Lauren graduated from Brian McMahon High School in June. Due to a diagnosis of a secondary cancer, AML, Lauren will delay her college start at Boston University this fall. She may take online courses when she is able to begin her freshman year. Lauren describes her educational path as majoring in vocal performance or double majoring in speech, language, and hearing science. She plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Her goal is to work with singers and vocalists in need of voice or speech therapy. Lauren has been a singer since she was very young. She almost lost her voice after she completed aggressive cancer treatment in her junior year. She wrote, “Through that experience, I have found a purpose. Through my work as a vocal therapist, I want to help others find or rediscover their voices, as everybody deserves to have one.” Lauren has performed at the Crystal Theatre’s production of the operatic version of Pinocchio and virtually at the Make-A-Wish Gala where she amazed everyone with her incredible vocals. Her physician noted, “I was struck by Lauren’s positive attitude, sense of humor and intelligence. She is the embodiment of resilience and strength.” This is Lauren’s first Susan Fund scholarship.