Letter: Reaching out to cancer victim

June 21, 2014

I am writing this letter in regard to the article someone wrote in The Lima News on June 14, titled “Money for girl with cancer.” It is in fact true that our 9-year-old daughter, Lauren, was diagnosed with leukemia in May.

While the last month has been a difficult journey for Lauren, we have realized this journey is not one we have to endure on our own. The continued support from our family, friends, employers and the Lima and surrounding communities has been overwhelming to my wife, Mariah and me. Over the past month we have realized how important the power of prayer can be to help heal Lauren and give Mariah and me the strength we need to help Lauren with her journey. We are grateful to live in such a community that people care about each other and want to help. We feel very blessed to have people think enough of Lauren that it makes them want to help her in any way possible.

Please know that one of the best ways right now to help Lauren and other individuals in her situation is to donate blood or donate to the Ronald McDonald Houses. Without blood donors, Lauren’s stay in the hospital might not have been as successful in her fight against leukemia, and without the Ronald McDonald House, many families, including ours, would not have a place to sleep, eat or shower while their child is receiving treatment. Both the generosity of blood donors and the Ronald McDonald House have been a blessing to our family.

Mariah and I understand Lauren’s journey is just beginning and she will have a long fight ahead of her just as other children with leukemia will have their own battles. Therefore, Mariah and I feel very strong about helping other families. Our mission is to continue to provide Lauren with the best possible doctors and treatment to help her beat the leukemia while helping other families and children the way we have been helped. In the future once Lauren is feeling better and she can participate, we would like to continue to build upon Team Lauren to help her, other families, the Ronald McDonald House and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to fight all cancers and diseases.

Please for now if you would like to support “Team Lauren” on her journey she could use all the prayers possible and maybe a little blood from time to time.

If you would like to know more about Lauren’s Journey, contact Rick Cunningham or me on Facebook by instant messaging one of us. We would be happy to assist in any information that you would like about Lauren’s journey.

Thank you for everything.

— John and Mariah Cunningham, Lima