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Post-transplant life has been a life of renewal, second chances and continued great appreciation for everyday life. What never seems to go away is continuously trying to break down the walls of daily transplant and cystic fibrosis challenges. These continue to be (and will always be) physical, mental and financial. The need for financial support never stops. The first $110+K raised in the initial campaign ran out January 2018; it took only four and a half years to go through it. 

Some people wonder if I am "cured", if I will "always take those" medications, if I will always have to battle this. No, I am not "cured". There is no cure for CF; there is nothing to "cure" in transplantation; only nurture and maintain. Yes, I will always have to take those medications; they are what maintain; and I will always battle this - back to there are no cures.

Cystic Fibrosis (and transplantation) is for life. I only feel luckier that as I live each day, I can say I have beat this nasty friend for yet another day.


  • The COTA Staff

    We are happy to be working with you!

  • Lara

    Me too! Thank you! COTA is awesome!

  • Sahron Poole

    Lara, We are always here for you. Love, Mon & Charlie

  • Lara

    I love you mom and Charlie!

  • Julie Burt Nichols

    Hi Lara! Remember me? Julie (Burt) Nichols -- NTC Core Company member 2002-03 (And Then They Came For Me; The Brave Little Princess, etc.) I just made a donation to help in your cause. I found out about it through a Facebook group, and I made sure to pass it on to all the NTC people I'm still in contact with. You were such a great help to me during my stay in Omaha and I appreciated it so much. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a successful fundraising campaign and a speedy recovery. Love, Julie

  • Lara

    Hi Julie, Of course I remember you! Thank you for your support, and please spread the word! Love, Lara

  • Rob Smith

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go thru this difficult time. If there is anything I can do please don't hesitate to ask.

  • Lara

    Thank you.-Lara

  • Bob Smith Sr

    Willa and I pray for your health and hope that you can overcome all. Bob and Willa

  • Lara

    Thank you Bob and Willa. Nice of you to come to my site.-Lara

  • Stephanie Bauersachs (fellow CFer)

    I wanted to hope you the best of luck. It is nice seeing a fellow CFer in Omaha. I know I am not the only one going through this tremendous hurdle in their life.

  • Lara

    Thank you Stephanie! I commented back on your page.-Lara

  • Karen Wheatley

    Arrin,Ryan, Kiley and I are thinking of you and will be glad to spread the word and help out any way we can with your fundraising efforts and support, as you go through this difficult time. With friends and family you will get through this! Love, Karen

  • Lara

    Thank you Karen, Arrin, and the whole clan! I know you are there for me. We go way back on this; I am glad you are in it with me

  • Krista Phillips

    Allen, Joscelyn and I are behind you 100%! This is an amazing step that you are taking - if you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to call!

  • Lara

    Thank you Krista, Allen and Joscelyn. That means a lot to me. I definitely hope to have you involved!

  • Carmen Mazza (Mother-in-Law)

    I copied an excerpt from your message and sent it to not only everyone on my email prayer list, but to every email address I have for anyone I know. Lara, no one is more deserving. I love you with all my heart and you have been the champion to so many, it is now time that they become champions for you. Rick and I love you so very much and we want you around for a very long time, even if we can't be there to hug you, our mental hugs are always drifting your way!

  • Lara

    Thank you Carmen and Rick! I love you too. I know I can always count on you!

  • Julie Kobza

    You are in my prayers Lara. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know this must be very difficult on you. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help you.

  • Lara

    I thank you Julie! New friends, old friends; everyone will make this easier!

  • Lisa Jourdan (Julie's Niece)

    Lara, My prayers are with you. May God Bless

  • Lara

    Very nice of you to write me, Lisa. I appreciate your kindness.

  • Kasey Scarpello

    I love you, sweetie!! Please let me know what else I can do to help. It was so great to see you and I look forward to seeing you again sometime soon!! xoxo

  • Lara

    I love you too, Kasey! You know I'll be in touch! Good to see you and Adam too!

  • Mary Kelly

    Lara, I got your letter from Brenda O'Brien and sent it out to a bunch of my friends. I hope it's okay. I said that if they have ink cartridges or old cell phones to put them in an envelope with your name on it and drop it off at the Playhouse or to me. You've got lots of us in your corner, girlfriend!!!

  • Lara

    That's awesome, I appreciate it very much!

