Vacation Bible School group donates to hospitalized children
Students in St. Margaret Mary Parish’s 15th annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) pitched in to help hospitalized children – while honoring one of their own.
They donated six large boxes of toys, games and other items, plus $175 in cash and gift cards, to Children’s Hospital in Omaha in the name of Lauren "LoLo" Hacker, a St. Margaret Mary 14-year-old suffering from acute myelocytic leukemia.
The items – gathered July 18-22 as part of the Omaha parish’s annual VBS fundraising drive – were among materials on a wish list compiled by child-life specialists at the hospital for hospitalized children such as Lauren.
Diagnosed with leukemia in late-2012, Lauren began treatment at Children’s Hospital, where her then-fifth-grade classmates gathered in the snow below her window, making snow angels and waving to show their support.
Lauren made a recovery and left the hospital in April 2013, but her cancer returned this spring. With Lauren hospitalized again, 260 classmates and other supporters gathered below her window July 20 to show their love and support, waving glow sticks, chanting "Go LoLo Go" and praying the rosary.
Lauren’s illness has gained international attention through social media posts expressing support and prayers for her recovery, including photos from people displaying the phrase, "Go LoLo Go."
The VBS community also gathered with a "Go LoLo Go" sign and gave Lauren a group photo, along with their get-well wishes.