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March 6th

March 06, 2006

Hello internet! It's my birthday. I am twenty-nine. Please go eat some cake for me. And then, drink something. Preferably with an umbrella in it. Also, vodka.

So, for my birthday, did you notice my gift from Kiefer Sutherland? Two episodes of 24. Back to back. Tonight. ON my birthday. Now, please, internet: I think it is patently clear that Kiefer did that just for me. More specifically, I think it is patently clear that Jack Bauer did that just for me. Jack Bauer has pull, which he is very happy to use for his girlfriend. That being myself. Me. I. The person who gets two episodes of 24 on her birthday. Thanks, Jack! Bring on the graphic violence, for which viewer discretion is frequently advised.

So, obviously, very happy times and the Big Fun is happening over here at my house, and we are planning a whole series of exciting events, all of which I am sure I will share with you, because that is just how I roll. But, I just got some very sad news, and so tales of birthday shenanigans are going on hold for just a little bit; soon, I promise to regale you with many recaps of the debauchery that is sure to come. But not today.

This morning, I got an email from Lisa, letting me know that, on Sunday, her goddaughter Lauren passed away. Lauren had been battling cancer for two years, and had been nothing but funny, courageous, and upbeat through that entire experience. She was only nineteen when she died.

I never met Lauren in person, but she used to visit my site, and we emailed back and forth a bit. She told me about her diagnosis, and about having to defer entering college because she was undergoing treatments. Ultimately, she made it to UVA, and I hope she really enjoyed her brief time there.

For my birthday this year, I would love it if y'all would donate to Lauren's Relay for Life team. You can make a donation here, and I'll handle this the same way as the Katrina donations last year. If you donate, leave a comment or send me an email, and I'll enter you in a raffle for a painting. I'll draw a name tomorrow evening, and announce the winner here. You might also want to leave a comment on Lauren or Lisa's site; I know your kind words would help.

If you can contribute to Lauren's team, that's wonderful; regardless, however, please keep Miss Lauren, and all of her family and friends, in your thoughts today. She wasn't around long enough, and she will certainly be missed.


Update: Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to Lauren's Team, or who left words of support for her family. As you can see in the comments, your kindness has not gone unappreciated. Y'all are, as always, awesome. And it's clear that Lauren came from some wonderful people.

I have done my silly little drawing again (names in a hat! It is reasonably practical), and the winner of the raffle is Miss Catherino. When I looked back at her comment, I saw that she is actually the parent of a [very small] cancer survivor. That is a very cool coincidence.

So, Catherino, kindly email me your address, and I will promise not to show up on your doorstep demanding wine. As for the rest of y'all, thank you again. But I can't promise that your doorsteps are safe.

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47 Comments

Well, despite the very sad news, I hope you have a very, very happy birthday! Enjoy the double dose of 24 :)

Posted by: Jessie | March 6, 2006 04:08 PM

Oh, thanks for bringing up a way to donate - it feels a little better to be able to do something positive, even a small thing. How achingly sad, but good to know how many people will read this and also give. Yes, doll, Good has been done here.

And tell Jack when you see him tonight to hang in there, I'm in Season 3 and coming up fast...

Posted by: Miss Fish | March 6, 2006 04:23 PM

Sorry about the bad news, and thanks for reminding me that I do have to contribute to good causes. Have a good day today.

Posted by: khazzy | March 6, 2006 04:41 PM

Happy, happy birthday!!! Enjoy your back-to-back episodes of 24!

So sorry to hear about Lauren. Many prayers and much love to her family.

Posted by: Ivie | March 6, 2006 05:08 PM

Wow... that is really young. As a fellow Wahoo I am very sorry. (Of course I'd be sorry no matter where I went to school).

On a lighter note, HB.

Posted by: Anne Glamore | March 6, 2006 05:21 PM

sorry you got such sad news today. hope you have a wonderful birthday, though. can't wait to read about what dukay does for you!

Posted by: minnie | March 6, 2006 05:45 PM

Birthday donation complete - thanks for the opportunity to do something positive. Lauren and her family will be in my thoughts.

Posted by: Vaguely Urban | March 6, 2006 06:04 PM

Happy birthday, Doxie Dear!!

Posted by: mom on a wire | March 6, 2006 06:16 PM

my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends that her life touched...that was a wonderful gesture to add the donation button..thank you...have a wonderful birthday...

Posted by: heather | March 6, 2006 06:23 PM

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Megs | March 6, 2006 06:25 PM

Thank you for giving the rest of us a chance to donate in Lauren's name.

God bless and a very happy birthday to you, Miss Doxie.

