Laura celebrated her 15th birthday in January. WE ARE BLESSED! In 2008 she was given 8 months to live after getting a metastatic ATRT diagnosis. While living with many late effects from treatment, then getting a thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2019 and undergoing yet another surgery and more treatment on top of 100s of daily seizures, Laura continues to love life and is determined to live it fully every day. She enjoys taking care of animals, riding horses, gardening, cooking, building sandcastles on the beach, playing baseball and basketball, and spending time with her brother and friends. She is truly our miracle girl!
When you make a gift to my Walk, you’re directly supporting cutting-edge research and compassionate patient care. I recently had a conversation with Dr. Susan Chi, Laura's world-renowned oncologist. Despite the lack of federal dollars, private donations have truly made a positive impact on research, knowledge about ATRT, and ultimately treatment options for children and families who are now diagnosed. While ATRT remains an aggressive and deadly disease, there are some who are surviving thanks to generous donations from you, and colloaborative efforts from our doctors, scientists, nurses, and parents.