The Warrior has her Angel Wings

Lauren passed away peacefully on February 2, 2014 at 7:30 am.  She was at Kaiser Roseville, where she had her favorite nurses and doctors caring for her.  Lauren lived life to the fullest to the end.  

Please remember Lauren’s words she has written and go back to them when you are going through a tough time.  Remember to focus on the positive and not be a “Negative Nancy.”

Services are yet to be determined.

John and Deanne McCullough

87 thoughts on “The Warrior has her Angel Wings

  1. My sincerest sympathy to you all. She was quite a young woman and encouraged and brought joy to many of us.

    May she rest in peace
    Donna Joldersma

  2. What an amazing young woman who cherished every second of her too short life and was and will continue to be an inspiration to so many. As my eyes fill with tears for the loss of Lauren I know her memory will continue to live on. God bless you Lauren and your family.

  3. She certainly lived until the end. Amazing she was still updating us as recently as Thursday and wanting to write more. My condolences to your family.

  4. To Lauren’s Family:

    I’m not sure how I stumbled onto Lauren’s blog but am so happy I did. It was evident what a remarkable young woman she was. Her writings were so special to me, even without knowing her! I hope it gives you comfort knowing that she touched so many people. My sincerest sympathy goes out to all of you, her family and friends.


    Sherril Harlow

  5. My heart goes out to her family.
    I am sad to know that she’s gone but I know she’s going home to the father. Who I know is proud of all the good she did. Today there is a big party in heaven because one of their angels is coming back. I know that for those that stay behind is not easy but I feel honor and privileged to had known her thru her writing. God bless you. Know that I will be praying for you her family. Big hugs.

  6. Dear Lauren’s family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Lauren will be missed but her spirit will live on in your hearts. I wish you peace and comfort.
    Tracy Taylor

  7. I am very sorry to hear this. I only recently began reading her blog, and did not realize that her condition was so grave. I pray for your family and hope the healing will start soon. She was a very courageous soul, with a lot of life. Jennifer

  8. Our heart is broken right along with you.What an amazing woman Lauren grew up to be! We are honored to have known her and your family. The strength that you all allowed her to posses and get through this is a testament to who you all are! With love and prayers The Lupercio family

  9. John and Deanne,

    My heart goes out to you for your loss of Lauren. She was a brave young woman who, as you say, lived her life to the fullest. It was wonderful and brave of her to share her life with the world thru her blog. It gave such hope and inspiration to others, and hopefully she received that back from her followers.



  10. Lauren and I went to John Ehrhardt Elementary together we were in the same class all the way to 3rd grade but then I transferred schools, we were close then but you know how it goes you go on to middle school and high school and you separate yourself and become friends with different people. We attended Laguna Creek High School together and graduated together as well, you would have NEVER in a million years guessed she was battling cancer and that’s something anyone can truly admire to go through this struggle with her head held high no matter what she knew was really going on is AMAZING!!!! My condolences go out to the McCullough family, God will enjoy Lauren 🙂

  11. I am so saddened. I’m not sure where I first came to know her, but she immediately sucked me into her life. She lived life to the fullest, and got to do things that most of us will never do. What an honor to have been able to follow along with her, on her journey. Always so positive. She taught us all so many lessons. My heart goes out to her family and friends, and I know she will on in our hearts forever. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. John and Deanne, I am so sorry for your loss. Lauren knew how to live the right way, and i am sure it was largely due to her wonderful parents. Thank you for the inspiration. May peace be with you. Brian

    Sent from my iPad

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your family. She was such a fighter and a wonderful inspiration. I will miss her antics, humor and courage that she wrote so passionately about in her blog. She leaves behind a great legacy, she has spread awareness about childhood cancers. May God bless her soul, she lives on in so many souls she has touched.

  14. Lauren was and will continue to be such an inspiration to me and to all that were fortunate enough to follow her blog. How wonderful that she left her mark on the world! May you find comfort in this. God bless you all!

  15. What an inspiration to us all. As a previous person posted, I too an unsure how I came upon her blog, but was inspired by her until the very end. I have a high school swimmer and maybe that is why I felt connected to this young lady. My inlaws live in Ukiah so I have ties to Northern California even though I currently live in North Carolina. Please know that Lauren touched the lives of so many people and will be remembered for her passion to live, her sense of humor, and her ability to accept the life that she had. She will be missed.

  16. I am so sorry to hear of Lauren’s passing. I find her strength, optimism and grace in the face of devastating illness so inspiring. I would like to offer my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to her family and friends for their great loss.

