She spent that long drive mapping out her final wish—the seed for what would become the ELLE Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating memories of joy for children with cancer and granting final wishes for children battling a reoccurrence. Less than a week later, Lauren left us to return to heaven.
Although creating the ELLE Foundation granted the final wish and vision of our Lauren, Lauren’s wish continues to touch the lives of more and more children. Since our launch in 2010, we’ve granted more than 42 wishes to children around the country. We sent a child to Nashville to receive a handmade Gibson Les Paul guitar, introduced another to Santa Claus and orchestrated an early viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a girl and her father. All the wishes we grant are special and unique. Most importantly, each wish grants a child something they need most during a dark time – a moment of joy with the family they love.