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.

Posts from Taylor Ballek

Patient Story

The gift of giving

Children's hospital patients choose donated Christmas presents for their loved ones.

Patient Story

Voldemort’s Very Scary Merry Christmas

Past and present patients roared with laughter during the 24th annual Christmas production.

Patient Story

‘The Nutcracker’ cast brings holiday cheer to kids

The Grand Rapids Ballet Company performs for patients and staff.

Patient Story

Go green! Go white!

And go register to be an organ donor! Sparty is.

Patient Story

Not all heroes wear capes

But, when they do, they scale down the side of the children's hospital.

Patient Story

One hoppy Cookie

For kiddos at the children's hospital, smiles are found in feathers and fluff—with a bird named Bert and a rabbit named Cookie.

Patient Story

NICU event reunites tiny fighters

More than 1,000 people enjoyed an afternoon filled with memories and joy.

Patient Story

‘She has touched so many lives’

More than 1,000 toys memorialize 3-year-old MaKenna Fraaza, who tragically died earlier this summer.

Patient Story

What do a scorpion, hedgehog and owl have in common?

Kiddos at the children's hospital met these creatures and asked all sorts of interesting questions.

Patient Story

That first-day feeling

Children's hospital program lets kids experience the excitement of heading back to school.

Patient Story

An afternoon of bright smiles

Past and present cleft palate and craniofacial surgery patients spent a fun-filled afternoon connecting with each other.

Patient Story

‘Make our days brighter’

More than 100 pediatric patients, family members and staff reconnect during the 25th hematology-oncology annual picnic.