WMU campus minister faces inoperable brain tumor

    Lauren Markel

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An Intervarsity campus minister at Western Michigan University is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The mother of two girls says her only shot at life is a miracle. She says she’s confident, with God’s help, that miracle will come.

    In 2015 Lauren Markel was diagnosed with DIPG which is an extremely rare brain tumor normally found in children. In most cases, the tumor is fatal. The location of the tumor makes biopsy and surgery impossible. It’s devastating news, but Markel’s students at WMU say they are blown away by her faith.

    “How many people would just curl up in a ball and say, God I don’t know why you gave me this?” said sophomore Alex Kelley. “But with her it’s like she just trusts Him so much and it’s amazing to see.”

    Despite the terrible prognosis, there is one treatment that just might save Markel’s life. There’s a gene targeted treatment offered by Burzynski Clinic in Texas that shows promise. However, the treatment costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, and insurance doesn’t pay for it.

    Markel says it’s the only lifesaving treatment out there for her, so she’s asking for help. Friends have set up a GoFundMe account and there’s also a tax deductible account set up through PayPal.

    Markel says God is telling her, she’s going to make it. She says when she does, she’s going to tell the world that this treatment, along with faith in God, saves lives. She says this miracle is going to happen.

    “I really believe that with this treatment and God moving, whether he’s going to heal or whether it’s going to be through treatment, that this isn’t the end,” Markel said. “There’s going to be a really amazing story that comes out of this in the end and we’re excited to tell it.

    You can find Markel’s GoFundMe account here; https://www.gofundme.com/seelaurenlive

    You can also make a tax deductible donation to Markel through PayPal here; https://www.facebook.com/SeeLaurenLive/

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