For one local teen finding a cure for cancer is very important. Lauren Lanier, a sophomore at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School, was diagnosed with melanoma cancer in August 2009. Lanier had surgery to remove lymph nodes at the James Cancer Center at OSU in Columbus, Ohio in October. Since then, she has had seven biopsies, additional surgeries and is being treated for severe migraine headaches.
Before Lanier was diagnosed with cancer, she was passionate about finding a cure. She has been an active member of the Relay for Life for the past five years, and is a member of her church’s “Charlie’s Angels” team. She also has served on the relay’s planning committee in 2008 and 2009. However, now that she herself has fought cancer, Lanier’s passion to find a cure has grown.
Lanier encourages the community to attend the upcoming Relay for Life, slated for June 12-13. During the event, which will be held at the PPHS Athletic Complex, Lanier will speak as an effort to bring awareness to the importance of decreasing the chances of contracting melanoma and other skin cancers. Following her speech, there will be an auction of items. All item proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
In honor of Lanier’s lifetime battle of the prevention of the return of her cancer, her grandfather, Chuck Lanier, has donated a full size quilt. The quilt was handmade by Lauren’s great grandmother, Macy Lanier. The winner of the quilt will receive a free skin check donated by Lauren’s doctor, Sandra Marshall, MD of HIMG.