Lauren's Fundraiser for Angels of Hope and Relentless
Organized by: Taryn Bradtmueller
This is Lauren, a beautiful and bright young girl who had many hopes and dreams of starting high school and attending driver's ed. She was the youngest of 4 children and she loved life and loved her family! I knew of Lauren through my Aunt Theresa and cousin's Jeffrey and Jacklyn, who all adored Lauren. Here is Lauren's story, as written by her adoring family: In April of 2013, Lauren complained of her left lower leg hurting. We went to the doctors and thinking it was simply a pulled muscle. Several weeks passed and she was still having significant pain. We went to the doctor again and asked to have an ultra sound of her leg. This is when it occurred to us that Lauren may have a tumor in her leg. We went in for an MRI and got a call the next day from the doctor stating that Lauren has a sarcoma. The next day we saw a specialist and she thought it may be “Ewing’s Sarcoma.” Lauren had a bone biopsy the next day and they confirmed that it was indeed, “Ewing’s Sarcoma.” With that being said, we were also told that she would have to go through several chemotherapy treatments, possible radiation, and physical therapy. The worst news to hear is that your 12 year old daughter has a malignant tumor. It was devastating and numbing for all of us. This cancer is rare and aggressive. It usually affects children between the ages of 10-20, but even infants have been diagnosed with it. It is a tumor that can be in the soft tissue as well as in the bone; mainly the larger bones in the legs, arms, ribs or hip and pelvic area. Lauren began her chemotherapy on June 10th of 2013, and finished on March 3rd of 2014; a total of 14 rounds of treatment. She had to go through seven 5-day treatments, along with seven 3-day treatments. Half way through her treatments she had to have surgery. They removed the tumor, resected her left tibia bone, and replaced it with a cadaver bone followed by reconstructive surgery. This surgery took eight hours total. The pathology report showed that there were some cancer cells still left behind and she started to go through radiation treatments as well. She completed all 28 of her radiation treatments. Lauren continued to be strong and fought to find healing. Despite all the treatments and prayers, God felt it best to have Lauren with him and called her home on December 9,2014 at the young age of 14. Her mother, Janet states, "Cancer affects so many lives in many forms and seems to be relentless. This is a cruel reality that we have to face, especially when it is your child. We try to see the positives of each situation, but it can be difficult at times. Lauren has shown us how brave and incredible she really is. Thank you for considering us in such a thoughtful way." Please consider donating to the two organizations who were a huge part of Lauren's fight through cancer. The amount of support they offered to Lauren and her family is amazing and, unfortunately, they have many more families to help! As medical professionals continue to work on a cure, we can work to help those who are struggling through difficult times that most of us could not imagine. Any amount, small or large will help!