Prosthetic arm helps New Underwood grad get back on the horse

MITCHELL, S.D. — Life is never easy.

Enter any cliché saying about life that probably comes into your head with those words.

But in those situations, it’s often said there are two types of people that come out when life gets hard. Some falter, others come back stronger.

The latter part of that saying describes Taylor Grill, especially how she came back after her life changed forever, two years ago.

As Taylor will tell you, though, this is a moment she didn’t know would come.

“Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be possible,” Grill said. “If you would have asked me two years ago, I would have said ‘no way’.”

In February of 2020, Taylor and her brother Cade were in a head-on car crash.

Both survived the crash. Cade was able to walk away but Taylor sustained broken bones in her legs and her arm had to be amputated.

The crash occurred right before Taylor’s senior year of volleyball. She returned for school and volleyball that next season, completing her comeback. 

Of course, some of that can be attributed to her upbringing.

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Photo Courtesy of Diana Grill.

Photo Courtesy of Diana Grill.

“That’s the way life is too. Things don’t always work exactly the way you want, so you just kinda find another way to get it done,” said Jeff Grill, Taylor’s father.

Two years later, Taylor’s graduated from New Underwood High School and her family moved to Mitchell, SD.

Her passion of roping has now taken the front seat of her attention, even though, her ability to compete needed a boost.

While she’s had many doctors visits over that time, the visit she had on Monday in Denver, Colorado brought about some good news.

While in Denver, she was given a prosthetic arm and with her new capabilities, you can bet competition is back on the horizon.

Taylor was given a new prosthetic arm from The Little Buddy Foundation. 

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Photo Courtesy of Diana Grill.

Created in 2018, the foundation raises money to help children in the U.S. in need of prosthetics. Every year, Greg Pruitt donates his coaching salary to the foundation. That allows the foundation to give one child a prosthetic every year.

“It was created after a mentor of mine, Coach Don Meyer, Northern State University coach at that particular time,” Pruitt said.

In 2008, Coach Meyer was involved in a car crash just like Taylor. His lower left leg had to be amputated below the knee.

The foundation was named “Little Buddy” after Meyer’s naming of his amputated leg, in which he lovingly called it his “Little Buddy.”

After Meyer’s passing in 2014, the Little Buddy Foundation was born to spread his message of hope.

“It’s something that I wanted to give back after Coach Meyer’s passing to show all these life lessons that he taught me about overcoming adversity and in each day that you think about yourself rather than serving others is a miserable day,” Pruitt said.

The central message of the foundation rings true for Taylor and all that she’s learned these last two years.

“Find a different way to do it, and if that doesn’t work out, just find another way,” Taylor Grill said. “There’s nothing that you can’t do as long as you just try.”

For more information on The Little Buddy Foundation, click here. 

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