See Lauren Live

$111,490 of $245,000 goal

Raised by 585 people in 28 months
Leslie Carpenter Bolt
on behalf of Lauren Ballema Markel
 KALAMAZOO, MI
In November 2015, Lauren learned that she has an DIPG inoperable brain tumor. DIPG has approximately 350 cases diagnosed each year, mostly in children. To be dignosed as an adult is extremely rare. Lauren's survival rate with most medical treatment is virtually non-existant. However, from the time of diagnosis, God has given Lauren the verse "I will not die but live and I will proclaim what the Lord has done." Psalm 118:17

Lauren Markel is a wife, mother, and campus minister at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  Lauren has been happily married for seven years, has two beautiful daughters, and spends time during the week influencing student leaders at WMU. To know Lauren, is to love her. Her passion for life, and joyful, fun loving spirit is contagious. 

We are reaching out to her community and nationwide to support her in an opportunity to seek treatment. Lauren has discovered DNA specific, gene targeted therapy options for this rare condition that have been effective for others and are in the process of becoming proven methods for recovery.
After much research and guidance from various physicians, specialists and practitioners, Lauren has decided to move forward in these specialized treatment options in hopes that she can become a living testimony of breakthrough in this field for many that come behind her.

This treatment will cost around $245,000, none of which insurance can cover. We need to get started right away as the timeline they have given us requires action immediately.

We are actively seeking 245-255 individuals who would consider giving $1000 who would like to support.  If you or anyone you know would like to partner with us in the $1000 giving or giving in any donation, we are so grateful for the help and support and consider this money well invested not only in their lives and for the sake of their family, but for many families who could benefit coming after the Markel family in the case of similar events.  A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

We believe Jesus is the source of healing and that both medical wisdom and supernatural intervention will allow Lauren to live. "I will not die but live and proclaim what the Lord has done." Psalm 118:17

Thank you so much for your prayers and partnership!

Leslie Holmes on behalf of the Markel Family
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Today is my birthday and I had so much energy. Earlier this week I felt so awful that I laid in bed pretty much all day and had zero energy. Today I walked all around rock city and here it is 8:42 and I still have a lot of energy. I know that’s because people are praying for me today. Just know that your prayers really do make a huge difference...it’s not just words, they change lives like mine. I also started an intervenous new Med this week And have been on a supplement for the past month and a half that has helped brain cancer patients eradicate their tumors. It’s about $1400 a month for these meds. I continue to be the trial. Some days are great, like today, and some days are really hard. I’m still standing on the promises of the Lord and believing for full healing. If you could continue to pray for symptoms to not interfere with my daily life that would be great. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and your gifts towards our medical treatments. I am so thankful for another year of life. As I was praying today God brought to mind Proverbs 3:5. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in ALL your ways and he will make your paths straight”. It’s pretty much a daily occurrence to ask the Lord, what do you want me to eat today? how do you want me to live today? He is the great physician and I’m still standing on his promises for a full healing. Thank you again for all your prayers and support. Happy birthday to me!
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Who is ready for a long post that shares a really exciting update of what the heck is going on healthwise. You? You are? Anyone? Bueller? OK here we go. Trust me this is the good stuff. So take 2 minutes to read through this sucker. #seelaurenlive

The move to TN went as smoothly as it absolutely could possibly have gone. Why the heck would you move across the country with an inoperable brain tumor? Because Jesus tells you to, and he has promised full healing. In mid May God put it on our heart and by June we had a home. It was so fast and as smooth as it could have gone. My natural doctor I’ve been working with for 2 years is in Nashville and was able to come visit last week. Your prayers as always are crucial. We love our neighbors. Our church is wonderful. The crazy part healthwise is that as soon as we started talking about moving, I started having more energy than I’ve had in two years. I thought maybe it was just because I was excited for something new. Then I found out from my last scan with my natural doctor that the Candida (overgrowth of yeast caused from use of antibiotics that can cause cancer) we’ve been trying to get rid of for two years is almost completely gone and ALL of the eight parasites including the one in my head (which can also cause cancer) is gone as well. The energy has stayed. This is a gigantic breakthrough! If you can’t operate and radiation and chemo don’t work, the best thing you can do is epigenetically try to turn off the cancer mutations... and that’s exactly what we’re doing. I had one day where I broke down when unpacking was really difficult. Overall however, the energy has been way better than it has been. I’m going to take that as God continuing to heal me. And I’m going to praise him and celebrate his glory. Thank you for your continued support. We still spend about $1800-2000 a month out of pocket for care and meds but it’s working! I take about 20-30 pills per meal. (Pictured is Charlotte with my breakfast pills). This winter it was so bad some days I can hardly get out of bed. But as I heal I have more energy and strength to live! I’m thankful that my quality of life is amazing and I truly am not just surviving, but thriving. Thank you again for all your prayers and support. We are so grateful.
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“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”
Deuteronomy 5:33

Recently, God invited the Markel family to consider a geographic move for their family. In response to the Lord’s call, Ron, Lauren, Lily and Charlotte are moving to Cleveland, TN! Praise God for God’s clear guidance and provision!

