Lauren D. Beck was born on July 20, 1986 to Ms. Anika Downs and Mr. Jody Beck. From her early years she was always a very happy and playful child that enjoyed being the center of attention amongst her family and friends. Her colorful and comedic personality made everyone that she came into contact with smile, and sent most into fits of laughter. Her love for life showed in everything she did. She accepted her illness from an early age, but never allowed the illness to interfere with enjoying everyday life. Outside of sharing a smile you could count on, she was also known for her love of singing and music. Her favorite artists were TLC, Lauren Hill, Aahliyah, Monica and Brandy. One of her outlets for dealing with her illness was to write poetry, which she developed at an early age. Her poems were always expressions of love for God and love for her family. At the time of death she was a senior at Annapolis High school and a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her dream was to become a Pediatric Nurse, in hopes of helping others with her condition. She past way 1 month shy of receiving her High school Diploma, however her mother was able to walk across the stage and receive it for her. This event marked a great accomplishment for Lauren, as those who knew her marveled at the constant pain she endured and the determination it took to get to school each day. She wanted to be known as Lauren Beck, the helper, the changer, the do-er and not just Lauren Beck with Sickle Cell Disease. Her dream of helping others still lives on, even after losing her personal battle with Sickle Cell Disease on April 25, 2004.
To promote the knowledge and understanding of Sickle Cell Disease as a health crisis.
To inform and educate the community about Sickle Cell Disease and Traits.
Foundation Services: Sickle Cell screenings, Blood Drives, Health Fairs, Educational Materials, Scholarships, Family Sponsorships.