Lauren Hatcher Lima, OH 2,018 Votes
Lauren is my 10 year old sister and she is paralyzed from her waist down due to a birth defect called Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida makes her not be able to walk. She also has Goltz disease , which is a chromosomal defect and hydrocephalus, which is water on her brain, maintained by a VP shunt.
Lauren maybe small but don’t underestimate her ! She is one of the strongest little girls I know, in every aspect. She enjoys arm wrestling with my brother and I because she wins a lot. She also bowls in her after -school program. She has trophies from being such a good bowler. More times than not , she can easily beat my brother and I .
Along with bowling , after school and during the summer , she loves to ride her bike. She races down the street on her bike that she has has since she was younger. My Mom sold bike lights to earn enough money to get it for her. It is a special made bike because she can’t walk so it is hand operated.
She also loves to swim, play at the park and go to our local skating rink.
Lauren has had a rough road, she has had 28 surgeries to date, ranging from closing the opening in her back to her fingers being separated.
She never quits and is always up for a challenge .
My family cannot afford a handicapped vehicle, my Mom has tried every option. This makes it hard for Lauren to to go places and makes it even harder on my Mom to lift her and her chair in to our current minivan.
I want to nominate my baby sister not only because she is a local hero, she is my hero. This contest means a lot to her and could give Lauren the opportunity to be more in our community doing the the things she loves to do and learn to do things she has not yet experienced.
Please vote for Lauren!