Please consider joining our team and participating in Lauren's Run (or walk) 5k/2k on Sunday, April 28th, in honor of Nina and all of the children who currently are or who have ever had to fight childhood cancer. This event raises money for CURE, an organization that funds research for childhood cancer and supports families dealing with pediatric cancer. After the race, Lauren's Run participants, as well as families diagnosed with childhood cancer, join together for the CURE Annual Picnic. The CURE Picnic is a day unlike any other! Dozens of games, prizes, face painting, inflatables, music and dancing, arts and crafts, a full lunch, and so much more. The CURE Picnic is a reunion for our families and a day of fun for all! Remember you can walk or run either the 5K or 2k. We will have runners and walkers alike in our group.
If you are unable to join us at this event, please kindly consider making a donation on this team page in honor of Nina and all of the Children who currently are or who have ever had to battle childhood cancer. Any amount is appreciated. Let's do our part to help find a CURE.
Nina is a beautiful, kind hearted 16 year old teenager who has been battling cancer on and off since she was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma as a nine year old little girl in January 2012. Hodgkin's Lymphoma is usually one of the most curable forms of cancer, but because of Nina's rare auto immune skin disorder and history of serious infection, it has been very difficult to treat. She has gone through almost countless rounds of chemo therapy, immune therapies, and other ground breaking therapies over the years. Despite all of this, she has continued to relapse over and over again. About a year ago her doctors decided to plan the most aggressive course of action in spite of serious risks, in order for Nina to have the best chance of ultimately regaining her health and never relapsing again.
On June 7, 2018 Nina was admitted to Egleston Hospital to begin the process of a bone marrow transplant. Due to many complications following the bone marrow transplant, Nina is still in the hospital and has been there now for ten and a half consecutive months. (not including the few weeks around Thanksgiving when she was able to be at home) The wonderful news is Nina has experienced miraculous healing and is now on the road to recovery. Although she is very weak and needs to regain her strenth after not being able to walk for over four months, she is doing extensive physical therapy and improving day by day.
Despite everything Nina has had to go through in her young life, she has remained strong and positive. She has never lost her warm, friendly personality,faith, hope, or love of life. She is a creative artist with a huge heart for others. Throughout her time in the hospital, she has been giving her paintings to the special nurses, doctors, therapists and other professionals involved in her care. She is also often sending encouraging notes and works of art to other children who are patients as well. Nina is also a talented writer and hopes to one day be a pediatric oncology psychologist ,so she can help other children who are battling childhood cancer. Let's all show Nina our support and do our part in finding the CURE by participating in Lauren's Run on April 28, 2019.