One of Lauren's nieces who carries her name as her middle name, enjoying some bubbles!!
We've just created a Facebook page for The Living Lauren's Legacy Foundation. We hope it serves to generate support for great causes, service opportunities, words of comfort and cheer, and to raise funds and awareness. So far, the Living Lauren's Legacy Foundation has involved itself in many opportunities to help with tuition for needy students, funds to support medical bills, suicide prevention, cancer research, orphanage supplies, the battle against sex-trafficking, homes for abused children in Peru, humanitarian aid in Cambodia, relief efforts in many storms and other natural disasters, and funds for diseases ranging from Cystic Fibrosis to Batten Disease and many others.
When Lauren was given the opportunity to make a wish through the Make-A-Wish foundation, she didn't hesitate before saying simply: "I wish to give my wish away!" When I questioned why, she replied: "I already have my Happily Ever After, mom ... I want to give my wish to someone who needs it more than I do."
On 11/11/11, our family carried out her wish and presented Make-A-Wish with the funds to give a small trip, new bedroom set, and a computer to a young teenager struggling with Kidney disease. We also published two books based on Lauren's perspective of why she felt that her life, although threatened and ultimately cut short by cancer, was indeed, already a "Happily Ever After." We've been striving ever since to make a difference, be it ever so small, to continue giving Lauren's wish away, just as she would want to.
100% of any funds we raise go to these and other projects we feel spreading some of her comfort, cheer, and good humor will be most beneficial.
It's a beautiful world filled with love, beauty, and tender mercies. Sometimes, we need an extra boost to help us in the inevitable challenges and unbearable difficulties that can also dot our earthly experience. In these times, we just need to "hold hands and stick together" .... something Lauren's Foundation is specifically designed to do. Thanks for your friendship and support!