Lauren's Medical Kitty Fund

$54,922 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 638 people in 8 months
Tim Miller
on behalf of Tim Miller
 MCHENRY, IL
Thank you for visiting Lauren's Medical Expense Kitty Page!!
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.
                           -Mother Theresa
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Lauren started her first proton beam radiation treatment yesterday. She tolerated it very well and did amazing. She walked out of the center feeling like a million bucks, but then got sick the whole car ride home. We knew it was too early! So after second treatment we are trying some medication for nausea and hanging out at the center to see how she does. She continues to be underweight. Her weight is hanging around 35lbs but her appetite is returning and at times says "I'm starving! What can I eat?" We think this is a pretty good sign! These treatments will go every weekday for the next 4 weeks. They are radiating two spots the first is her primary tumor site by the right kidney and the surrounding lymph nodes. The second spot is around her heart and chest area where she has some scar tissue left from the tumors. This is all to make sure these high risk areas don't grow back. We are so thankful to have access to proton beam radiation in our area. It should significantly decrease her risk of radiation side effects (other cancers) later in life.
Back to school with her tutor!
Treasure box of gifts to open!
Day 2 down! Filling chart with Cats!
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Lauren was able to leave the Ronald McDonald House on Friday and come home. She is doing really well with her transplant recovery and her doctors are very happy with her progress. She is severely underweight but is starting to eat more and more every day. This will also help with regain her strength that she lost with her extended hospital stay. Her next step in treatment is radiation and the tentative start date is February 12th. She will receive 20 rounds of proton beam radiation to her surrounding heart tissue and right kidney area. These areas were chosen due to their significant disease and tumor involvement. Although she does not currently have any detectable tumors, treating these areas will hopefully prevent relapse in areas most at risk. In the meantime, Lauren is resting at home and enjoying the break from treatment for now. We are still counting down the days until she can see her kitten and visit with friends and family again. Her brother has stepped in as a big helper and we love seeing them back together.
Owen helping out
Calico critter time
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After 32 days in the hospital, Lauren completed her second stem cell transplant stay! We are happy to say that it went much more smoothly than her first and she was released to the Ronald McDonald house today. The family is grateful to all be together. Lauren was most excited to see her brother! This stay was filled with many different events. She celebrated Christmas and New Years, but probably will remember her segment on Windy City Live on ABC, where Lauren and another patient were featured as participants of Humor for Hope. They are a wonderful improv comedy group who visit children weekly and bring some amazing experiences to kids who are sick.

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.
Link to Windy City live episode
http://abc7chicago.com/society/4-star-chicagoan-humor-for-hope/2968270/
The person she talked about the most
All packed up and ready to leave
Not sure who is happier Mom or Lauren!
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Lauren has engrafted and she is feeling much better. She is being weaned slowly off meds and is still at risk for infections. But at least she’s not miserable. During this recovery she is trying to stay busy and gain her strength back. She continues to work with physical and occupational therapy. She also got her first experience with massage therapy and loved it!! Music therapy might have to step up their game. We know she’s feeling better because she is up for playing with her Christmas presents for the first time. She tells us that the hardest part of this process is how much she misses her kitten Joey and her brother Owen. She made her Mom feel so bad for her that she was promised a girl kitten when she is done with treatment!
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Posted by Tim Miller
4 months ago ago
We got the results back from Lauren’s MRI and bone marrow biopsy and they are NEGATIVE for cancer cells! The MRI looked specifically at her brain, head, and spine. This was important because she had extensive tumor growth on her brain, eye orbits, and all along her spinal dura. She has responded so well to the chemo and was able to clear the disease past detection on scans. Her bone marrow has also been cleared of cancer cells! This is such a relief after the many months of treatment. Unfortunately, the treatment did cause Lauren to acquire partial hearing loss. We were told this was a likely possibility and it has been confirmed. She will be fitted for hearing aids in a few months. She still has a long road ahead of her, as this type of cancer is very aggressive and has a high recurrence rate in Lauren’s age group.

We are moving into her next treatment steps to hopefully prevent relapse. This next step is most likely going to be the most challenging of her treatments so far. She will be admitted on Sunday to Comer’s Children’s Hospital for her first of two Stem Cell Transplants. She will be given a very high dose of chemo for 6 days and then will have her own stem cells infused to help her recover. This will hopefully kill any residual cancer cells that cannot be detected on scans but, in doing so, she will be completely immunocompromised. This will require long hospital stays around 4- 6 weeks at a time and isolation precautions until 100 days after the second transplant. During this time she will only be allowed visits from a few adult family members and only see her brother during her short break between transplants at home. She will most likely spend the holidays in the hospital. We trust her care team to support us through this next step and are prepared to do everything we can to get Lauren closer to a cancer-free childhood.
Lauren with Moms hair!
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Erin Miller Pifer
8 months ago

Thank you to everyone who is helping my cousin lauren ♥️love Libby

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Bethany Venable
8 months ago
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Consider changing websites for raising funds to www.youcaring.com They don't charge or take a percentage of what is donated.

