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 22.

Connor Taylor's death in 2016 at age 23 prompted his mother to fulfill many of Connor's dreams, some of which he detailed in his graduate school entrance essay.

Connor Taylor attended a different elementary school, but the money was given to Brookside because the school was in need, Carleen Taylor said.

Carleen Taylor has been an advocate for colorectal cancer since the death of a close friend in 2004.

She established the Race for Hope that same year. Now, she uses the 5K race as a way to honor both.

"The fact that Connor got it is just ridiculous," she said.

Carleen Taylor also advocates for early testing. She is on the advisory board for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and said the group is working to make younger people, like Connor, more aware of the disease.

"How can we get into the colleges and younger levels so that these kids know that this is a disease that they can get?" she said.

A fundraiser to benefit Connor's Legacy Foundation for Public Health and the Feel Better Foundation for Pediatric Warriors is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at the CycleBar in Powell, with the cycle class starting at 2 p.m. The class costs $20 per person. There also will be refreshments and clothing for sale from the Boutique Truck, Thirty-One gifts and other vendors.

To learn more about Connor Taylor or to donate, go to gofundme.com/connors-legacy. To register for the Nov. 11 fundraiser, go to tinyurl.com/cyclebarfundraiser.

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