I first met Lauren when she was only 3. About 6 months later, I learned that she had been diagnosed with leukemia. That ripped my heart out. This sweet, smart little girl didn’t deserve this. She spent the next 2 years in hospitals, undergoing treatment including chemotherapy. She has two wonderful parents, one of whom is a flutist, the other a horn player. They were honored in her piece, with solos by those instruments.