Lauren's Medical Kitty Fund
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.
This upcoming week is full and her treatment is far from over, but we are happy to be over this hump. She has a full week of appointments as her transplant team continues to follow her closely and she meets a new team who will manage her next stage of treatment. Lauren will be prepped for radiation that will start in two weeks. She will have 20 rounds of radiation to her right kidney where the tumor was removed and also to the area behind her heart where she had significant tumor growth initially. Lauren qualified for a newer type of radiation called proton beam radiation. We are very lucky that we live in proximity to one of the very few centers in the US that offer this. It is special because we are told that the beams of radiation will hit the target spot and stop, whereas traditional radiation is known to hit the surrounding tissue. This will significantly lower her risk of additional cancers due to this treatment.
Thanks again for all the continued support! I know many of you have said you look forward to seeing these updates and we truly appreciate everyone who’s following Lauren’s story. These last few months have been rough for Lauren and our family. We are happy to put it behind us and look forward to checking another treatment off the long list therapies she must go through. We can’t wait for her to get back to just being a kid again.
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Love all the big smiles and awesome news. Stay strong!
Bless you for everything you do! I wish I can help here, but I gave everything I can for Tiger cat, who is suffering from a Chronic Kidney Failure. My daughter have 10 rescued cats to take care of. They all were strays back in Ukraine. You can see Tigers page: "Help to save Tiger kitty-cat"
Thank you for the update. Praying for you everyday. Glad you are feeling better.
Dear Lauren, I am praying for a full recovery for you sweet girl. You are a hero in my eyes. Your sweet smile captured my heart early on. My grand kids are around your age. One day at a time and know that there is love and prayers out here surrounding you. God bless. Ann
Lauren is in my prayers every day!
Prayers to your family and especially to Lauren. Hoping for healthy, sweet holidays for all of you.
Keep up the great work, Lauren! You are truly amazing. So very happy to hear the good news. Stay strong.
That’s amazing news!! Way to chop down that tree, Lauren!!!
Keep the good news coming. I LOVE your update.
I've been praying for Sweet Little Lauren !!!
Love the pillow Lauren! That is awesome! Very happy reading this update. I keep praying for you guys!!
Thank you for the updates. She is a strong little lady! We keep Lauren and your family in our prayers. Great, great news!
Praise God! Continued prayers for precious Lauren!