Fight Cancer With Sara Lauber (nee Hawerlander)

Our good friend Sara Lauber (nee Hawerlander) was diagnosed with Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary (NeuroEndocrine type) in July. Take a second to Google that... If the results were limited to non-existent, that's because there are less than 500 cases in the world of this type of cancer.

Sara is a loving, smart, beautiful woman, wife and daughter whose life has been turned upside down in a matter of months from this aggressive cancer. What started as abdominal discomfort and a single large unknown tumor on her left ovary, rapidly morphed into a life threatening and deadly cancer spreading throughout her abdomen and around her lower spine causing her to temporarily lose the use of her legs.

Since June 18th, Sara has undergone 2 major tumor debulking operations and has most recently been in the hospital for 10 weeks undergoing radiation to treat the tumors on her spine and a customized chemotherapy/immunotherapy regimen to fight off the cancer.

The radiation did help significantly reduce her back pain and bring back feeling in her legs and feet. Working with OT and PT daily she’s making good strides rebuilding strength

Unfortunately, the chemotherapy/immunotherapy failed with the cancer continuing to grow and spread. At this stage, the oncology team believes her cancer is incurable giving her 1-3 months to live in a hospice setting.

Well, Sara is far from ready to just be done. She’s always embraced holistic healing and living as a way of life and is committed to using every option available to heal from this cancer. So, while continuing to regain independence, mobility and strength to walk at an acute rehabilitation facility, she is also researching experimental, naturopathic and alternative treatments for her cancer.

The exact costs for fully treating Sara, especially as we step into the world insurance won’t cover, are not known. Her path to healing and walking will likely take time. Derek (with the help of Sara’s Mom, Ann) has been caring full-time for Sara, and when she comes home from the rehabilitation facility, we expect that to continue for some time. Any funds we collect here, will be 100% put towards paying for experimental treatments, rehabilitation, in home healthcare and all related costs to get Sara healthy and back on her feet.

We are looking to reach our fundraising goal by the end of October as that’s when Sara is scheduled to leave rehab and come home to a house with all of the devices she’ll need to be successful at living. It will also ensure Derek and Sara can keep emotionally focused on healing, while not having to worry about the costs associated with Sara’s treatment.

One of the biggest hurdles Sara is facing, is the rarity of her cancer. Less than 500 people worldwide have been diagnosed similarly, and so we need to elevate and amplify this as much as possible. Use #SarasTeam when sharing this with your social media.

The speed that this cancer has attacked the Lauber family has been incredible. It snuck up on them and it struck quickly. Let's show that we can fight back even faster so Sara can heal from the cancer.

We are asking for what they won’t ask for… Help to bring a miracle to life.

For those of you who have been generous, with your love, prayers, healing energy and financial gifts to date, we thank you again.
  • Ben Hanten 
    • $50 
    • 17 mos
  • Jess and Mike DiPaolo 
    • $500 
    • 17 mos
  • Cory J Drees 
    • $50 
    • 17 mos
  • Michael Ryan 
    • $50 
    • 17 mos
  • Barbara Ruffinott 
    • $20 
    • 18 mos
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Fundraising team: Sara's Team #SarasTeam (8)

Joe Slepski 
Raised $50 from 1 donation
Denver, CO
Derek Lauber 
Suzanne Pohl 
Team member
Raised $250 from 1 donation
Amanda Yuill 
Team member
Douglas Graham 
Team member
Philip Carava 
Team member
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