Many of us may have donated to charities before, fortunately without any personal experiences or connections to the diseases or situations these charities support. But we don’t often see the faces of those fighting against those diseases. That’s not the case here – meet Lauren Del Vecchio.
At the young age of 25, with her entire life and career ahead of her, Lauren was diagnosed with a disease called Scleroderma. It attacked her heart, causing severe heart failure by covering over 70% of it with scar tissue. With that grim diagnosis, doctors told Lauren ultimately she would need a heart transplant, because there is no cure for Scleroderma. Despite this, and with a pacemaker implanted in her chest, Lauren is determined to find a way to heal her heart. She has fought through years of tests, procedures, medications, vitamins, and battling insurance companies. As you can imagine, her medical bills are sky high, and keep climbing.
Four years ago, her friends and family hosted a “FundRager” – hoping to raise funds to help Lauren continue her medical treatments and to lower the ever rising bills. Now, they’re doing it again, not only to continue Lauren’s treatments, but because her health has been improving over the last few years and that momentum needs to keep up!
The Save Lauren’s Heart FundRager 2.0 will be held on Thursday, May 31st at The Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street in Manhattan from 7pm – 11pm. Tickets are $85 each, and include food, open bar, auctions and much more. If you can’t make it to the FundRager 2.0, click here to donate to help save Lauren’s Heart.
To read more about Lauren and her battle against Scleroderma, visit Save Lauren’s Heart.