Author:

Taylor Ballek

Taylor Ballek is a multimedia visual storyteller for the Health Beat team. Born in Winfield, Illinois, she went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Central Michigan University in 2015. Her love for storytelling continues to grow with every person she has the privilege to meet through her journey of photojournalism. In her spare time she enjoys hammocking near Lake Michigan, rollerblading, collecting antique clocks, trying new restaurants and traveling to new cities.

Taylor Ballek

Posts from Taylor Ballek

Patient Story

‘It’s good for everybody’s heart’

Charlie, a miniature therapy horse, visited his favorite neigh-bors in Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Patient Story

May the force heal you

Star Wars characters visit patients and lift spirits at children's hospital.

Patient Story

‘Future generation philanthropists’

The third annual Epic Toy Drive came rolling in true to form this holiday season—a group of giving students with a busload of toys.

Patient Story

‘Lots of toys and joy’

The Bottomless Toy Chest delivers more than 350 toys to children in the hospital.

Patient Story

The gift of giving

Young hematology and oncology patients and siblings shop for presents for their families.

Patient Story

Batman beats the heat to visit patients

Superhero swoops into children's hospital for a visit.

Patient Story

It’s back to school for children’s hospital

Young patients experience that back-to-school feeling with an afternoon of fun activities.

Patient Story

Knocking cancer out of the park

Seventeen children's hospital patients became celebrities for the night with the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Patient Story

A smile is contagious

Cleft and craniofacial patients spend a magical afternoon together at the zoo.

Patient Story

The art of healing

Patients and family enjoy an evening of art at the Children's Healing Center.

Patient Story

‘You guys are mentally strong’

16 American Ninja Warriors flip into children's hospital to cheer kids.

Patient Story

‘We are so excited’

A boatload of toys motored up to Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to brighten patients' days.