My name is Lauren Blanchard. I am a chronic leukemia fighting, wife,mother of 4 boys, and step-mom of 2. The term “gotCUREage” began as a team name for a Light the Night walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) that myself, family and friends participated in in 2012. I have since, trademarked the term and began my own 501c3 non-profit organization benefiting the LLS as well as local charities.
I was diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia in December of 2009, at the age of 36, after having multiple strokes caused by a vertebral artery dissection and a platelet count of 1.5 million (normal ranging from 200-400,000). Unless a cure is found, I will remain on oral chemo indefinitely. For myself, “gotCUREage” has great meaning as I would love nothing more than to see a CURE in my lifetime. It is my hope that it can also be an inspiration for fellow cancer fighters, their families, friends, and anyone that is need of a CURE of any kind. By raising awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we are contributing to research that could lead to a CURE.