Story

April 19,2013

On the morning of April 19, 2013, while out for a typical morning run, Lauren was hit by a car and suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury.  Lauren was admitted to Cedars- Sinai Hospital in West Hollywood and remained in extremely critical condition for several weeks. Lauren had lived in New York at the time of the accident and was in LA on business. She did not have identification on her and remained a Jane Doe for several hours. Her prognosis was not good. Upon arriving in LA, her parents were told that she had a very slim chance of surviving. Once she got past the extremely critical stage it had been explained that her brain damage was so severe that she would most likely not be able to feed herself, walk, talk or understand spoken words.

Thankfully, Lauren has never been typical and she has spent the last 5 years proving all of the experts wrong.  Her recovery has been far from easy, she has traveled all over the United States working with experts trying to get better.  She works extremely hard and continues to struggle each and every day to regain as much of her former life as possible.  Lauren has become the embodiment of the Murphy family saying, “Murphys Don’t Quit” and this has become her calling card.

Today she lives with her parents in O’Fallon MO and continues to focus on her recovery.  She maintains a very busy schedule of speech therapy, physical therapy and the all too often retail therapy trips with her Mother.  Lauren enjoys getting out in the community, meeting new people and sharing her story. She remains at a high risk for seizure activity due to the extent of her brain damage. One of her seizure triggers is running, an average person may decide to give up running due to the risk, not Lauren, she refuses to give up!  To date, against all odds, she has completed over (20) 5k runs with her Dad and continues to inspire all who come across her path.