See Lauren Live

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Raised by 589 people in 30 months
Leslie Carpenter Bolt
on behalf of Lauren Ballema Markel
 KALAMAZOO, MI
In November 2015, Lauren learned that she has an DIPG inoperable brain tumor. DIPG has approximately 350 cases diagnosed each year, mostly in children. To be dignosed as an adult is extremely rare. Lauren's survival rate with most medical treatment is virtually non-existant. However, from the time of diagnosis, God has given Lauren the verse "I will not die but live and I will proclaim what the Lord has done." Psalm 118:17

Lauren Markel is a wife, mother, and campus minister at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  Lauren has been happily married for seven years, has two beautiful daughters, and spends time during the week influencing student leaders at WMU. To know Lauren, is to love her. Her passion for life, and joyful, fun loving spirit is contagious. 

We are reaching out to her community and nationwide to support her in an opportunity to seek treatment. Lauren has discovered DNA specific, gene targeted therapy options for this rare condition that have been effective for others and are in the process of becoming proven methods for recovery.
After much research and guidance from various physicians, specialists and practitioners, Lauren has decided to move forward in these specialized treatment options in hopes that she can become a living testimony of breakthrough in this field for many that come behind her.

This treatment will cost around $245,000, none of which insurance can cover. We need to get started right away as the timeline they have given us requires action immediately.

We are actively seeking 245-255 individuals who would consider giving $1000 who would like to support.  If you or anyone you know would like to partner with us in the $1000 giving or giving in any donation, we are so grateful for the help and support and consider this money well invested not only in their lives and for the sake of their family, but for many families who could benefit coming after the Markel family in the case of similar events.  A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

We believe Jesus is the source of healing and that both medical wisdom and supernatural intervention will allow Lauren to live. "I will not die but live and proclaim what the Lord has done." Psalm 118:17

Thank you so much for your prayers and partnership!

Leslie Holmes on behalf of the Markel Family
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A great update from Ron: Yesterday, Lauren was praying and asking God, “Is there a lie that I’m believing? What’s the truth that you want to replace the lie with?” For weeks now, he said, "The truth is that you are being healed." She shared that she said to Jesus that she really needed confirmation because she couldn’t see it in the natural and was sad and discouraged.

What’s good about natural treatment is that unlike chemo, it doesn’t atomic bomb everything including the good stuff. She isn't able to do chemo anyway because of the blood brain barrier. However, one drawback to natural treatment is that it’s much slower in killing the bad stuff because it doesn’t destroy everything. She worked with her favorite practitioner for two years using technology that can detect things that aren’t supposed to be there much sooner than a blood test can. The technology her current practitioner has is much more sensitive than the previous. The previous testing took about two hours and the current technology takes about five. She takes her pillow and lays her head down during the appointment. At the appointment this week, her natural doctor confirmed that she sees great strides forward. We left the appointment with so much hope because she had just asked God for confirmation. Without the doctor knowing we asked God for that, she shared how much forward progress there has been since the last appointment. That was such a great gift from God.

Here are some specific prayer points: 1.) the body will work quickly to detox what’s not supposed to be there (when there are parasites inside of your brain it wrecks havoc) 2.) the treatment to work faster than the cancer can cause new or worsening symptoms. 3.) relief of symptoms that hinder movement (she has had weakness on one side that effects opening simple items to walking without stumbling or off-balance. 4.) as the body is detoxing things, that can also be extremely exhausting. She’s really struggling with severe chronic fatigue. Some days are totally fine and some days she is so exhausted that even taking a shower zaps her energy. We also need prayer that she would have energy, and all the symptoms that come with DIPG would be silenced And stopped by the treatment.

As things heal, she will regain strength in her body which is where the symptoms are coming from because the tumor is sitting on nerves that cause different parts of her body to be able to work. We know the end of the journey is healing. We have so much hope in that even our last appointment was such a great day, but the journey through the valley of the shadow is long, exhausting, taxing and downright scary. We need our village to come around us and pray in faith. We know God is healing her, we need prayers for the treatment to work quickly and for the cancer to be stopped quickly, for no worsening or new symptoms, but instead reversal. Thank you so much for praying for energy as we celebrated our 10th anniversary this past week. It was a wonderful time connecting and making great memories. We always feel your prayers.
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Today is my birthday and I had so much energy. Earlier this week I felt so awful that I laid in bed pretty much all day and had zero energy. Today I walked all around rock city and here it is 8:42 and I still have a lot of energy. I know that’s because people are praying for me today. Just know that your prayers really do make a huge difference...it’s not just words, they change lives like mine. I also started an intervenous new Med this week And have been on a supplement for the past month and a half that has helped brain cancer patients eradicate their tumors. It’s about $1400 a month for these meds. I continue to be the trial. Some days are great, like today, and some days are really hard. I’m still standing on the promises of the Lord and believing for full healing. If you could continue to pray for symptoms to not interfere with my daily life that would be great. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and your gifts towards our medical treatments. I am so thankful for another year of life. As I was praying today God brought to mind Proverbs 3:5. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in ALL your ways and he will make your paths straight”. It’s pretty much a daily occurrence to ask the Lord, what do you want me to eat today? how do you want me to live today? He is the great physician and I’m still standing on his promises for a full healing. Thank you again for all your prayers and support. Happy birthday to me!
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Who is ready for a long post that shares a really exciting update of what the heck is going on healthwise. You? You are? Anyone? Bueller? OK here we go. Trust me this is the good stuff. So take 2 minutes to read through this sucker. #seelaurenlive

