Jesse Taylor, CEO and creative director of Lompoc, California-based WrapLife, recently made news by creating some vehicle bumper wraps for the Lompoc Police Department that were designed to show his support-and raise awareness for-local 14-year-old Noah Scott, who is waging a battle against cancer.
Noah is an Explorer with the Lompoc PD; and his dad, Charles Scott, is a corporal in the department. Noah was diagnosed with Leukemia this summer. Doctors believe it is curable, however, he faces the prospect of three years of chemotherapy and other treatments.
A cancer survivor himself, Taylor says the disease is one that touches us all.
“We have all been affected by cancer somehow-relative, friend, or child,” Taylor told WRAPS. “I personally survived stage four cancer just 6 years ago. So it’s been something important to show our support for. Nobody knows the feeling of sitting through chemo wondering if you’re going to die. Having people acknowledge your fight and be there for you makes all the difference. It raises your morale and I’m a firm believer that a healthy mindset proliferates a healthy body.
“So we heard about Noah and jumped at the opportunity to help his fight. We told the chief that the cost of each fender wrap is about $90 installed, but we would do them for $30, the cost of manufacturing and applying. Neither the chief nor Charles Scott knows that we are donating 100 percent of the monies we charged back to Noah and his family. Probably around $700.”
Taylor has been wrapping vehicles for more than a dozen years, and he also runs a sister company out of his shop called Pro Tint. His reasons for helping out in the case of Noah’s fight are intensely personal, but he wanted to use this forum to challenge other shops around the country to get involved and give back to their local communities.
“All sign manufacturers know that a simple decal like this can be cranked out along with another job and will only cost maybe $3 to manufacture, and about 6 minutes to trim and apply. So it doesn’t cost really anything to make these and put them on. It’s a small gesture. We often make cancer awareness decals free of charge for families struggling. Cancer bills get out of hand really quick, and it’s an effective gesture we can do to help the families spread awareness, or ask for donations without having to go out of pocket. Most commonly we make 100 6” oval decals printed on 3.5-mil intermediate vinyl. Our cost is pennies per square foot, and I can have an employee trim them in no time.
“So I encourage all you sign guys out there to open your heart, get involved and help some families in need with something small on your behalf, but huge to them. Make them a run of decals, or a little banner, sign, whatever. After all, we are all here to help one another out. You never know when you might be the one needing the help.”
Taylor’s gesture was featured in NoozHawk.com, an online news organization that covers Santa Barbara County. Click HERE to read their story.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Scott family offset some of Noah’s medical bills. If you’d like to help out click HERE.