For those of you that don't know a whole lot about little Miss Lauren, she's a vivacious 6 year old that is bursting with creativity. She's a wonderful story teller, dancer, artist, singer, sister and friend to any and all that have the privilege to come in contact with her.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Lauren was brought to Condell for bruising and swelling around her eyes which was initially attributed to allergies. She was lethargic and sensitive to cold and was continually getting the chills. While there, they performed a head CT that showed a mass behind both eyes and drew her blood which showed low hemoglobin levels. That prompted a transfer to Lutheran General in Park Ridge. There Lauren received blood transfusions as well as several other scans of her entire body. The scans revealed Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in her adrenal gland (near her kidney), brain, spine, sternum and in her bone marrow. We've been assured by her oncology team that neuroblastoma responds very well to treatment which is why Lauren is starting chemotherapy immediately.
We can already feel all of the love and support from family, friends, colleagues and perfect strangers. We have no idea what the costs will ultimately be for her treatments. With this diagnosis, there have been unexpected costs associated with getting to and from the hospital, preparing their home as a safe and sterile environment for when she's done with her first round of treatments and other medical related expenses.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and we will try our best to keep her status updated.
All of our love,
Tim, Jamie, Owen & Lauren
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.