  • Rachel McCutchen

    Hey Gorgeous! I will do everything I can to help you in your fundraising efforts - and I am only a phone call away if you need anything! I am awed and inspired by your grace and your passion. Tons of love, Rachel

  • Lara

    Thank you Rachem! You know you rock, and you inspire me!!!

  • Don Rush

    Howdy darlin'! Don't you worry. You have friends all over the place who are ready to back you up. If you need anything, I am always here for you. Always. Love ya babe! Don

  • Lara

    You know I'm countin' on you whether you like it or not! :) Thank you Don. You know I love you too!

  • Kim Clark-Kaczmarek

    Laura, I cannot express how Anthony and I are on your side and thinking of you. We want to be able to help in any way possible. You will hear from us very soon. Kim and Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

  • Lara

    Kim and Anthony, thank you! I appreciate your support. I do look forward to hearing from you!

  • Stephen & Michelle Sikora

    Lara, We are thinking of you & praying for you & your family. We will certainly help spread the word. We want to be able to help you. Let us know if you need anything. You truly are a dear person & deserve everything that life has to offer.... Love Always, Stephen, Michelle, & Christopher Sikora

  • Lara

    Oh, we do go a long way back, don't we! Just don't spread any wild tales about me! Thank you very much for your love!

  • Quinn Corbin

    You are in my thoughts. I am getting together cell phones and ink cartridges and spreading the word for donations. Stay strong.

  • Lara

    Thank you Quinn! Be sure to contact Jeannine (listed on the activities page) on the recycle project. I appreciate your help!

  • Andromeda Ross

    Hey Lara, Don't worry. You're not alone. I think you know that by now, but just in case...we're here for you. I'll be in Omaha around the Holidays! See you then! Love, Andromeda

  • Lara

    Hey girl! Thanks for writing on my page! Good to hear from you. I do hope to see around the holidays!

  • C

    Hey Lara, Thinking of you. I heard about your journey two weeks ago and have been in the process of helping out. Through UNO, and it's theatre department. I've heard great stories of what you did there and about your character. I'll be helping wherever and whenever I can. Don't worry you have a great team of friends and family who are behind you all the way. (including me, an unknown.) C.

  • Lara

    C-I appreciate your help! Just remember, don't believe everything you hear. :) Seriously, I appreciate your goodness.Thank you.

  • Laura Beth Davidson

    Hello Lara, I read your information here at work (CBSHOME) and just wanted to send my prayers your way. I just donated a little bit of money, sorry...we are military, with a very large move ahead of us to England, so I could not afford to donate any more, or else I would have given you more. I just pray that you make enough donations, and that God will bless you with new lungs. My prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless. Laura Beth Davidson

  • Lara

    Thank you Laura. Don't fret over the $; one at a time helps! Be safe in your journeys to England & enjoy it as much as you can!

  • Danelle Brodersen (Brooke)

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so glad that Karen sent out an email to everyone in the district so that we can help in anyway possible. I graduated with your sister and drive by your house that you both grew up in everyday and still wondered if your parents still lived there. I will pray and try to help spread the word and get donations for you. Thoughts and prayers, God bless. Danelle

  • Lara

    Hello Danelle, I remember you very well. I appreciate you spreading the word and helping. I know that would please Amy as well.

  • Jim Knierim

    Hi Lara. Just got the word from Karen about your dilemma. I will gather as many cell phones and ink cartridges as I can to donate. We must get you well! Have you worked with anyone from OCP to get help? Maybe a show's proceeds can help? let me know if I can be of help in any way. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jim

  • Lara

    Hello Jim. Thank you. Holding off on OCP approaches for now; down the road. Hopefully I will see you at my career expo!

  • Marlis Quimby

    Lara, Eileen Shuman, Paul's mom, told me about your quest. She & I have been friends since high school, and Paul - with his wacky sense of humor - was one of my favorite people. I wish you the best of luck with your transplant and hope to read the good news from you when it happens. If the wishes and hopes and love of all your friends can make it happen, it's a certainty. Peace and love to you.

  • Lara

    Marlis, you are kind. I loved Paul so much and it is kind of Eileen to support my road. Spread the word, efforts will succeed.

  • Scott Glasser

    Hey there dear Lara, Am thinking of you daily. Steven Williams has been marshaling forces, and the students are working alongside the faculty to help. Yes we can! Much love to you.

