Kings Harbor concert to 'Help Lauren Learn' on March 15
- Written by By Trilla Cook
The Kings Harbor Concert Series takes place the first and third Fridays every month from February through November, 7-10 p.m. Each concert highlights a nonprofit organization with fundraising raffles to support their causes. This is the second of two free concerts in the month of March and guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs to be thrilled by the live music performance from Kady Malloy March 15. This concert will support the “Help Lauren Learn” charity for Lauren Daley, a 10-year-old girl who is growing up deaf-blind in Kingwood. She depends heavily on her deaf-blind intervener to communicate and access the world around her. Lauren is making great progress as she learns and “sees” through the hands of her intervener. The intervener costs her family $1,000 per week, and here is where the community can lend a helping hand. Since Lauren’s parents, Paul and Caroline Daley, decided to actively fundraise for Lauren, they have become adept at sharing Lauren’s story and her needs in front of small groups, including Boy Scouts, church groups, classes, etc. “Being a part of the Kings Harbor Concert Series warms our hearts, because we get to share Lauren’s progress with all the wonderful people in Kingwood who have embraced her and encouraged our family on this wild journey,” said Caroline. “Concert goers can help Lauren by getting to know her a little bit and learning a little bit about deafblindness. “At the event, we’ll have some fundraising items that we will sell to benefit Lauren’s education directly. We’ll also have information about our upcoming golf tournament that we want to try and get into as many hands as possible,” said Caroline. Golfers are invited to sign up for the 5th Annual Help Lauren Learn Golf Tournament, which will be held April 26 at the Kingwood Country Club. More information is available on the Help Lauren Learn website. The Daleys recently spoke in Austin at the Deafblind Symposium, and Caroline recalled what happened two years ago that placed them at the symposium this year. “At the Deafblind Symposium two years ago, we were asked to present at a breakout session, alongside Lauren’s classroom teacher, about Lauren’s successful participation in a program sponsored by the School for the Blind,” Caroline said. “The session was well attended by sponsors of the symposium and representatives of various state and national Deafblind organizations. Based on the successful response to that session, we were invited to speak in the main session of the next (this year’s) symposium.” Through fundraisers and donations, the Daleys are able to pay for the services of a professional deafblind intervener, who works with her at home and in the community. “The intervener acts as Lauren’s eyes and ears when they work together,” Caroline explained. “Some of what they do together should be considered work, since they work on things like pre-Braille skills, self-care tasks, routines and hearing-aid practice. The other part of what they do is learning through recreational activities in the community.” For more information, go to Lauren’s website at helplaurenlearn.com Facebook. Photo: Lauren Daley, a 10-year-old deaf-blind girl, with her professional intervener Jennelle Racher, is learning about dolphins at Sea World.