In 2013, Taylor Wilnoty founded the Purple Warrior Foundation with the goal of raising awareness and providing education about Epilepsy. This disease and knowledge about the disease is something that is close to Taylor's heart as her brother lived with Epilepsy in his short 22 years of life. Taylor and her family keep Dennie's memory alive through the work of the Purple Warrior Foundation and their participation in local and national events.
In April of 2013, Taylor planned and hosted the inaugural Epilepsy Awareness Walk Cherokee and began a Facebook page dedicated to providing information about the disease, local and national Epilepsy events, and as a community forum for people and families impacted by the disease. In 2017, Taylor set out to take the organization to the next level including full non-profit status and through the selection of a Board of Directors.
Taylor now serves as the Chair of the Purple Warrior Foundation, the first foundation of its kind on the Qualla Boundary dedicated to serving enrolled members and their families impacted by Epilepsy. She has surrounded herself with a team of individuals who share her passion for community service and the cause of her organization. She has also garnered tremendous support throughout the Qualla Boundary for her cause with an outpouring of support and participation in events of the organization.
The Purple Warrior Foundation is committed to the mission of providing awareness, support and resources to members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and their families, who are impacted by Epilepsy. This organization is growing, and we appreciate the support of our community in our efforts to fulfill our mission.