  • Lara

    Thank you Scott. It's nice to have so much love. Especially from you!

  • Bill Van Deest

    Lara, Your optimistic and vigorous way of living has always amazed and inspired me. Peace Bill

  • Lara

    Aww, shucks! .... Thank you Bill! You're the insiring one!

  • Steven Williams

    Lara. As always, you are in my thoughts and from the sounds of it, you are in many peoples thoughts all around the country. With Love Always. Steven

  • Lara

    Thank you for all your support Steven. I can see your momentum across the country! I appreciate it! Love to you always!

  • Angela Horchem

    Laura, I thinking of you daily! Love, Angela

  • Lara

    Thank you Angela! I appreciate that! Let me know next time you are in town!

  • Paul & Kathleen Bagby Coate

    Hi sweetie! The forces are mobilizing! You are truly loved, and we've all got your back. The Bagby/ Coate clan will do anything we can to help. You are so awesome! Luv, P & K

  • Lara

    Thank you Paul and Kathy! Great to see you at the wedding! Thanks for the support!

  • Brad howard

    We are all pulling together and doing what we can,its great to see!

  • Lara

    Brad! Long time no see! Thank you! Maybe we'll run into each other out on the field one of these days. It'd be great to see you

  • Megan Botos

    Thoughts and prayers with you from Omaha, Nebraska :)

  • Lara

    Thank you Megan!

  • Kelsey Carey

    Hope you're doing ok!

  • Lara

    I appreciate that and you taking time to come to my site. Thank you!

  • blake carver

    my prayers are with you lara. Ü

  • Lara

    Thank you Blake! Keep 'em comin'!

  • Rachel Samson

    Lara, you probably don't remember me but I worked with the Shakespeare Festival during Antony and Cleopatra and Taming of the Shrew, and I was always impressed by you. We're all thinking of you; hang in there!

  • Lara

    Thank you Rachel. I appreciate hearing that. And who knows, maybe there will be another NSF project for us in the future. :)

  • Megan Noonan

    We've never met but our in my thoughts and prayers, from one theater person to another :)

  • Lara

    Thank you Megan!

  • Krystal Kelly

    Lara, You are in my thoughts and prayers. We are all thinking of you here at UNO. Stay strong.

  • Lara

    I appreciate everything from you and the UNO clan! Everyone is helping me keep strong!

  • Steve Hartman

    Stay strong. An Alumni of UNO Theatre is on that I love :)

  • Lara

    Thank you Steve!

  • Amy Schweid

    I was so sad to hear about what's going on...but I want you to know that everyone in the UNO theater department has really been pulling for you. I hope we can help at least a little bit.

  • Lara

    That's sweet of you Amy, and thank you. It'll be a long road, but I have confidence it will be a positive road!

  • Christa Hillmer

    Hang in there! We're all cheering for you!

  • Lara

    Thank you Christa!

  • Wesley Houston

    Gee you're pretty popular. I think you're faking for attention. You would ;P Love ya. Hope tour world is not too crazy. Yell if you need something. Call if you want me to hear that yell.

  • Lara

    Ha, just want your attention, that's all! Thank you Wesley. I truly feel the love; you are very special to me.

  • Paul Hanson

    In My thoughts and Prayers.

  • Lara

    Thank you Paul.

  • Ben Divis

    We all hope you pull through. Keep your chin up.

  • Lara

    I will thank you! Support like this really helps!

  • Raydell Cordell III

    Always keep positive. I'm sure things will be grand! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lara

    Ah, you know me! Always! Thank you Raydell!

  • Becky McCutchen

    Lara, I have heard alot about you through my daughter Rachel. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. Just know when you have those bad days how many of us are thinking of you and praying for you. God Bless!

  • Lara

    Hi Becky, don't believe a word Rachel says! :) Thank you for yuor thoughts and prayers. Very kind of you!

  • Sarah Aulner

    I have yet to meet you, but I have heard great things. You are in my heart and prayers.

  • Lara

    Thank you Sarah.

  • Crystal Bitzes

    Hi Lara, I'm Rachel's sister. Although we've never met, I've heard many wonderful things about you. You're in my thoughts and prayers and I hope everything works out for you. I'd also like to thank you for all the information you provided on CF for my niece, Berkley. My brother and sister in law said the information was very helpful and thank you very much!

