Please join team Lauren's Legacy for the 23rd Annual Stroll for Strong Kids Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, June 1st to help support Golisano Children’s 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 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.
If you are participating in the 5K, please use discount code “running” to waive the $30 registration fee.