2014 - Lauren Calista
Lauren Calista was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Cancer has not her of her creativity, dreams or spirit. She wants to help inspire cancer patients and others to reach out and boldly live life in the ways most important to them. While fighting cancer Lauren completed her masters program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and achieved certification in music therapy the same year. She is deeply committed to helping others heal through expressive therapies and presently works as a music therapist, in a school setting, with elementary children in trauma. Lauren is on the board of the AKP (Always Keep Pedaling) Foundation whose motto is “fight cancer with adventure.” Lauren continues to offer care to others in all her relationships, both professionally and personally. As the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Get Busy Living Award, she received a Dream Day in New York City arranged by the I Am Genie Foundation.
From her nomination:
"Lauren is my hero. She is a rare combination of toughness and gentleness. Her resilience and determination are an example to me and to all who know her. Somehow she manages to maintain hope and positivity while at the same time accepting the very real dangers of her medical situation.”
“I was so amazed and humbled to be honored amidst so many amazing YA cancer fighters and survivors. It was one of the best moments of my life. It was so great to be among people who have experienced what I have as a cancer fighter and who truly get it. I felt an instant bond with them that was so unconditional and loving. I’m fired up to be an ambassador for SC in Boston and get the word out!”