Reminder about the St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave in Elk Grove!

The event is finally here!  On Wednesday, March 25th BJ’s Brewhouse will donate to our event 15% of your meal between 11:00am and 9:00pm if you bring in the BJ’s flyer.  Location is BJ’s Brewhouse on 9237 Laguna Springs Drive at Laguna Blvd in Elk Grove.  The Brave the Shave will also take place at BJ’s from 4:00pm until 7:30 pm.

If you would like to Brave the Shave you can sign up at the event.  If you aren’t quite that “brave” you can still come over to buy some raffle tickets or donate to one of the Shavees.  If you aren’t able to make it, you can still donate to one of the Shavees by going to and entering “Elk Grove, CA” in the search line.  If you already know who you would like to donate to, you can enter their name in the search line.

We have some wonderful prizes available for the raffle!  We have generous merchants who have supported our event by donating items and gift cards.  Stop by to see all the wonderful prizes that are available.

Please remember that we are holding this event in honor of Lauren.  She supported St. Baldrick’s because they provide funding for childhood cancer research.  We do this in her name, and all the other children who are currently fighting cancer, and all those who have not yet been diagnosed.

We truly appreciate all those who have continued to spread the word about childhood cancer.  Lauren would be honored to know how many people have taken up her cause.

Lauren Event Flyer 2015

BJ’s Meal Donation Flyer: St Baldricks bjs 2015

Second Annual St. Baldrick’s Shave Event in Elk Grove!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 will be the second annual St. Baldrick’s Shaving Event in Elk Grove.  Once again, we have Team LaurenStrong to support Lauren’s mission to raise the awareness of childhood cancer. St. Baldrick’s is an organization that Lauren supported due to their focus on pediatric cancer research.

The event will again be held at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse at 9327 Laguna Springs Drive, at Laguna Blvd.  Bring in a copy of the attached BJ’s flyer while you enjoy a delicious meal between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm and BJ’s will donate 15% of your meal to our St. Baldrick’s event.

The shaving will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  Come watch the fun, or better yet, join us in raising funds for childhood cancer research by participating as a shavee or donating to one of our existing shavees.  Many of Lauren’s friends and family will participate as shavees once again. There will also be raffles of items donated from local merchants.

Last year’s event raised just over $8,000.  Can we double that this year?  Join us for food, fun, and raffle prizes on Wednesday, March 25th!

Lauren Event Flyer 2015

St Baldricks bjs 2015

Coaches vs. Cancer

The Diablo Valley College basketball games benefiting the American Cancer Society are this Friday, January 30, 2015.  The women’s game starts at 5:30 pm and the men’s game starts at 7:30 pm at DVC.  The visiting team is Cosumnes River College of Elk Grove.  CRC is the local college that graduates from Laguna Creek High School, Lauren’s alma mater, attend if they stay local.

The fundraiser is at Diablo Valley College and is honoring Lauren and her fighting spirit.  The DVC swim team will be presenting the team ball prior to the women’s game.  We hope to see Lauren’s supporters at the game to help the teams raise funds for the American Cancer Society!

Lauren’s Legacy Updates

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, I was surprised to see my beautiful daughter’s smiling face on the front page of the Elk Grove Citizen.  They were honoring Elk Grove’s Leaders, Trailblazers, and other inspirations.  They were profiling those who passed away in 2014.  Lauren’s beautiful modeling picture graced the story’s main page.  What a surprise and honor to see that the Elk Grove Citizen felt she was an inspirational person the city lost.  She was also the youngest, with the next youngest being in his 50’s.  Attached is the link to the article:

Upcoming event alert!  Diablo Valley College continues to support cancer awareness and keep Lauren in their hearts.  On Friday, January 30th the men’s and women’s basketball teams with be having a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and will be holding the event in honor of Lauren.  The swim team will also be in attendance to show their continued support of Lauren and how much they meant to each other.  The event is Coaches vs. Cancer, which is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

There will be a pregame ball presentation with the swim team and coaches prior to the women’s game.  Lauren’s dad and I will be saying a few words prior to each game.  We continue to be amazed at the ongoing love and support from Diablo Valley College Athletics.

