Community Rallies Around 8th-Grader Battling Cancer

Forney volleyball games support girl's fight against cancer

By Deborah Ferguson
|  Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009  |  Updated 2:06 PM CDT
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Community Rallies Around 8th-Grader Battling Cancer

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Laurren Smith, (right), a 13-year-old from Forney, is in Mexico getting alternative treatment to fight the cancer doctors say will take her life by Christmas.

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People came out in Forney Thursday night to show  "Love for Laurren."  Laurren Smith, an 8th grader at Brown Middle School in the Forney Independent School District, is in a life or death fight against cancer. 

Middle school and high school volleyball players and team coaches donated the proceeds from last night's games to a fund to pay for Laurren's medical expenses.   They also organized Mission: LS2K9 to support the teenager through donations and cards.

The 13-year-old is in Mexico getting alternative treatment against the osteosarcoma doctors expect will take her life by Christmas.  Laurren, her mom and sister got there more than two weeks for a series of vaccines they hope will stop the aggressive cancer from spreading.

Earlier this week, Laurren updated friends through the CaringBridge Web site:

hey there everybody!! its me laurren.
just wanted to let yall know that i have had a headache all day long and it still hurts! lol.
today i have really just been sitting around being bored watching movies.
uhmm. my arm, you know where they gave me a shot, yeah well that sucker is HUGE and hurts really really bad!
last night, i hit my arm on the bed and i almost cried! LOL
i dont have stinking fever and its really making me mad!
haha. my mom even talks to my body telling my body to RAISE THE STINKING FEVER! lol.
just wanted to say thank you for all the special gifts and cards i am getting from everybody. they really brighten my day.

Laurren and her family return from Mexico later this month.  The community of Forney will welcome them back with "Christmas in October" at the New City Park in Forney on Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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