  • Lara

    Hello Crystal. Thank you for your thoughts. And if you would like to chat more, let me (or Rachel) know.

  • Sharon Sobel

    Looking forward to lunch next month! (Boy, are you popular!)

  • Lara

    : ) Me too! I miss you!

  • Charlotte Brunner

    I am Corey Behnke's Grandmother and think alot of Rachel. Do hope all goes well for you. God Bless and watch over you. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Lara

    Thank you Charlotte! I appreciate you taking a moment to go to my site! Take care and keep the prayers coming.

  • Katie Cameron

    Lara, just want you to know that I think about you daily and say a prayer for you whenever I do. We'll get you through this. There are a LOT of people pulling for you because we love you bunches! So, when are WE going to do lunch (as we always say we're going to).

  • Lara

    Yeah, I know, right?! You'd be surprised how often I think about our lunch (or lack there of). Let's make it happen!

  • Brent Froning

    You're in all of our thoughts and prayers daily!

  • Lara

    Thank you Brent!

  • Holly Davis

    aka Dusty's mom (one of these days I'm just going to be ME!) Loved the play, and getting to give you a hug! We're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, and working on raising that money bar!!

  • Lara

    Thank you for attending the show Holly! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Paul Thelen

    Hi Laura, WoW! We did a lot of theatre together in a short period of time! I am thinking of you often. Take care, Paul

  • Lara

    Hey Paul, good to hear from you! Sorry I missed you when you were in town!

  • Kasey Scarpello

    Hey, darlin'! Just wanted to send a hello and read up on the others who have checked in to the site. Lots of love being shared through the glorious world of the internet!! Think of you often and miss you lots and lots. Love you, K

  • Lara

    Thank you Kasey! And I sure miss you too!

  • Sharon McCutchen Snelling

    Hi, I am Rachel McCutchen's aunt. I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong, keep positive. You'll be feeling better before you know it!

  • Lara

    Very nice of you to sign in Sharon. And to know that Rachel is doing her job! :) Thank you!

  • Rachel McCutchen

    Hey Lara, I am thinking of you daily - and wish I could've seen you while you were in New York. I'll see you soon though! Happy Holidays! much love, Rachel

  • Lara

    Hey Rachel. I know! So close, yet so far! Love you!

  • Carol (Phelps) Turnbull

    Hi Lara, I am a former classmate of your mothers. I was in her wedding to your dad. Just wanted to let you know that you and your family will be in my thoughts & prayers. May God grant his healing touch to you. Take care.

  • Lara

    Thank you Carol! I appreciate the thoughts and so does my mom!

  • Jim Martin

    Thanks to Sherry Fletcher for getting the word out to TAG members. We all are thinking of you and praying for you, but now we have a concrete way to help. And it's so easy! Happy new year! Lynn and I will pray for you daily! See you at work!

  • Randy Bennett

    Hi Lara- You don't know me but I am a former high school classmate of your mother. That's right- good ole Cato, NY! I've sent an appeal out to our class alumni via email and will include it also in our next snail mailing. My advice to you- don't worry about the money- have faith- it will be there when you need it. Stay positive- focus on all the good in your life and expect miracles. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers daily...Randy Bennett Cato Class of 67

  • Lara

    Very thoughtful of you to send out the appeal, Randy. Many thanks! My mom was very happy to see your email too. Take care!

  • Daniel Gutierrez

    Hey Lara, This must seem ike a tough battle for you. I helped and donated some money in your honor and have also sent the email to many of my friends in family, i hopes they will join in this fight with you. you will rach your goal, i know people will help you. Hang in there. Im keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Dan Gutierrez

  • Lara

    Hi Dan! Thanks so much! Keep spreading the word, I appreciate it.

  • Nevada (Nick) Jones

    Hey Lara ~ You may or may not remember me, but I was involved in some plays that you worked on at the Playhouse (The Dark at the Top of the Stairs) and maybe even the Blue Barn. I just want you to know that I'm thinking about you and cheering for you! (And forwarding the e-mail, of course...) This is a great idea, and it warms the heart and soul to see it in action. Take good care! Nick

  • Lara

    Of course, I remember. Thanks Nick! Keep spreading the word. That's what makes this work. :)

  • Mallory Prucha Rishoi

    Lara, Sending much love, blessings and prayers (and hugs and kisses) from Wisconsin. I will pass your message along in hopes of rallying the frigid North to help out one of the planet's most precious and beautiful people! Sincerely, Mallory Prucha Rishoi

  • Lara

    Mallory! Sure miss you. And your designs! Thanks for your note. Go Packers!

