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Lauren Delivers Bunny Blankets

Lauren gives back comfort and hope

“She wants to give. ”

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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29 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

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

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

Jonathan

This is a truly touching story. I wish that I could be just half the caring and wonderful person lil Lauren seems to be. Thank you!

May 24, 2013 - 1:52 PM

Maria

This story just made my day ! What an incredible story of a girl who just wanted to help others ! Truly touching

May 28, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Clint

What an amazing child and touching story. It is so easy to get caught up in all of the bad in the world. This little girl is proof of all of the good and love that exists. Way to set a great example for all of us grown ups, Lauren! If we all follow in your footsteps, the world would be a much better place.

July 25, 2013 - 3:44 PM

Lara

Thank you for sharing this story. It made my day.

September 10, 2013 - 5:22 PM

Kasey

Wow I cannot believe out of all the wishes you could choose you chose this. What an amazing wish!

October 07, 2013 - 6:02 PM

Jon

A beautiful child with a bright smile that shows us that sometimes it is the simpler things that mean the most.
Where is she now?

October 11, 2013 - 4:09 AM

Laura

My wish is to have more people like Lauren! God Bless her little heart...

November 13, 2013 - 8:25 AM

Jon

Has she responded to treatment? Where is she today? we need more people like her in this world.

November 16, 2013 - 1:41 PM

John @ Make-A-Wish

Jon, I contacted the wish granters at Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York and they wrote back, "Lauren is doing wonderful!"
Thank you for asking.

November 17, 2013 - 9:44 AM

Julizza

She is the most cutest thing! I would love to meet her. Honestly, she is so inspiring to others around her!

November 19, 2013 - 10:12 PM

William

I actually used Lauren in a powerpoint presentation at school. we had to find someone who was a "modern knight". I was really inspired by her.

November 27, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Sara

What a sweet child

January 02, 2014 - 3:19 PM

Eric T. B.

This is one amazing little girl. She was offered virtually anything a person could ever want and all she thought of was helping others...I have to go change my shirt now, it's soaked!

January 03, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Teresa

Made my day to read this. Most people think what can I have or where can I go to make me happy but she said what can I do to make others happy? Just think if we all did that what a great world it would be.

January 13, 2014 - 9:44 PM

A.

this story is really inspiring

January 23, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Brett

This brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing girl.

January 26, 2014 - 11:44 PM

Joe

Inspirational! Lauren has a lot to teach us all about true compassion and courage. Thank you Lauren for giving so much - not just to the recipients of your bunnies, but to the rest of us, as well!

August 22, 2014 - 8:59 AM

alourinda

this is a very touching story sweet child

September 23, 2014 - 11:20 AM

Tess

This is so wonderful, I actually teared up! Lauren has a heart of gold, what a beautiful and selfless wish. I hope she has all of the happiness in the world. This story reinforces my dream of working with this organization in some way.

October 27, 2014 - 5:34 PM

Chad

Well Lauren and her wish just sold me on becoming a monthly donation giver. There is still hope. Thank you for sharing.

December 31, 2014 - 3:13 PM

Sophia

This is amazing i never knew a kid would do something like that

February 03, 2015 - 3:16 PM

Brittany K.

This brought tears to my eyes I thought of my daughter when we stayed in the hospital she had given a stuffed animal to another little girl with cancer and told her it will be ok even with what my daughter was going through all she could think about was making someone else feel happy and feel like you are not alone it was truly touching.

May 05, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Amy

This story brought tears to my eyes!! For someone as young and as sick as Lauren to actually want to give back is truly inspiring and touching!! There should be more People like Lauren in this world today as it would be a better place !! I am sure she brought joy yo so many children battling their own illnesses in the hospital!! As a former hospital nursing unit worker,we would have loved to have had Lauren on our unit!! I too am battling a life threatening lung disease and I know how good I feel when I give back to others!! Going through illness changes the way you look at things in life and they way you treat others too!! Keep it up Lauren as you will get very far and help a lot of other people in life!!

May 11, 2015 - 2:16 PM

michael

SOOO TOUCHING! such a nice wish. Lauren gave ALL the patients a bunny blanket. I would have done that to :)

May 14, 2015 - 2:11 PM

katie f

This really made my heart melt! Its amazing soo that this beautiful little angel is showing sooo much love and kindness and is helping all of the people in need even during a time that is most difficult for herself as well. She really is an angel and so are all the other people helping one another during hard times. Go, Lauren !!

July 23, 2015 - 9:54 PM

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