Hello everyone. As many of you know, Lauren was viciously attacked while walking back to her home in Fells Point on Thursday night. Her injuries are extensive and if not for the incredible doctors and nurses at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, we would have lost my sister.
Since her surgery Friday morning, she has been progressing very well, and we are so encouraged by Lauren's fierce determination and iron will. She has been out of bed and walking in the last day, and her thoughts have already turned to getting back to work and moving past this horrific event. However, the road ahead will be long and difficult.
The outpouring of love and support for us in the wake of this vile attack has been truly overwhelming. I will never be able to tell all of you just what you have done for our family over these last few days. Words could never do it justice. The family and friends who have devoted their time, energy, sympathy and prayers to us are the reason we are able to remain strong for Lauren, and to us, you are all invaluable.
Lauren has worked every day of her life since she was old enough to do it. She has an incredible mind and is studying to achieve her Masters. She only recently became a homeowner, but that home gave her a sense of pride. She has been a shining example of what it is to stand on your own. Unfortunately, we are learning that sometimes, that isn't enough.
We are starting to get a clearer idea of the costs of surgery and her stay in the ICU, and it is yet another daunting task we have before us. The goal is lofty, but I can not think of a better cause.
If you have a few dollars that aren't working for you right now, please consider donating to help my sister overcome this nightmare she's been dragged into. It's always darkest before the dawn, and it is particularly dark at the moment, but with enough time and love, Lauren will be back. You can knock her down, but with your help, she will always get back up.
Our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you.
"Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."