The move to TN went as smoothly as it absolutely could possibly have gone. Why the heck would you move across the country with an inoperable brain tumor? Because Jesus tells you to, and he has promised full healing. In mid May God put it on our heart and by June we had a home. It was so fast and as smooth as it could have gone. My natural doctor I’ve been working with for 2 years is in Nashville and was able to come visit last week. Your prayers as always are crucial. We love our neighbors. Our church is wonderful. The crazy part healthwise is that as soon as we started talking about moving, I started having more energy than I’ve had in two years. I thought maybe it was just because I was excited for something new. Then I found out from my last scan with my natural doctor that the Candida (overgrowth of yeast caused from use of antibiotics that can cause cancer) we’ve been trying to get rid of for two years is almost completely gone and ALL of the eight parasites including the one in my head (which can also cause cancer) is gone as well. The energy has stayed. This is a gigantic breakthrough! If you can’t operate and radiation and chemo don’t work, the best thing you can do is epigenetically try to turn off the cancer mutations... and that’s exactly what we’re doing. I had one day where I broke down when unpacking was really difficult. Overall however, the energy has been way better than it has been. I’m going to take that as God continuing to heal me. And I’m going to praise him and celebrate his glory. Thank you for your continued support. We still spend about $1800-2000 a month out of pocket for care and meds but it’s working! I take about 20-30 pills per meal. (Pictured is Charlotte with my breakfast pills). This winter it was so bad some days I can hardly get out of bed. But as I heal I have more energy and strength to live! I’m thankful that my quality of life is amazing and I truly am not just surviving, but thriving. Thank you again for all your prayers and support. We are so grateful.
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“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”
Deuteronomy 5:33

Recently, God invited the Markel family to consider a geographic move for their family. In response to the Lord’s call, Ron, Lauren, Lily and Charlotte are moving to Cleveland, TN! Praise God for God’s clear guidance and provision!

One of Lauren's health care practitioners strongly encouraged Lauren to get as much as as possible with the move. Keeping the move low stress is ideal for Lauren's on-going healing journey. With your blessing, the Markel family will be using a small portion of their fund raising giving to ease the process of moving. By hiring assistance, the physical move will be much easier on the Markel Family.

Thank you for investing into the Markel family! They are excited to see how God will continue to bring healing in this next chapter of their lives!
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Michelle VanderRoest
30 months ago
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"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth...." 1 John 3:16-19

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Lauren Castle
27 months ago

Dear Lauren, I will pray for you "to live" every day. Can you pray for me to walk again? I am a Lauren, too, and your story has touched my life. I give you 100% of "my will to live" so that you may live.

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Gail
2 months ago

My prayers are with you,

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Paulette Brack
12 months ago

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Jackie
16 months ago

That is Wonderful. God Bless You

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Hilary Dodd Moore
21 months ago

We're with you ♥

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Deb Denniston Mayer
28 months ago

Do you have a tax deductible option? I was asked so I wanted to check.

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Lauren and Ron have given to my chapter of Intervarsity 10 years ago, and I appreciate them leading, and showing a good example in faith. Thank you, and let's keep fighting the good fight of faith in Jesus.

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"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth...." 1 John 3:16-19

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Lauren Castle
27 months ago

Dear Lauren, I will pray for you "to live" every day. Can you pray for me to walk again? I am a Lauren, too, and your story has touched my life. I give you 100% of "my will to live" so that you may live.

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Gail
2 months ago

My prayers are with you,

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Paulette Brack
12 months ago

Have you seen Chris Beat Cancer? Playing NOW Free: https://squareone.chrisbeatcancer.com/anticancerdiet3 Module 3 on the anti cancer diet...watch today until 9 pm. Here is the link to the series: https://squareone.chrisbeatcancer.com/go-now-a?affiliate=341 FREE THIS WEEK ONLY.

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Jackie
16 months ago

That is Wonderful. God Bless You

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Hilary Dodd Moore
21 months ago

We're with you ♥

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Deb Denniston Mayer
28 months ago

Do you have a tax deductible option? I was asked so I wanted to check.

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