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Lauren Delivers Bunny Blankets

Lauren gives comfort and hope

“ Each gift of a blanket leaves giver and recipient smiling – not to mention everyone who witnesses Lauren’s acts of kindness. ”

A stuffed bunny blanket can turn a bad day into a good day. Just ask Lauren. Her bunny blanket – a gift from her aunt and uncle – always makes her feel better. Radiation treatments, chemotherapy and living with one kidney are still hard. But her bunny blanket makes her braver than she can ever be alone.

One day, Lauren meets volunteers from Make-A-Wish®. They ask what her one true wish would be. She doesn’t want to be, to go, to have, or to meet.

She wants to give.

Lauren imagines a bunny blanket like hers for each patient in the hospital … steadfast, plush-furred allies to help them all get through the toughest times of their lives. Each one hand-delivered by someone who knows every fear, every sleepless night.

Her big day arrives. Lauren leads the way as her helpers push a cart overflowing with stuffed bunny blankets, each her gift of hope and comfort to hospital patients. She hugs each bunny before she hands it to each patient. When she offers bunnies to the older kids, she worries: Are they too grown-up for a bunny? Do they like it?

Yes, they do. They understand, as only those facing a life-threatening condition can. Each gift of a blanket leaves giver and recipient smiling – not to mention everyone who witnesses Lauren’s acts of kindness.

Lauren’s mom, Marlena, is overcome with pride. She knows her daughter just made the world better.

“I’ve always said ‘when I grow up, I want to be like Lauren,’” she says. “I can only hope.”

As Lauren grows up, she can remember her wish and all it accomplished. She can know that it’s possible to change lives. And she can find the strength to overcome her own challenges.

I’ve always said ‘when I grow up, I want to be like Lauren. I can only hope.' ”

— Lauren's mom

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6 Comments

Ester

Totally awesome young lady!! She has a wonderful upbringing. Teaching love instead of material possessions!! Pleasure to know your story

April 03, 2012 - 1:21 PM

Jordan

Lauren you are the reason I want to join this foundation!! You show how much it helps others just by doing a small act of kindness! Hope your life is full of love and kindness! Bless your little heart!

April 06, 2012 - 7:48 AM

Benjamin

I got a bunny from Lauren when I was in the hospital at Women and Childrens Hospital in Buffalo.It was cute and so is Lauren. I feel better when I think about her kindness. Thank you.

April 13, 2012 - 4:45 PM

Jason

THIS STORY TOUCHED MY HEART. MY LITTLE GIRL ALSO HAD CANCER SO I UNDERSTAND HOW HARD IT IS TO GO THROUGH IT. BUT IT MAKES IT EASIER WHEN YOU RUN INTO PEOPLE LIKE LAUREN. YOU ARE TRULY AN ANGEL

June 12, 2012 - 10:44 PM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Jon

In a world spinning out of control, it takes a child's simple heart to bring thing back into true prespective. She is offer every one's dream, "name it, and it is yours." Yet with s simple hug, a caring smile she makes all of us step back, regroup and cry. Her parents have taught and raised a wonderful child, and regardless of how, the world is a much better place with her around. God Bless, have a long, happy and fruitful life.

August 07, 2012 - 4:25 PM

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