Lauren Kavanaugh, Girl in the Closet

$17,020 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 182 people in 67 months
http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/2013_October/lauren/#.UmnbD0izKpg






Like all of us that read this heartbreaking story on the Dallas Morning News, I wanted to do something to help Lauren. Money seems so meaningless next to what she had to live through but like so many, I would like to do all I can to make her life a little easier.

I am a Dallas attorney and a DMN reader that was moved by this story. I have lived in Dallas 6 years (previously from WI) and I was not aware of these tragic events when they occurred. As a new mom, it is unthinkable to me that a precious little girl could be treated this way. I have been in touch with the author of the DMN article, Scott Farwell, and he will help me get in touch with Lauren or get the money to Lauren when the fundraising is finished. From my understanding of this site, the entity that holds the money can either send Lauren a check or deposit the funds directly in her bank account. I will see what is more convenient for Lauren.

I hope that working together we can influence Lauren's life in a positive way.
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Thank you for showing your support for Lauren! Together we have raised almost $10,000 so far! Please post this fundraising link to Facebook and/or email it to your friends and family so we can continue to help make Lauren's next chapter in life everything she deserves! You are making a real difference!
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A group of Dallas Morning News readers are also fundraising to send Lauren and her adoptive mother to DC to visit the Holocaust museum and speak with a survivor. They are adding their donations to this fund as well- if anyone wants to earmark their donations for the D.C. trip, please specify that in the comments section after you donate. And thank you to everyone who has come to this site to support Lauren!
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Hi Deb, I checked with gofundme about using paypal and this was their response:

"Thanks for writing in to us. There is no way to donate to your page with PayPal. Due to a high number of complaints, we no longer use PayPal for US-based accounts. Instead, all of your donations will be processed by our partner WePay.

WePay allows your donors to pay directly on your page, rather than being sent off to PayPal to create an account. In turn, people have a much easier time completing their donation using WePay. WePay has all of the same great security features that PayPal has to protect you and your donors - you can learn more about that here: https://support.wepay.com/entries/23064032-Security

They can make a donation to your page using any credit or debit card."
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Heather Sharkey
28 months ago

Lauren never received a dime from this campaign. Her stepmother took the money. Lauren has a new gofundme page set up.

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Ginger
4 months ago

I am in no way taken up for Barbie. When Barbie was about 10 months old. Her mother Fredricka my sister. Went to West Dallas to bye drugs. She did not have enough money. And left Barbie with a drug dealer for 40.00. Another sister Judy came to me and told me what Fredricka had done. We jump in the car and off we went. We were so scared . We went to the apartment, the door was open. He said come on in. Barbie was laying on a twin bed, that was set up in the living room of the apartment. I walked over to give the money and noticed on a night stand was a picture of him naked and holding Barbie on one knee. Barbie had been burned with cigarettes. I picked her up, and we got the hell out of there. Fredricka was a evil person. She did many bad things to her children. Barbie should be in prison and she is.

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Malakia M. Sullivan
21 months ago

Hey Lauren, I had read your story and I wanted to tell you that you are inspirational young beautiful woman & strong keep your head up baby girl. Your chapter is just beginning. I would love to meet you one day. I'm suppose to be relocating to Dallas, TX too this year and I'm also taking psychology too working on my degree.

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Jonell Adams Pell
28 months ago

Trust God and know you are loved by many. You are stronger then you know.

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Mary Hamilton
50 months ago

Nice to see the support still coming. Glad to know Lauren and her family are well.

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Dilly Dally
65 months ago

God Bless you Sarah, and your family. I hope your work increases as people see exactly what kind of decent attorney you really are. Thanks from the UK xx

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Mary Hayes
67 months ago

If you have her email address, you can make a offline donation to her paypal account.

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Dilly Dally
67 months ago

Hello, I so desperately want to see Lauren happy. Is there any way I can leave a paypal payment?? debs x

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Created October 24, 2013
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$50
Russ Staynor
38 months ago

Hey Lauren, I just saw this story today and my heart sunk. I hope and pray that you are doing well. Write me any time and I will be happy to write back. Happy father of 3 amazing kids.

$100
Anonymous
50 months ago
$200
Anonymous
52 months ago
NW
$75
Nicole Waters
52 months ago

You are beautiful Lauren!! You are the strongest girl I know and are capable of so much. You are an inspiration...Please always remember how many people love you.

SS
$100
Shannon Smith
52 months ago

Lauren, you're truly an inspiration and beautiful, strong woman! So courageous to share your story with everyone. You are in our prayers, thoughts, and hearts. Love and blessings, Smith Family in AK. ♥

NL
$150
NORA LAMBERT
55 months ago

Lauren - You are an incredibly strong, amazing and beautiful person. You are an angelic inspiration to me and have such admirable strength for sharing your story. Your smile is absolutely beautiful! Keep on smiling and may all your dreams come true. Happy to read you are in college and thriving - That is awesome !!

SD
$25
Susie Degutis
56 months ago

Praying for Lauren.

ES
$50
Emilie Surrusco
60 months ago

Lauren - You are an inspiration. Keep fighting, you've got a lot of love out there buoying you up...

JH
$300
julie hudson
60 months ago
CR
$100
Christi Rodman
61 months ago

"My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19 God Bless you Lauren! Ten for Him prayer group Coppell, TX

Heather Sharkey
28 months ago

Lauren never received a dime from this campaign. Her stepmother took the money. Lauren has a new gofundme page set up.

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Ginger
4 months ago

I am in no way taken up for Barbie. When Barbie was about 10 months old. Her mother Fredricka my sister. Went to West Dallas to bye drugs. She did not have enough money. And left Barbie with a drug dealer for 40.00. Another sister Judy came to me and told me what Fredricka had done. We jump in the car and off we went. We were so scared . We went to the apartment, the door was open. He said come on in. Barbie was laying on a twin bed, that was set up in the living room of the apartment. I walked over to give the money and noticed on a night stand was a picture of him naked and holding Barbie on one knee. Barbie had been burned with cigarettes. I picked her up, and we got the hell out of there. Fredricka was a evil person. She did many bad things to her children. Barbie should be in prison and she is.

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Malakia M. Sullivan
21 months ago

Hey Lauren, I had read your story and I wanted to tell you that you are inspirational young beautiful woman & strong keep your head up baby girl. Your chapter is just beginning. I would love to meet you one day. I'm suppose to be relocating to Dallas, TX too this year and I'm also taking psychology too working on my degree.

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Jonell Adams Pell
28 months ago

Trust God and know you are loved by many. You are stronger then you know.

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Mary Hamilton
50 months ago

Nice to see the support still coming. Glad to know Lauren and her family are well.

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Dilly Dally
65 months ago

God Bless you Sarah, and your family. I hope your work increases as people see exactly what kind of decent attorney you really are. Thanks from the UK xx

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Mary Hayes
67 months ago

If you have her email address, you can make a offline donation to her paypal account.

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Dilly Dally
67 months ago

Hello, I so desperately want to see Lauren happy. Is there any way I can leave a paypal payment?? debs x

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