  • Matt Jones

    Always pulling for you,Lara! Hope to see you soon!

  • Lara

    Thanks Matt! Hope to see you soon too. Take care of yourself!

  • Megan McCarthy-Egan

    Lara, I am Molly McCarthy-Egan's sister from the East Coast Tour. She spoke so highly of you and you made her feel so comfortable on the tour. I wish you the best of luck! You are an amazing woman, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Meg

  • Lara

    So nice of you Megan, thank you! Keep the thoughts and prayers going. It's a long road. And keep Molly in line! :)

  • Ruth Scheidler

    Dion Stover, who lived with us a couple summers when he was in the cast at Tibbits Opera House Summer Theater in Coldwater MI, sent your heart breaking appeal. I wish you joy and wellness, 2 new lungs and a long, rich life. If I weren't living on SS and retirement, I would love to gift you with far more than a lousy $10. May the response be a tidal wave of support, and may your surgery be amazingly successful. People with no breathing problems don't understand the urgency, but I do, even though my problems pale compared to yours. Get well, go well, and stay well ~ Ruth

  • Lara

    Thank you Ruth! Your thoughts are very much appreciated. And $10; every bit adds up! Keep spreading the word, that helps too!

  • Kay Adams

    Lara, Jill Fliege is a dear friend of mine and has notified about your case. I will donate AND especially pray for you to receive the double lung transplant. Believe! Believe! Believe Lara! God will take care of you. Blessings, Kay

  • Lara

    Thank you Kay. I appreciate the donation and prayers! That Jill...she's a good woman! :)

  • Helen Fliege/mother-in-law to Jill Fliege

    Praying for a successful transplant for you Lara. Since I dislike giving out my credit card # I searched www.COTA.ORG and found a form to send with a check in your honor. If interested, from the home page go to MAKE A MIRACLE then in the side bar highlite GIVE and the option to send a check with directions follows.

  • Lara

    Thank you for the alternate instructions Helen! I want everyone to feel comfortable. Thank you for your support!

  • ANN McCarthy-Egan, MOLLY'S MOTHER


  • Lara

    Thank you Ann! Keep spreading the word for me, that'll help too. And I think the world of Molly! She's close in my heart!

  • Kathleen Bagby Coate

    Hi Lara! Can you please remind me where to send printer cartridges? We are doing fine here in Minneapolis! It is an incredibly vibrant area, and the very little time we've had to explore, we've thoroughly enjoyed. I'm happy to see your "thermometer" that keeps track of your donations going up, and we'll keep getting the word out. Anyway, just let me know where to send printer cartridges. Take care! -Kathy

  • Lara

    Thanks Kathy! Anyone can send some cartridges to me at the playhouse, or look on the activities page of this site. Thanks!

  • Brian Whisenant

    LARA! I am sending you my best. Love, Brian

  • Lara

    Thank you Brian! I hope you are well!

  • mat man

    Love you lady. Hope the fundraising goes well. Hug the old man and your girls. Best wishes, Mathew

  • Lara

    Thank you Mat Man! Take care of yourself! Enjoy some of D.C. for me!

  • Carmen

    Lara, I have your message out to everyone I can think of... Hang tough, you are in the hearts of so many I know, but you have a very special part of mine that you take with you wherever you go. I love you so much..

  • Lara

    Thank you Carmen! Keep spreading the word, that helps. Love you too!

  • Samantha Cook

    Hi Lara. Gorgeous photo! Pulling for you here in N.Y. :)

  • Lara

    Thanks Samantha! This photo is OLD! :) Say hi to NYC for me!!!

  • Maria Sofranko

    Hi Lara: I don't know you, and you don't know me...(gotta love how karma works, don't ya?). Our mutual friend, Jim McKain, sent me a note about your story and that was all it took. I hope your journey forward is a great success and you reach your goal soon. Wishing you all the best! God bless, Maria Sofranko Oceanside, CA

  • Lara

    Maria, Thank you. Boy, that Jim is a dear! I appreciate your words. And I love CA; please enjoy a day at the beach for me!