The women’s game starts at 5:30 pm. and the men’s game starts at 7:30 pm. at DVC in Pleasant Hill.  Please come out to Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and support this wonderful event.  All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

DVC Lacrosse Video and Hell’s Kitchen Video

DVC JerseyThe Diablo Valley College Lacrosse game that benefited the American Cancer Society was a tremendous event.  The team is inspirational and won in sudden death overtime.  The game winning score came just after the team shouted, “LaurenStrong!”  I’ve attached links to the DVC article and a video of the retirement of Lauren’s #1 jersey video that Lauren’s uncle, Alan Kingsley, recorded at the event.

Hell’s Kitchen was an excellent show on the night Lauren was in attendance.  To watch the show and see clips of Lauren enjoying her night was awesome!  The clips come quickly, so watch for when we enter the dining room at the beginning of dinner service.  Lauren enters first, followed closely by mom, then dad and the Dream Foundation representative, Dawn Reid.

The next clips are of the four of us at the table being served our dinner entrees, with Lauren front and center.  Then a quick clip of Lauren’s first bite of her beef wellington.  If you run the clip in slo-mo, you can see Lauren roll her eyes upward as she savors the bite.  Truly Lauren at her finest foodie moment.  At the last minutes, Hell’s Kitchen added a tribute to Lauren and included  the photo of Lauren with Gordon Ramsay.  It’s the last shot of the episode, after the previews to the next week’s episode.  The video link is attached to the Hell’s Kitchen episode.

Hells Kitchen Tribute

Very Important Updates re: Hell’s Kitchen and DVC Lacrosse Benefit

Sorry for the changes every couple of days, but we confirmed the date of the Hell’s Kitchen episode air date.  The Hell’s Kitchen episode that we filmed in September 2013 will actually air next Wednesday, 11/19/14.  I was able to connect to the producer of the show and she verified this is the correct episode.  She told me they were trying to add a card at the end of the episode to recognize Lauren, although it is last minute so they aren’t sure it will happen.  These people are incredible!  If you can, set your DVRs to Hell’s Kitchen Wednesday night 11/19/14.

We have received updated information from Diablo Valley College Lacrosse Team.  This is what they posted on their website: “…the 11-1 Vikings will begin preparing for their next game as they host an outstanding Dominican University program led by “friend of the program” and President of the CJCLA, Matt Blamey during the American Cancer Society Benefit game.  The game should be incredibly exciting and emotional for the Vikings after a pregame ceremony that will honor Lauren McCullough, who spoke courageously and eloquently a year ago about her fight with Ewing’s sarcoma and inspired the crowd about the importance of living each day to the fullest.  Though Lauren passed from us on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014, her parents, Deanne and John will be on hand as we will officially retire the #1 jersey that we issued to her during last year’s event.  A gold ribbon with the #1 and her initials will forever adorn Viking lacrosse helmets and uniforms, as future Vikings will learn of Lauren, her message, and her importance to Viking Lacrosse and DVC. A suggested donation of $10 for adults and $2 for students of any age will be appreciated and collected directly by an American Cancer Society volunteer at the gate.  It is predicted to be great weather for the event, so please consider joining us at 7:00 p.m. to honor Lauren, who was an outstanding swimmer and student at DVC…and stick around to support the 11-1 Vikings against another MCLA Division I team.”

Lauren’s dad and I are so humbled by the care and affection the DVC Lacrosse Team is showing towards Lauren and her enthusiasm for life and looking at the positive in any situation.  The game is being held at DVC on Saturday, 11/15/14 at 7:00 pm in the stadium.  If anyone is in the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area, we hope you can join us at the event to support the team and their efforts to bring awareness to childhood cancer.  Lauren would be so happy to see her message continue on.  Here is a link to their page:

Important Hell’s Kitchen Updated Air Date

When looking at the episode summaries, we now believe Lauren’s Hell’s Kitchen episode will air this Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Our episode had a member of ZZ Top at the dinner, and the 11/12/14 episode is a Rock and Roll episode. The episode after that is an Indian Cuisine episode. Our dinner did not have any Indian dishes on the menu. If you should miss the episode, it will be available to view on eight days after it airs. We are hoping to see shots of Lauren enjoying the experience, but we won’t know until it airs if we get to see her smiling face on TV.