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Christine Hjorth
8 months ago
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Jackson my 7 year old reminds me every night to pray for your daughter. Lauren is such a cutie!

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Jere Righter
4 months ago
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I am THRILLED for all of you!!! Tears in my eyes, and a new outlook on my day.... Prayers continue, but this is just wonderful news! Great job, Lauren - GOOD CHOPPING!!!!

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Robert Eastland
8 months ago
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This is beautiful, so many people giving what they can. You all make a difference.

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Kristin Elena Sherman
8 months ago
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Honwe are another neuroblastoma family and we have a wonderful support system - would love to help in any way - answer questions, etc! Please reach out in any way you can - whenever you are ready Kristin - 760 490 3977

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Melissa Bending
17 days ago

Welcome home!!!!

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Melissa Bending
27 days ago

Love all the big smiles and awesome news. Stay strong!

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Elena Baranovska
1 month ago

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"

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Melissa Bending
1 month ago

Thank you for the update. Praying for you everyday. Glad you are feeling better.

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Ann Judson Buschick
1 month ago

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

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Monika Makoski
3 months ago

Lauren is in my prayers every day!

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Ruth Velandra Aiuto
3 months ago

Prayers to your family and especially to Lauren. Hoping for healthy, sweet holidays for all of you.

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Linda Salenbien
4 months ago

Keep up the great work, Lauren! You are truly amazing. So very happy to hear the good news. Stay strong.

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Meg Hawgood
4 months ago

That’s amazing news!! Way to chop down that tree, Lauren!!!

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Karla A Holmes
4 months ago

Keep the good news coming. I LOVE your update.

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Tina Maria DiGiorgio Forsythe
5 months ago

I've been praying for Sweet Little Lauren !!!

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Jenna B. Salenbien
7 months ago

Love the pillow Lauren! That is awesome! Very happy reading this update. I keep praying for you guys!!

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Linda Salenbien
7 months ago

Thank you for the updates. She is a strong little lady! We keep Lauren and your family in our prayers. Great, great news!

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RexDebbie Corbin
7 months ago

Praise God! Continued prayers for precious Lauren!

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Terri Wood
4 days ago

Lauren, keep earning those kitties on your board. You are an amazing warrior that has captured many hearts. Happy Valentines Day ♥

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Robert Gordon
28 days ago

Great news. Only 55 days until Woodies opens, Tim.

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Christina Lorenzo
1 month ago

Sending positive vibes and strength to the whole family!

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1 month ago
Erin Miller Pifer
8 months ago

Thank you to everyone who is helping my cousin lauren ♥️love Libby

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Bethany Venable
8 months ago
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Consider changing websites for raising funds to www.youcaring.com They don't charge or take a percentage of what is donated.

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Christine Hjorth
8 months ago
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2

Jackson my 7 year old reminds me every night to pray for your daughter. Lauren is such a cutie!

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Jere Righter
4 months ago
1
1

I am THRILLED for all of you!!! Tears in my eyes, and a new outlook on my day.... Prayers continue, but this is just wonderful news! Great job, Lauren - GOOD CHOPPING!!!!

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Robert Eastland
8 months ago
1
1

This is beautiful, so many people giving what they can. You all make a difference.

+ Read More
Kristin Elena Sherman
8 months ago
1
1

Honwe are another neuroblastoma family and we have a wonderful support system - would love to help in any way - answer questions, etc! Please reach out in any way you can - whenever you are ready Kristin - 760 490 3977

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Melissa Bending
17 days ago

Welcome home!!!!

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Melissa Bending
27 days ago

Love all the big smiles and awesome news. Stay strong!

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Elena Baranovska
1 month ago

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"

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Melissa Bending
1 month ago

Thank you for the update. Praying for you everyday. Glad you are feeling better.

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Ann Judson Buschick
1 month ago

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

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Monika Makoski
3 months ago

Lauren is in my prayers every day!

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Ruth Velandra Aiuto
3 months ago

Prayers to your family and especially to Lauren. Hoping for healthy, sweet holidays for all of you.

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Linda Salenbien
4 months ago

Keep up the great work, Lauren! You are truly amazing. So very happy to hear the good news. Stay strong.

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Meg Hawgood
4 months ago

That’s amazing news!! Way to chop down that tree, Lauren!!!

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Karla A Holmes
4 months ago

Keep the good news coming. I LOVE your update.

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Tina Maria DiGiorgio Forsythe
5 months ago

I've been praying for Sweet Little Lauren !!!

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Jenna B. Salenbien
7 months ago

Love the pillow Lauren! That is awesome! Very happy reading this update. I keep praying for you guys!!

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Linda Salenbien
7 months ago

Thank you for the updates. She is a strong little lady! We keep Lauren and your family in our prayers. Great, great news!

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RexDebbie Corbin
7 months ago

Praise God! Continued prayers for precious Lauren!

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