One of Lauren's health care practitioners strongly encouraged Lauren to get as much as as possible with the move. Keeping the move low stress is ideal for Lauren's on-going healing journey. With your blessing, the Markel family will be using a small portion of their fund raising giving to ease the process of moving. By hiring assistance, the physical move will be much easier on the Markel Family.

Thank you for investing into the Markel family! They are excited to see how God will continue to bring healing in this next chapter of their lives!
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Dear See Lauren Live Family, Thank you so much for continuing to pray and support us. We are continuing to pursue what God is calling each step of the way without having any other clinical trials available, we continue to “be the trial” ourselves. (I️ think We talked about this in our last update) Right now Lauren is continuing the holistic treatments she had to pause while doing infusions. These helped heal her candida, parasites and immune system and epigentically we hope to open a door for the cancer genes to “shut off” through epigenetics. We are in a place where every day we have to seek the Lords guidance as to what to do next. It’s pricey but not nearly as much as other treatment options. This is such a tough tumor in a tough situation. There is very little doctors can offer in the medical side of things and of course nothing is covered by insurance. Many of the kids who have DIPG are headed to Monterey, Mexico for a treatment they’re costing close to $350,000 for the year (17,000 a treatment plus plane tickets, hospital stay and food). We don’t feel led to do that yet but either way are asking for a miracle (healing or financial) because clearly we aren’t millionaires. It’s been amazing to kids these kids have scans with NED... no evidence of disease after going through several treatments. We would love your prayers against fear and worry. Lauren’s latest scan said slow growth which has been the majority of results over the last two years. We were so thankful to be able to be treated in TX but unfortunately although it kept the tumor from
Growing, it wasn’t shrinking it. Please keep praying against new symptoms and for FULL healing. We know this is been a journey for more than just our family but your prayers really really do make a huge difference. Stay up to date on all the latest update videos, annoucements and fundraisers by following the See Lauren Live facebook page. We are standing on the promise of healing. With Appreciation and Love, The Markel Family
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Michelle VanderRoest
28 months ago
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"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth...." 1 John 3:16-19

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Lauren Castle
24 months ago

Dear Lauren, I will pray for you "to live" every day. Can you pray for me to walk again? I am a Lauren, too, and your story has touched my life. I give you 100% of "my will to live" so that you may live.

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Paulette Brack
10 months ago

Have you seen Chris Beat Cancer? Playing NOW Free: https://squareone.chrisbeatcancer.com/anticancerdiet3 Module 3 on the anti cancer diet...watch today until 9 pm. Here is the link to the series: https://squareone.chrisbeatcancer.com/go-now-a?affiliate=341 FREE THIS WEEK ONLY.

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Jackie
13 months ago

That is Wonderful. God Bless You

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Hilary Dodd Moore
19 months ago

We're with you ♥

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Deb Denniston Mayer
26 months ago

Do you have a tax deductible option? I was asked so I wanted to check.

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Chris Smith
3 days ago

Lauren and Ron have given to my chapter of Intervarsity 10 years ago, and I appreciate them leading, and showing a good example in faith. Thank you, and let's keep fighting the good fight of faith in Jesus.

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5 days ago
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26 days ago
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James and Sam Patton
1 month ago

Love you, Lauren! God is good, and HE is going to give you full healing and abundance of health!

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Michelle VanderRoest
28 months ago
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"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth...." 1 John 3:16-19

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Lauren Castle
24 months ago

Dear Lauren, I will pray for you "to live" every day. Can you pray for me to walk again? I am a Lauren, too, and your story has touched my life. I give you 100% of "my will to live" so that you may live.

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Paulette Brack
10 months ago

Have you seen Chris Beat Cancer? Playing NOW Free: https://squareone.chrisbeatcancer.com/anticancerdiet3 Module 3 on the anti cancer diet...watch today until 9 pm. Here is the link to the series: https://squareone.chrisbeatcancer.com/go-now-a?affiliate=341 FREE THIS WEEK ONLY.

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Jackie
13 months ago

That is Wonderful. God Bless You

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Hilary Dodd Moore
19 months ago

We're with you ♥

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Deb Denniston Mayer
26 months ago

Do you have a tax deductible option? I was asked so I wanted to check.

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