  • Scotte Hansen

    I am a friend of a friend of yours, God's blessings and hang in there. Scotte

  • Lara

    Thank you Scotte! Keep the blessings coming, and spread the word. It's a long road. Take care!

  • Kate Krieg

    Hi Lara! I am thinking of you and praying for you. You helped me through a difficult time in 2005 and I will never forget your support. I'm so glad that this website exists so that I can try to give back to you for helping me through that time. I hope you know how respected and adored you are by us theatre people. I hope that word is able to spread to all the people whose lives you've touched with your work with Nebraska Theatre Caravan. I'll be checking in on your journal and looking forward to seeing your health continue to improve! All my love and support, Kate Krieg

  • Lara

    Oh, Kate; THANK YOU! I am so glad you are well! Thank you for your support! Keep healthy too!

  • Jennifer McGill

    Hi Lara! I just wanted to let you know I had a wonderful time at Breath of Fresh Art. What a talented group of performers. I hope it was a huge success!

  • Lara

    So glad to see you there Jennifer. Wish I could've talked to you more! Let's do another project together!! :)

  • Allison Wissman

    Tonight's performance of "The Secret of the Old Queen: A Hardy Boys Musical Adventure" at SNAP! is a benefit for Lara! Everyone -- come see this great show, and support a fabulous lady!!! Tickets are only $10 - and it's really a fun show! Read all about it at

  • Desiree Carr

    You don't know me but my brother Darrin Golden posted pictures of your most recent fund raiser up on his FB page. I'm not sure how you know him either but you've met one of the best young men I've ever known in him! Good luck to you and your family. Many blessings will be sent your direction from ours. Desiree Carr and family (Denver, CO)

  • Lara

    Thank you Desiree! I work with Darrin. He's a good guy. Troublemaker, but a good guy! :)

  • Karen Wheatley

    Please! Keep sending me phones and cartridges, my goal has been to send a minimum of 2 boxes in for recycling each month and I have to have a minimum number of items to do that! The funds do add up and will make a difference for Lara, and for the environment. Questions? Call me 402-296-4438 Karen

  • Lara

    Yay Karen!

  • Mary Lou Brennan

    Hi Lara, I am so happy you emailed me about the Awesome August and I'm very happy to help out. It was so fun catching up with you in St. Louis.

  • Lara

    Thanks Mary Lou! Great fun seeing you in St. Louis as well!

  • Kara

    Hello - I saw on the Great Plains Theatre Conf. website that used cell phones and printer cartridges may help with fundraising. If so, may these be sent to you? What would the address be? Thanks!

  • John

    Check out the "Volunteer" Tab on the home page for more info on this.

  • Steve Bergeron

    Lara... Just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you.

  • Lara

    Thank you Steve! I think of you often! I wish you were in Omaha!!!

  • Michael Severin

    Get well soon Lara. I need to stop by and see you both again.

  • Lara

    Yes, you do. :) Hugs!

  • L. James Wright

    Lara, Your an inspiration of strength and positivity.

  • Lara

    Kind words, James. Thank you. And those are the kinds of words that give me the strength. Thank you.

  • Amy Lane

    Hey sweetie! I am thinking about you today as I sing along with Night Ranger. :) Motorin'!!!!! What's the price for flight?! And finding mister Right? You'll be all right tonight... Love you!!!! Be well!

  • Lara

    Amy, you just put a big smile on my face. Now that song will be stuck in my head ALL DAY; and that's a good thing! Love to you!

  • Bridget

    Hi There - Yes, I'm mighty proud of you and your stubborn self - making you sit down and write in this blog! Great Job! And hey,isn't "stagnant" better than "worse?!!!!" Yea Stagnant!

  • Lara

    You are always my positive consious, even if I wanna be stubborn! :) That's why you are the perfect Campaign Coordinator!

  • Kathy Tyree

    Hey Sweet Heart. Just want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I think you are awesome!!! Love & God Bless, Kathy

  • Lara

    Hey Kathy, thank you!! Good to hear from you! I hope you are well, been forever since I've seen you. Thanks again!

  • Vern, Heather, Danny, & Emma Creamer

    Thinking of you often and wishing you the best ... and the writing comes across as honest and pure.

  • Lara

    Thank you Creamers! You are always so sweet and supportive. Hugs to all of you!

