Team Lauren Tee’s it Up to Fight Epilepsy on the Local Level
South Orange County resident Lauren Marshall was a beautiful, fun-loving 24-year-old with a contagious smile and the world at her fingertips. She also battled epilepsy from the time she was in elementary school. Years of seizures, medicines and surgeries rarely got her down; she was always the first to offer a hand or a hug. On Mothers Day in 2007, when home alone, Lauren suffered a grand mal seizure that ended her life much too soon.
Team Lauren was established on what would have been Lauren’s 25th birthday, October 20, 2007. Her dad, Mark, wanted to celebrate her life by playing golf with some friends. Thirty-seven friends and family members joined Mark on that day, intent on remembering Lauren and raising money to fund research for a cure to the disease that ended her life. Lauren’s family decided to continue the tradition each year. Since then, the annual Team Lauren “Teein’ it Up for a Cure” golf tournament and dinner has raised over $60,000 for CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy).
Last year, Team Lauren decided they wanted to be able to see their fundraising at work and purchased seizure alert/response dogs, which are trained to recognize a seizure and respond to it by alerting help – therefore preventing a seizure from going untreated – and give them to children who need them. Training for seizure response dogs is extremely intensive and expensive, precluding most families from being able to afford them. Last year Team Lauren raised enough to give therapy dogs to three kids, including Jacob and Tyler (pictured above). This year they will raise enough for four dogs, one of which will stay in South Orange County with four-year-old Gracie Lane of Mission Viejo.
Team Lauren “Teein’ it Up for a Cure” golf tournament and dinner will be held at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club on Saturday, October 18. To register to play, or to support the effort by donating, visit teamlauren.org. M