Dear Friends and Family:
Thank you so much for stopping by our Team LaLa Fundraising Page. This is just another step in our continued effort to turn what was "our mess" into "our message." Our family is so lucky every day to have a happy and healthy little girl in our lives and we will forever be grateful to Be the Match for their role in that blessing.
Neil and I are so honored that our friends and family would consider joining the registry or giving a donation in our girl's honor. She really brings a happiness and flare for the dramatic to the world that would be grately missed without her. As we get married and make our own family, we want to honor the organization that kept my family going strong. Thank you so much for helping in our fight!
For those of you that don't know Lauren Elizabeth Moore was diagnosed with Acute T-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia just a few days before her 2nd birthday. What we thought was an ear infection, changed all of our lives in a matter of days. Lauren began treatment at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital immediately, which consisted of surgeries and spinal taps and chemotherapy treatments for months. She fought hard, always with a smile on her face, but after a few rounds of chemotherapy it became clear that this wasn't going to be enough. The doctors decided that Lauren's best chance at survival was a bone marrow transplant and if that didn't work, they no longer had an answer for us. Everyone in the family was tested and no one was more than a 50% match for Lauren, her new baby brother's umbilical cord was even banked in hopes he'd be the one to save her life. So we had to turn to the National Bone Marrow Registry. The first piece of good news we had during all of Lauren's battle was that Be the Match had found a bone marrow match for our LaLa and it was a good one. Lauren and her parents, little brother, and "MiMi" moved to Seattle where Seattle Children's Hospital would perform the transplant. After the transplant LaLa spent 100 days in the hospital and a few more weeks in Seattle after that. But, then we finally got the best news of all: LaLa was finally cancer free and our girl came home! Without Be The Match finding LaLa's perfect match, the world would have lost a lot of love and joy that she brings.
Since our family got a miracle, we've been fighting hard to try and bring that same miracle to another family. In the time since LaLa's official "Rebirthday" we've added more than 1000 members to the Bone Marrow Drives run by MiMi and Team LaLa. And now, we're trying to add money to the research and patient services programs that Be the Match provides. Lauren's type of cancer was so rare that we had to go all the way to Seattle to find doctors who'd performed a transplant on a child that young with her type of cancer. We need to bring research to this field and training to doctors across the country to make sure every kid facing this battle has the help they need!
Inspired by Sarah's story? Start your own fundraising page today to help patients in need of a bone marrow transplant!