I'm running the Disney marathon in memory of my dear friend Lauren, who lived her life to the fullest in the face of cancer.
I'd known Lauren since elementary school. She was a joy to be around, and always a positive influence. The girl never had a bad thing to say about anyone, and was a friend to all. She would light up the room with her smile. The world smiled with her.
Lauren kept an upbeat, positive attitude no matter what life handed her. The first time she was diagnosed with cancer (osteosarcoma), she swore it wouldn't get the best of her. We'd talk about chemo and injections over dinner and wine (cancer would NOT get in the way of her social life!). With her head high and her will strong, Lauren beat the cancer into remission. However, months later during a follow up visit with her doctor, more cancer was found. This time it was in her lungs. She met with different doctors and tried multiple methods to fight the cancer. Her condition wasn't improving, but she didn't let it get in the way of living her life. Most of us didn't know the severity of the situation until we attended her wedding. We celebrated and danced the night away when she married her high school sweetheart. The following day she was admitted to the hospital. We lost her two weeks later. She will be forever missed and in our hearts.
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer, and most prevalent in teens and young adults. It is considered a childhood cancer. Please help support my run to remember Lauren and support Caleb's Crusade, a charity benefitting families of children with childhood cancers. Every little bit is appreciated.