Please join team Lauren's Legacy for the 22nd Annual Stroll for Strong Kids Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, June 2nd to help support Golisano Children’s Hospital!
Lauren’s Legacy has committed to raise $250,000 to benefit the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. All funds raised by team Lauren's Legacy at this year's event will go towards that goal. The new hospital features 245,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and their families with private rooms, a two-story playdeck, hospitality suite and concierge services for parents, and two outdoor healing gardens. The West Healing Garden, Lauren's Garden, has been named in memory of Lauren. Lauren loved the outdoors and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor her memory. Patients, their families and visitors will be able to visit the garden and enjoy fresh air and an outdoor space while visiting the hospital.
In late May 2011 Lauren Paige Olander was a typical five year-old. She had just finished pre-school and was excited to start kindergarten in the fall. She loved playing with her friends, swimming, soccer, dance and exploring the great outdoors. Lauren was proud to have just become a big sister and looking forward to going to our family cottage with her baby brother for the first time and showing him everything there was to do there.
On June 5, 2011, Lauren was diagnosed with a rare biphenotypic acute leukemia and a mass was also discovered in her chest. She immediately began a steroid treatment to attack the mass in her chest. After a failed attempt at placing a picc line in her arm, Lauren underwent surgery to have a Broviac Catheter placed in her chest on June 9th.
After two weeks of treatment in the hospital, Lauren's leukemia was drastically improving. On Saturday, June 18th, 2011, she got dressed for the first time since she was admitted two weeks prior, and enthusiastically ventured out to the hospital's play deck for a game of Wii. But a cure was not to be for Lauren, her little body just couldn't handle the chemotherapy and she died of an abdominal sepsis the very next day, Sunday, June 19th, 2011, Father's Day.
Join our team by clicking the "Join Team" button on our page and select our team "Lauren's Legacy".
Can't join us? Please consider making a donation to help one of our participants reach their personal goal.
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