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May's Member of the Month: Taylor Sutton

May 8, 2018 | The Pointe

Taylor Sutton is an inspiration to many people.  “Always persevere, don’t dwell on the small things. There is so much more to life than the one thing that you may dwell on or let hold you back,” said Sutton.

These are wise words coming from a 24 year old. But Sutton has some firsthand experience when it comes to perseverance.

“My motivation to get back was to show other people that no matter what hardship you’ve faced, whether it’s small or big, if you’re willing to put the time in you can do anything you set your mind to,” she said. “That’s why I still do what I do-- to show people that no matter what, it’s possible.”

Everyone responds differently to adversity. Taylor has been active in athletics her whole life. She quickly came to have a love for soccer and first started playing through a recreation program at The Pointe when she was just four years old. Later, she went on to play Division I soccer at Tennessee Tech.

All was going well, until during her senior year, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. After taking a semester off to focus on treatments and beating cancer, she came back to graduate in 2017. Now she is a year-and-a-half cancer free and will graduate from Goldfarb School of Nursing in 2019.

“We all have obstacles. But here at The Pointe, everyone is really supportive. I couldn’t do it without their support.” Taylor says the staff and members alike help hold others accountable in a judgement-free way. “During college, a lot of the staff members would ask about my soccer season and check in with me each time I was here. It’s clear they genuinely care about their members. It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning your fitness journey or if you’re more experienced.”

Even though she’s done playing collegiate soccer, Taylor is still committed to working out every day of the week. The track is her favorite part of The Pointe. “There aren’t many places you can go with an indoor track and there are only so many miles you can run on a treadmill. I like switching back and forth between the two to get my miles in,” she said.

Her dad, Charles Sutton, was her biggest support during her soccer years. They bonded over fitness when she was younger and they still do today. “We both have a membership to The Pointe, and we train for half marathons together too.”

Taylor has completed two half marathons to date and is training for her third this July. “Remember that no matter what, there is someone worse off than you. No matter what you’ve been through, you can still be a motivation to others,” said Sutton.

Congratulations on being named May’s Member of the Month, Taylor. Your drive and perseverance through adversity are doing exactly as you hoped—inspiring and motivating others. Thank you for impacting our members and sharing your story.   

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