Lauren is a 17 year old girl from Bement, IL.  Lauren was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma tumor right before Christmas on December 23, 2015.  She has had two neurosurgeries but her tumor cannot be removed as it is wrapped around the pituitary stalk.  So instead of additional neurosurgery, Lauren’s tumor is being treated with radiation at the Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville, IL.

We met Lauren at the Art Night held at RMH in Winfield while she was staying there in June.  Lauren and her Mom, Michelle, participated in the sculpey clay handprint and footprint activity and had much fun doing it!

On June 30, Carmen Ziegler-AAFH Board member and her daughter, Sarah, who was Alyssa’s friend since childhood, delivered Lauren’s teal colored Dr. Dre Beats headphones.  In the afternoon of June 30, Lauren had been released from Lurie Children’s Hospital and sent for her radiation appointment in the evening.   After a long day, Lauren and Michelle were back at the RMH in Winfield and she was surprised and happy when she received her brand new headset.