It's been less three years since Leslie Miller lost her son on the battlefield. She is keeping her son’s memory alive by helping others.
"It was a suicide bomber for Taylor. A girl, really,” Miller said. “The story that we got was that she came across this bridge and apparently got in front of my son and detonated this thing.”
Up until two years before his death, her son had a constant battle with his weight and self-esteem. It was the decision to join the Army that changed everything. A year before he went to boot camp, he got into shape and lost weight.
"What a difference in him and it was so awesome to see him come into his own now, the person we knew he was, now he was that person in this great, gorgeous body," Miller said.
It's been less than three years since she's lost her son, and to keep his legacy alive, Taylor’s Heroes was born. It’s a free program offered to kids who, like Taylor, have issues their weight and self esteem.
"I never want to watch kids struggle with the things that my son struggled with in terms of self-esteem and missing out on those years when he probably should have had more friends and did more activities, but not feeling welcome to do them and physically not able to do them,” Miller said. “This way, kids can do things as individuals and not be ostracized by a group.”
The kids who are in the program are introduced to sports they might otherwise not have the confidence to try. Kevin Ranaud didn't try out for basketball because he felt he wasn't good enough.
"I didn't feel like trying out for the team because most of them are really good. I wouldn't be able to run as fast as everyone else,” he said.
Kevin joined Taylor’s Heroes. He also got a nutritionist and a personal trainer for basketball and his workouts.