Touching Down on Cancer Research

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Elementary-level students enrolled within the district’s C-Quest program were recently visited by local author and Connetquot High School graduate, Patrice Domozych, to hear about her children’s book, her love for writing and some tips on how to strengthen their own writing. 

Mrs. Domozych’s book, “Hope is Here to Stay,” tells the story of her niece Lauren Loose’s battle with cancer, and her efforts to help others fighting the same illness. Using illustrations, a slide show presentation and her book, Mrs. Domozych talked about Lauren, now 21 years old, and the other children who face serious challenges in their lives. 

As a special treat, the students were granted the opportunity to meet both Lauren and her mother Marianne Loose, when they visited the C-Quest class at Bosti Elementary School on Jan. 9. Despite her illness, Lauren maintains a highly spirited attitude at all times, complete with a big smile on her face, and a radiating love for her Hollywood crush, Orlando Bloom, who she met a few years ago and remains close friends with to this day. 

“We find inspiration from family, friends and the people we’ve met during this journey,” said Mrs. Loose. “When you’re put into a situation like ours, it’s important to focus on the steps which lay ahead, along with the overwhelming support from the other parents and children who help lead us along the way.” 

All proceeds from the book sales benefit the Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp, which was founded in Lauren’s name and provides financial and emotional support for families whose children are affected by pediatric cancer. Every first Sunday in June, hundreds of high school-level football players from around the country take part in the annual fundraiser in Pennsylvania, learning not only about football, but how to make a change for the better in the lives of others. To this day, more than a whopping $2 million has been raised toward the goal of finding a cure for Lauren’s disease.