Posted by: Kay | March 6, 2006 07:23 PM

I went to Lauren's blog and read her godmother's post and it made me so sad.

Then I read Lauren's last post (dated only 4 days before her death) and am amazed by this young woman whom I never knew existed until only moments ago.

Happy Birthday, Miss Doxie. I wish you many more.

Posted by: Contrary | March 6, 2006 07:52 PM

Oh, Miss Doxie, that poor girl. She seems like she was such a happy and delightful soul, and so very young. Made me cry. I'll give you money to donate.

And also, happy birthday! My birthday was last month and I totally lied that I was 29. They humored me, but I don't think they really believed me.

Posted by: Liz | March 6, 2006 09:19 PM

Thank you for the reminder to cherish each day, birthday or no... I read some of her site, and... just... wow. Donation complete.

Happy birthday, Miss Doxie.

Posted by: oregoncoastgirl | March 6, 2006 10:18 PM

Thank you so much for this kind and generous birthday gesture. Lauren is indeed a beautiful soul.

Posted by: Lauren's mom | March 6, 2006 10:26 PM

Miss Doxie, Lauren was a fan of your blog and your nifty writing style. How kind of you to remember her in print and in donation. She left a very loving legacy and all who knew her loved her.

And thanks to all who have read this post, made a donation and/or wandered on over to La's blog. She had her own unique voice. Check out her archives and you will get a sense of just who she was - smart, goofy, loving, courageous, friendly and just darn amazing. She was well loved.

Posted by: Lauren's godmommy | March 6, 2006 10:39 PM

Leigh -- thanks so much for sharing this extraordinary young woman with us. I immediately went to check out her site and her Godmommy's site. What wonderful, bright, light-filled people. You can be assured that I will be making a donation to Lauren's foundation.

And Lisa, what a beautiful piece you wrote letting all of Lauren's friends know she'd passed with her family close and in peace. I would bet that Lauren is surrounding all of you right now with a healing, bright light -- wonderful.

To Lauren's mom: I'm so sorry you lost your little girl, but I would guess that during her short time on earth she brought more joy to people than some people can in 80 years of living. You did an amazing job, and of that, you can be so proud.

Posted by: Jessica | March 7, 2006 12:29 AM

Oh, CRAP, and Leigh? HAPPPPYYY BIRTHDAAAY!!!!

Posted by: Jessica | March 7, 2006 12:30 AM

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Pomme Granite | March 7, 2006 12:35 AM

Thank you for sharing about Lauren. Nineteen is just too young to pass from this life. It is amazing to read her words. She was a beautiful soul. Lisa wrote such a loving post.

I'm happy to have donated for your birthday - it is the least I can do for the hearty laughs and joy you've brought me, and I'm sure Lauren too.

Posted by: Boulder | March 7, 2006 06:41 AM

What at wonderful tbing to do Miss Doxie - letting us all know about Lauren. From her Godmother's words you get a real sense of how loved and wonderful Lauren was. I know that her family will miss her greatly and I am happy to make a birthday donation.

Hoping that you have a great day and write soon and share with us what Dukay did for the day of your birth!

Posted by: Diane | March 7, 2006 10:19 AM

I've made my donation; everyone else, hop to it!

Miss Doxie, thanks for making us laugh, but thanks also for making us remember what's important. Oh...and have a fabulous birthday. :c)

Posted by: Cassiopeia | March 7, 2006 10:24 AM

Happy Birthday, Leigh. I warmed up 29 for you with lotsa wine and shoes!

XXX.

Posted by: Em | March 7, 2006 10:36 AM

Happy Birthday to you, Miss Doxie.

And I'm so sorry to hear about Lauren. Her family will be in my prayers.

Posted by: LadyBug | March 7, 2006 10:42 AM

Happy Birthday Miss Doxie, I hope your day was wonderful and dog poop free.As for Lauren, thank you for sharing this beautiful and corageous woman with us! It's so important to remember to live for each day and that life isn't fair but it's all we have. Lauren and her precious family will be in my prayers.

Posted by: Louli | March 7, 2006 10:43 AM

Happy Birthday. Its my birthday on Friday and like you there is loss around right now which tempers things slightly.

