The Not-Dying Girl Documentary


What an incredible night it was on January 31, 2019!  There was so much love in the theater, love for Lauren and her message of increasing awareness of childhood cancer.  One of her doctors, Dr. Kent Jolly, along with more than 10 of her nurses and Kaiser caregivers were there.  Her friends, family, and people who didn’t know her, but read her blog, were there to experience the film that Beth Ruyak produced, along with DosEckes Productions.  It is a film that keeps you thinking about it long after you watch it.

Beth spoke about Lauren being a light and her light continuing to shine in us.  This film brings to light the randomness of childhood cancer and how Lauren chose to live her life, with positivity and appreciation for the support of everyone around her.  I hope everyone will take the opportunity to watch the film and understand what cancer steals from all of us.  There needs to be more research, but the public needs to push for the research since there are so few people diagnosed with childhood cancers each year.

The documentary will air on KVIE on the following dates/times in February:

  • February 6, 2019 at 7:00pm
  • February 8, 2019 at 4:00pm
  • February 9, 2019 at 7:30am
  • February 10, 2019 at 6:30pm

The show will be available to view online at after the first air date.

There were production costs in order to bring Lauren’s message to the screen.  If you are moved by the film, please consider a donation to the Kickstarter campaign to help defray the expenses.  Go to and enter “Not Dying Girl” in the search field.  The goal is to raise $8,000 to cover the remaining production costs.  If you pledge $25, you will receive an 8GB key-chain flash drive with the film loaded onto it.  You will be able to view the film on demand and share it with others.

The family wishes to thank everyone involved in making the film (Ruyak Media, KVIE, Capital Public Radio, DosEckes Productions, Kaiser Permanente, and the camera and sound people) and all those who were able to attend the screening.  It is a night we will never forget and one that Lauren would have been thrilled, but humbled, to experience.  We all could feel her presence that night.  We hope you feel the love and message about childhood cancer awareness when you view the film.


2 thoughts on “The Not-Dying Girl Documentary

  1. Just saw the documentary this morning and I am not sure what to say other than it was a great tribute to Lauren and her love of life. Have no relation to Lauren but this documentary really touched me deeply.

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