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Lauren was injured 3 weeks after her 19th birthday in an ironic diving accident. Having been a competitive swimmer since age six, she instinctively performed a racing type of dive; straight out & streamlined. Unfortunately, Lauren struck what we believe was the opposite side of the pool and fractured not one, but three cervical vertebrae. The middle one exploded into a burst fracture and further damaged her spinal column.

She was diagnosed as an Asia A Complete C-5/6 Quadriplegic/Tetraplegia and was numb from her chest downward. This was the most severe classification and we were absolutely in shock and disbelief that she was never expected to walk again.

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January 15, 2018
November 13, 2017

MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?
Thanks to our generous Supporters & Sponsors , Lauren’s training continues.
AND so does her RECOVERY!!!

Recent activation in her:
Hip Flexors
External Rotators
Quadriceps
Patellar Ligaments
Abdomen
Erector Spinae
Gastroc
Thumb & Index fingers

Now locking out BOTH KNEES while standing!
Regulating BLOOD PRESSURE for the first time in 4 years!

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH FOR THESE MIRACULOUS COME BACKS!

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October 17, 2018

Lauren, I hope you're making a lot of progress in Florida, also making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. I'm thinking about you, and look forward to doing more art when you return! Kathy

Katherine Sekula

July 26, 2018

The Golf outing was a blast

Charles Mcnamara

July 17, 2018

Lauren, Michael and I had the privilege of meeting you last night and spending a great half hour getting to know you - an absolute delight. Best of luck to you and wishes for only great things! Jill Markowitz Michael Criscuolo

Jill Markowitz

July 17, 2018

You are doing great Lauren! God Bless and keep up the good work! You are amazing!

Annette Rapinesi