BENEFITING: LIVE FOR TODAY FOUNDATION INC
Lauren is a compassionate and kind mother of two who was diagnosed with advanced stage Ewing's Sarcoma shortly after the birth of her second child. Debilitating pain in her upper back and shortness of breath led doctors to discover a tumor the size of half of a cantaloupe crushing her rib cage and collapsing her right lung.
After nearly a year of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation, Lauren's tumor did not seem to be responding—in fact, it was growing. Her treatment brought on numerous side effects including severe pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis which led to loss of use of the majority of her right lung. During an inpatient hospital visit to treat a respiratory infection and prevent the collapse of her lung, doctors discovered her tumor had begun to break up into pieces. Through a series of several intense surgeries, doctors removed the remaining tumor as well as several bones and muscles in her chest and spine. After nearly three weeks in intensive care, Lauren emerged cancer free but partially disabled from the surgeries.
Today, Lauren is in remission, but has had to give up her career as a Pharmacist due to long-term effects from her treatment and surgeries.
"Giving up my dream job toward which I worked for my whole life was very difficult, but my new perspective gained throughout the trials of cancer led me to understand that there is nothing more important than spending time with your children and giving them the very best that you have." - Lauren, Ewings Sarcoma
We want your help to give Lauren and her husband a wonderful celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary in Napa Valley!
Details of her Life Adventure
- Hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley
- Private car service
- Food & wine tours of Kuleto Estate Winery, Foley Johnson Winery, and Cakebread Cellars