  • Rachel

    Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you! You're such an inspiration! Sending hugs, kisses & well-wishes! xoxo

  • Lara

    Thanks Rachem! Hugs and kisses to you too. Miss you!!!!!! xoxoxo

  • Daniel Balkovic

    Lara you are in my prayers and I wish the best for you. Know that you've been an inspiration for me ever since I was in the program I hope our paths cross again. God Bless

  • Lara

    Thanks so much Daniel! I sure hope you have been well.

  • Amy Reiner

    Hope things are going well - have you had any weird dreams lately? HA!!

  • Lara

    Going pretty status dreams, but if I do, you'll be the first to know!! :)

  • Genevieve Randall

    Lara, I hope things are going well for you...I am sending my love and hugs to you!!!

  • Lara

    Love those hugs, Genevieve! I hope you are well too!

  • Lindsey

    Praying for you and your family, sending my prayers to you from Union County. Stay strong and keep up the fight!! Hope you get your lungs soon.

  • Lara

    Thanks Lindsey! I appreciate it very much!

  • Judy Radcliff

    Darling Lara, hope your weeklong treatment left you feeling refreshed and strong. I miss seeing your beautiful face. Have you started rehearsals yet for Enemy of the People? I am excited to see the show...and hope to do another one with you someday soon. You are in my prayers and my heart always.

  • Lara

    Judy, it is now October; answering you has taken me this long; tells you how busy I've been. Miss seeing your beautiful face too

  • Paul Thelen

    Thinking of you in Chicago! Thanks for the blog update!

  • Lara

    Thank you Paul. Hope you are well, there in Chicago! Haven't been there in a while; I sure miss it!

  • Betsy Bauer


  • Lara

    Love you too Betsy!! :)

  • Angela

    I can't wait for your big day! It'll be amazing to celebrate the first day of the rest of your life!! xoxo I love you girl!

  • Lara

    I can't wait either, Angela. I wish it would hurry up and get here! I still have so much to do! Love you too! xoxo

  • Nick Masson

    Much love! Can't wait to celebrate with you by watching the US Open in Fresh Meadows!

  • Lara

    Me too, Nick! I really hope I can see Nadal play!!

  • Jane Matsui

    Thrilled to know that your theater friends are doing Sing Your Lungs Out. It is the best event. Great entertainment for a fabulous cause. Hope to see you there.

  • Lara

    Thank you Jane! They are so awesome! I am looking forward to hearing their voices again! I will see you there! :)

  • Amanda Marsh

    Love You Momma! You are my Hero in Life and My Inspiration to not take Life for granted! :)

  • timothyshew

    Glad to be on your Support team! Sending Loads of Love and continued Health you way. I Miss seeing you and being in your midst. xo Timmy Shew

  • Lara

    Thank you for being a part of my support, Tim! I miss seeing you too, and firmly believe being exposed to your positivity these past few weeks has contributed to my drive today. Be well, friend. xoxo

  • Rick Lofgren, COTA President

    Greetings from COTA! I want to congratulate the COTA for Lara M team for an outstanding job raising funds for the campaign! When I set the campaign fundraising goals with all of our families, I try to do so knowing that there are no “average” transplant situations, and that each one is different than the most recent one. With this in mind, I usually suggest a goal that is what I believe is needed for any patient’s long-term expenses and transplant-related costs, and the goal generally reflects the next four to five years of out-of-pocket costs. For example, most of our patients will have $2,500 in annual co-payments and deductibles, a similar $5,000 annually for medications, as well as $5,000 - $10,000 in annual travel costs for clinic visits – and this could mean $25,000 for any patient in just a few years. In this case, because of Lara’s longer than expected wait time and stay in Denver following the transplant, I spoke with her and suggested that we raise the goal to better reflect what I believe is the true long-term expenses she will have. Because of this, I recommended that we raise the goal for the COTA for Lara M team from $100,000 to $125,000 to reflect what I believe will be actual costs. Please know there are many factors in this decision, and that I bear the responsibility of justifying this to anyone who asks, and am prepared to do this as I believe that it is the right thing to do. I want to convey that this is not a request for everyone to go out and do additional fundraising, but simply a reflection of real long-term costs and the fact that this team has additional opportunities that have already been started and/or planned, and will likely reach this new goal in 2014. Thank you for all the work and support you have provided to this point, and please keep Lara in your prayers as she deals with ongoing treatment in Denver!

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