Posted by: Mouldy | March 7, 2006 12:21 PM

Dear Miss Doxie,
Today is the first time that I have read your blog, and must say how touched I am by all of the kind words of sympathy sent out by your readers for my Great-Niece Lauren. I will tell you that I'm Lisa's Godmommy and could not be any prouder of her if she were my own daughter. All of her energy and love was given to Lauren and she is showing such strength now in preparing for her sweet childs funeral. She is making this a celabration of her life not her death. Lisa is a very special person and is loved by all who meet her. I'm honored to be her Godmommy. From all of Lauren's family members, we thank you for the prayers and may God Bless you real good!
Aunt Connie

Posted by: Connie | March 7, 2006 12:26 PM

I'm so very sorry. Ewings is a particularly nasty cancer. As the mommy of a little cancer survivor (3 years and counting - neuroblastoma), I know what a hard fight she faced. After reading through the archives of her blog, it's obvious she faced it bravely and full of spirit.

Happy birthday Miss Doxie ~ it's an honor to donate in Lauren's memory.

Posted by: catherino | March 7, 2006 12:32 PM

Happy Birthday, Leigh. Donating, but don't need to be in your prize drawing. Take care!

Posted by: New Jan Brady | March 7, 2006 12:57 PM

A very happy (although belated) birthday to you!

Posted by: lizardek | March 7, 2006 01:35 PM

I'm honored to be able to donate in Lauren's memory. She sounds like a lovely young woman, both inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Happy (belated) birthday, Miss Doxie!

Posted by: Heather | March 7, 2006 02:08 PM

I turned 29 on 2/24, and got carded on my birthday -- I wish you similar joys.

I also made a donation in Lauren's memory....thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

Amy

Posted by: Amy | March 7, 2006 02:31 PM

Donated and done, missy. Happy birthday.

Also, rest in peace, Lauren. Job well done.

Posted by: Coleen | March 7, 2006 03:11 PM

I didn't realize that you and my son share the same birthday! He turned 2 yesterday. Happy Belated Birthday Miss Doxie, and I hope many more to come!

Posted by: Jennah | March 7, 2006 05:12 PM

Happy birthday, Miss Doxie! And many thanks for commemorating a worthy cause.

Posted by: madrigalia | March 7, 2006 05:24 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Radiantsky | March 7, 2006 07:23 PM

Lauren is quite an inspiration, even to someone who's never met her. made a donation in her honor (if it doesn't make the painting raffle, no worries).

a very merry 24/29 to you!

Posted by: enjelani | March 7, 2006 07:40 PM

Just finished reading all of Lauren's archives (started last night) and I thank you for pointing us to her site. She sounds like she was an amazing person, and I gladly donated in her memory.

Jen

Posted by: Jen-Again | March 7, 2006 08:01 PM

Happy birthday, Doxie.

And thoughts with Lauren and her loved ones. That's terribly sad. May they find a silver lining one day.

Posted by: Kate | March 7, 2006 11:00 PM

Holy Cow! You guys totally rock. I'm serious! The donations, kind words and just luffly vibes here are part of the wonderful legacy Lauren left us (she'd appreciate the alliteration, yo).

Plus! My own Godmommy commented! Hell, she's never even commented on MY blog! heheh I almost fell off my chair reading that one.

We will be having a celebration of Lauren's life this weekend and strange as it may seem to look forward to a funeral and wake, I actually am.

I will be thinking of all of you who so kindly donated money, sweet thoughts and your time to read through her words when we walk on team MIGHTY LAUR in the Relay for Life in April.

Thank you again.

Posted by: Lauren's godmommy | March 7, 2006 11:58 PM

Lauren's Godmommy and Lisa's Godmommy -- so wonderful that you all are making the wake and funeral a celebration of an extraordinary young woman. That's the way it should be! She was full of life, and would not want people standing around crying that she's gone, but rather celebrating the time she was here. Stay strong -- our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Jessica | March 8, 2006 02:21 AM

Hope you had a good birthday and wasn't 24 great? I can't believe what happened to Edgar! I'm hoping Lynn is passed out somewhere and too bad they can't send some of that gas over to the white house.

Posted by: trish | March 8, 2006 03:12 PM

Trish is a spoiler! Stop that! I can only make Just Joe watch so many episodes a day before he threatens to tie me down and dose me with NyQuil.

Posted by: MissFish | March 8, 2006 10:39 PM

This is my first time reading your blog, youre really funny...Happy belated birthday! Drink up!
Also,Im very sorry to hear about Lauren.

Posted by: Angelique | March 9, 2006 03:20 PM

mmmmmm...unicorn cake...

Posted by: mramunds | March 10, 2006 06:20 PM

You are the sweetest to always be looking out for others girl. What a nice gesture and I hope Catherino gets something lovely. I'm sure Lauren would be proud. Happy belated birthday too!

Posted by: Angel | March 14, 2006 03:48 PM

hi my bday is on 6th march 2

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