– Family seeks donations to afford care – Lauren Daley is your typical strong-willed, curious and sassy 6-year-old girl with one exception: Lauren is deaf and blind. Born 17 weeks premature, Lauren has had a fighting spirit from the start, which is what her family thinks kept her alive. Helplaurenlearn.com, a site dedicated to both gather donations and raise awareness about deaf-blind people, has given the community a place where they can conveniently contribute to help Lauren. Interveners, which are highly specialized teachers for deaf-blind children, cost the Daley family $1,000 a week, and 100 percent of the donations go to offset the cost of the intervener. “She is such a quick learner,” said Caroline Kupstas Daley, Lauren’s mother. “It’s all about us giving her the opportunity.”  Many area businesses have joined in the effort to give Lauren opportunities to discover the world around her. The Kingwood Garden Center, J. Christopher’s, Kingwood Country Club, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood United Methodist Church, Jumping Joey’s, Thomas Markle Jewelers and LaQuinta are a few of the businesses that have donated funds or services to Lauren. Residents have also been coming together to help broaden Lauren’s horizons. They have donated money as well as items for the silent auction, goods for the bake sales and books for the book drives. Residents have also sold items that they made by hand and donated the proceeds to Lauren. “The community has been amazing,” said Daley. “They have been very open with Lauren.” Currently, a golf tournament and charity dinner with a silent auction are scheduled for Dec. 4 at the Kingwood Country Club. The cost is $125, which includes green fees and meals. Registration forms are at helplaurenlearn.com. The registration fees are tax deductible. Additionally, flip flops and key chains made by Treehouse Moms are for sale at Pirate’s Cove Car Wash, Kingwood Garden Center, Nails by Emily and Stacey’s Dance Studio. Hair bows can be purchased from helplaurenlearn.com and range from $6-12. Proceeds from the sales are donated to help fund Lauren’s interveners. Some of Lauren’s favorite activities include jumping and swimming. “She appears to know no fear,” said Lauren’s father, Paul Daley. “She is always trying new and acrobatic things.” For more information or to make a donation, visit helplaurenlearn.com, or e-mail Caroline Kupstas Daley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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