The organization Science and Management of Addictions marks the passing of CJ Taylor, a SAMA founder, champion and friend, after a long battle with cancer. CJ was a luminary in Seattle’s philanthropic world. Her dedication to public health and the fight against youth substance addiction will continue to impact lives for years to come.
In 2005, CJ joined with her husband, Dr. Bob Day, to address the lack of resources and treatment options for adolescents with substance addictions. For years the couple had struggled to find effective treatment for this disease, which threatened the life of their teenage daughter, and they were determined to lend support to other families.
Since SAMA was founded five years ago, the organization has made great strides in improving services for young people with addictions and their families. By sharing their own challenges in a very public way, CJ and Bob helped to break down walls of shame and stigma that have kept parents from seeking help for their sick children.
The ongoing success of SAMA is a testament to CJ’s determination, passion and commitment to healthy lives. Her significant financial contributions and her leadership have helped to reshape the field of behavioral health. Her legacy will be one of meaningful support and of positive change.
A memorial service for CJ will be held in Seattle at 2pm on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral.