In the wake of the death of my dearest friend and companion, I’ve been searching for a way to continue spreading his joy and light, a way to honor his memory and find the silver lining in a difficult time.
And so, at the urging of Baylor’s friends near and far, I present to you the Baylor the Dog Inspired Living Memorial Fund. A fund that allows his message of connection, optimism and adventure to be shared far and wide.
Your donations help the Operation Moto Dog story and short film enter schools and communities around the world.
All contributions raised bring me, Mallory Paige, into visit schools and communities to present both the Operation Moto Dog story and tales from the road meant to inspire people of all ages to embrace fear, go after their dreams, choose happy and seek adventure. Working closely with each school, I tailor the presentation to suit their needs including school assemblies, community film screenings, specialized classroom visits and customized events including live storytelling, film previews, Q&A’s, slideshows, and more.
Each day on the road – for more than 400 days – Baylor and I met amazing people and found a can-do community that changed my life. While motorcycling and camping across North America, I realized something important – it’s not about being fearless or perfect. Living our dreams is about embracing the fear – of failure, ridicule and the unknown – in order to make the impossible a reality.
Who do you present to?
Schools, libraries, girl scout troops and anyone interested in building a life of intention and adventure. I’m fortunate to have numerous offers to speak at schools across the USA and connections with even more. The only thing stopping me right now is the funding. These groups operate on a tight budget and we need your help. Your donations will cover travel costs making it possible to shine Baylor’s joyous light far and wide.
Throughout our time traveling I heard from readers, riders, fans and friends that they wished we could visit their children’s school or community event and share our stories from the road. I truly believe that, now more than ever, the world needs to hear more messages of community, connection, adventure and tenacious positivity. With your help, I’ll be able to bring this message to children, adults and communities across the continent (and hopefully world!).
While I always envisioned being able to do this with Baylor at my side, I know he’ll be there in spirit cheering me on. And, just like always, you’ll be there too. Through the blog and social media, I’ll share stories and images from these presentations and events. You’ll be able to see exactly where your money is going and the ripple of optimism and possibility your generosity is bringing into the world.
Are you qualified to do this?
Yes, in fact I am. With experience speaking professionally (as a non-profit fundraiser) to hundreds of people at a time, a history working with children as a nanny and youth coach, a career as a writer and thousands of hours studying the art of storytelling, I’m a qualified and skilled inspirational youth speaker.
Sounds great! How can I get involved?
Your donation (every single dollar matters!) makes this dream possible. Help Baylor’s legacy live on and bring the Moto Dog tales of inspiration and obstacles-turned-opportunities to children and communities around the world.
What would Baylor think of this?
I like to think he would be excited and honored. One of his favorite things traveling was meeting kids and seeing how thrilled they were to see him in the sidecar. Plus he always wanted the best for me and being able to channel my loss into a positive outcome will be truly fulfilling and life-affirming.
You mentioned a short film, can you tell us more about it?
In collaboration with the Change Your World Fund, I’ve created a 6-minute long short film about the Operation Moto Dog adventure. In the coming months the film will be entered in to film festivals and (with your help!) I will begin sharing it with schools and communities. Check out the trailer for more info.
I have another question/Want you to come to my community. How can I get in touch?
Thank you for your interest! Please email me at mallory (at) mallorypaige (dot) com.
Lastly, I want to thank each and everyone of you. The outpouring of love I’ve received upon sharing the news of Baylor’s passing has left me reeling in wonderment. Yet again this adventure has proven what I’ve always known – people are good. Thank you for boosting me in this challenging time and for being a beacon of light. I’m honored to have you in my life and deeply touched by your kindness. I know Baylor is unbelievably proud of what a strong and supportive can-do community we’ve built here. Thank you for being an integral part of it.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill