Lauren's Medical Kitty Fund

$64,832 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 770 people in 11 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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Hampton Inn is giving a 99$ rate under Miller Bereavement. When you call you need to hit 0 to go to the front desk and book there. They are the ones that know about the rate and not go through central booking. They are also going to do their best to block all of the rooms together.
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Celebration of Life services for Lauren Miller will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 am. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00-8:00 Both will take place at Kisselburg Wauconda Funeral Home 235 N Main St. Wauconda, IL 60084

If you are in need of overnight accommodations, The Hampton Inn McHenry should have a block and special rate.
Hampton Inn (815) 578-1900
1555 South Route 31, McHenry, IL 60050
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Our sweet Lauren passed away this morning at 7:13 am. Both Jamie and I were here and she left us quickly and painlessly. Lauren fought very hard and chose her time to go on her terms. She was a shining soul of love, compassion, and empathy for others. She was an artist, dancer, musician, and most importantly an amazing sister and daughter. We all loved her so much. Thank you for being a part of her life and her battle. There are not enough notes or letters to thank all of you for what each of you have done for our family through this process. Please be kind to yourselves and others.

Love,
Tim, Jamie and Owen
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Posted by Tim Miller
7 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
11 months ago

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

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Bethany Venable
11 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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Wendy LaFave-Pelton
29 days ago
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My heart aches for you all. What an amazing little girl...with an amazing family. Taken WAY too soon. A beautiful angel whom is no longer in pain. Please know we all are praying for your entire family.

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Jere Righter
7 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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Christine Hjorth
11 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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Ruth Velandra Aiuto
2 months ago
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Prayers for Lauren...thank you for your updates and post. Stay strong Lauren......Beat it sweet girl, just beat it!

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Robert Eastland
11 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
11 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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Leigh Maredyth Taylor-Barringer
28 days ago

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!

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Meg Hawgood
29 days ago

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.

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Lisa Truitt Hohlbein
29 days ago

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.

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Diane Daubenspeck
29 days ago

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.

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Erika Donner Wheeler
29 days ago

Sending you and your family love and wishing you peace. I'm so sorry.

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Julie Korecki
29 days ago

my heart breaks for your family. You are all in my prayers.

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Joni Warner
29 days ago

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.

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Michelle Sydell
29 days ago

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!

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Gina Baho-Rohde
29 days ago

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

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Chuck Wheeler
29 days ago

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

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Melissa Bending
3 months ago

Welcome home!!!!

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Melissa Bending
4 months ago

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

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Carol Waggoner
9 days ago

Please know that I am praying for you and thinking of you and your family.

$40
Anonymous
10 days ago
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$25
Stephanie Pasko-Nelson
11 days ago

Jamie and Family, I am sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts.

$100
Damian Burke
18 days ago

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

JA
$50
Joe and Kathy Altmann
20 days ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.

Erin Miller Pifer
11 months ago

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

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Bethany Venable
11 months ago
4
4

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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Wendy LaFave-Pelton
29 days ago
2
2

My heart aches for you all. What an amazing little girl...with an amazing family. Taken WAY too soon. A beautiful angel whom is no longer in pain. Please know we all are praying for your entire family.

+ Read More
Jere Righter
7 months ago
2
2

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!!!!

+ Read More
Christine Hjorth
11 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
Ruth Velandra Aiuto
2 months ago
1
1

Prayers for Lauren...thank you for your updates and post. Stay strong Lauren......Beat it sweet girl, just beat it!

+ Read More
Robert Eastland
11 months ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Kristin Elena Sherman
11 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

+ Read More
Leigh Maredyth Taylor-Barringer
28 days ago

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!

+ Read More
Meg Hawgood
29 days ago

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.

+ Read More
Lisa Truitt Hohlbein
29 days ago

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.

+ Read More
Diane Daubenspeck
29 days ago

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.

+ Read More
Erika Donner Wheeler
29 days ago

Sending you and your family love and wishing you peace. I'm so sorry.

+ Read More
Julie Korecki
29 days ago

my heart breaks for your family. You are all in my prayers.

+ Read More
Joni Warner
29 days ago

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.

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Michelle Sydell
29 days ago

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!

+ Read More
Gina Baho-Rohde
29 days ago

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

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Chuck Wheeler
29 days ago

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

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Melissa Bending
3 months ago

Welcome home!!!!

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Melissa Bending
4 months ago

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

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