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.
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Tim, Jamie and Owen
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.
I am so sorry for your loss! I’ve been following your story for a while now since you first started this page! Heaven gained a beautiful angel! No words can heal your pain just know a lot of people will be praying for you!
I am devastated to hear about your loss. Lauren was a real fighter and such an inspiration. Sending prayers to your family and loved ones.
You don't know me, but I am work with someone who asked me to pray for you. Please know I am so very sorry for such a tremendous loss and am praying for your peace as you continue to grieve. God's Best to you.
Heaven has a new angel. I hope you can find comfort in knowing Lauren is your guardian angel and is always with you even now in your sorrow her warm smile is shining down on you. Now the world will know her love and warmth. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Lauren with all of us.
Sending you and your family love and wishing you peace. I'm so sorry.
my heart breaks for your family. You are all in my prayers.
My heart goes out to you all. So blessed to have spent some summer creative time with Lauren and Owen. I am praying for you all. May faith, family, and friends give you strength. Much love to you all. We will continue to keep you all close in our hearts and prayers.
We are so sorry to hear about Lauren. At least now she is free of pain and suffering. She has her wings now, well earned. May God bring your family peace and love. many prayers for you and your family. Lauren will be with you forever!
I am so very sorry to hear this...Late last night I read your most recent post. My heart is breaking for your family. I know the struggles that you have endured. I will continue to pray for peace for your family. Big hugs to the Johnson family as well. Love, Gina
Tim, Jamie and Owen: God be with all of you as Lauren departs on her final journey. I don't know what you are going through but I know it is difficult and complex. So sorry for your loss and if Susan and I can be of any assistance please just let us know. Love Chuck & Susan
Love all the big smiles and awesome news. Stay strong!