  17. John and Deanne,
    I stumbled upon Lauren’s blog from someone who reposted it on Facebook. I know I don’t have to tell you what a wonderful person she was but I’m sure it is nice to hear it anyway. She pulled me in with her positive and happy spirit. She made me realize how lucky I am and to appreciate everyday! I loved following her and had every hope that she would beat cancer!
    Lauren was so brave and did a great job bringing awareness to childhood cancer! She definitely has her Angel wings and will be smiling down on us! Her strength and positive attitude was inspiring and touched so many hearts. You both of my deepest sympathies!
    Kathleen Swift

  18. My condolences to Lauren’s family and friends. She was an amazing young woman and I pray her next journey is filled with peace and light.

  19. Peace be with you, Miss Lauren, wherever your spirit may be. Thank you for touching us with your beautiful words and soul.
    To your family & friends, my sympathies and thoughts are with you

  20. I am so very very very sad to read this. YES….Lauren was such an inspiration. She had an incredible attitude until the very end; her attitude was so positive that I am finding the fact she was so ill recently she actually passed hard to swallow. Her spirit and love of live will live on, and I have been affected by that even though I never met her.

  21. Miss Lauren, May peace be with you wherever your spirit now roams. Thank you for touching us with you words, your heart & your soul.
    To you friends and family, my sympathies and thoughts are with you.

  22. So sorry for your loss, she’s an absolute credit to you both, you should feel very proud of all she achieved.
    She’ll be missed by so many.

  23. I have been following her posts for only a few months hoping this would not be the end of her story. She was an inspiration and I admired her spirit and love of life. My condolences to her family and friends for this empty spot in your lives now. I keep hoping one day we will end this disease.
    Good by Lauren

  24. It is not surprising that such an inspirational woman left a lasting impact on so many. My deepest heartfelt condolences to all of Lauren’s family and friends who are suffering from great loss. She no longer suffers and I think that is something all of us were looking forward to even if it was too soon. ((hugs to all))

  25. I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to Lauren’s family and friends. And thank you Lauren for sharing your life with all of us. You are an inspiration.

  26. I am so so sorry. Thanks for letting us all know. I will always remember Lauren as a graceful warrior. Keep us posted on the services unless you are going to keep them private. (I met you at the LaCrosse game at DVC.) ~~~Janice

  27. With all that you are going through at this sad time, thank you for letting us know about Lauren’s passing. What a remarkable young lady she was and what a remarkable family you are! Prayers for you all.

  28. I am sorry for the loss…I know she is in a much better place now. She was such an inspiration to me and my family and loved being able to be a part of her journey. May God bless your family!

  29. My deepest condolences to You on Lauren’s passing. What an extraordinary, remarkable young woman. Such an inspiration.
    May she rest in peace.

  30. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Lauren. May Lauren’s insights be with all of us. Life is so precious and so short. We need to live each moment to the fullest – with love and joy in all of Gods gifts – now.

  31. Deanne, John and Mark,

    Thank you for Lauren, the world is a better place for having her for such a short time. Lauren will live in all our hearts and I feel blessed to have know her and watch her become a confident beautiful courageous young woman. Her words will live forever. May God hold you in the palm of His Hand. God Bless,

    Katie Balko

  32. Hi, I learned about Lauren from Chris Rhodes, the weekend of the wedding, and have been following her journey ever since. You must be so proud of the strong, delightful, inspiring daughter you raised. She was a light, and showed us all how to live. Thinking of you, and thanking you for your gift. Kim Tackett

  33. Lauren touched so many people…she was an inspiration!!! May you find peace in knowing through her strength that she will live on through her influence on so many!!! Prayers and hugs for your family.

  34. I had recently found Lauren’s blog via a link on another cancer warrior’s page. I have a very dear friend who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma just after high school. I cannot imagine what you’ve endured since Lauren’s cancer returned. I certainly didnt expect to hear this news so soon. I am so very sorry for your loss. Lauren seemed so upbeat and such a fighter in her last twitter post. My thoughts are with you and your family. She touched many people’s lives in such a positive way. Again, so sorry for your loss.

  35. Dear Lauren can now be free of pain and forever at peace. I’m so sorry for your loss. I completely understand what your family is going through as mine has walked in your shoes last year. Rest in peace Lauren.

  36. Lauren,

    I have been following your blog for the last several months now, and you were such an inspiration. Until the very end, you were excited about what life had to offer you. May your family find peace during this difficult time.


  37. My thoughts and prayers are with Lauren’s family. I have followed her blog for a while and have enjoyed reading and following her journey. She was very inspirational in her writings and a brave young soul. I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all.

  38. Dear Lauren’s Family,
    So sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing young woman and you are amazing parents. I know how difficult it is to watch your child go through what she did. I will never forget her, how she shared her experience and the lives she touched. She definitely touched mine. I am sure you are so very proud of her. Thank you for taking the time to let us know of her passing during such a very difficult time. Praying for all of you.

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