Lauren Sophia Maziarz

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“Donna and I were so sorry to hear of Lauren's passing. We will keep her and all who loved her in our thoughts and prayers. I had the honor to meet...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Dennis and Donna Capoferri - PA

“Jonathan shared your story with me after learning that my son was born with cancer. My heart has broken for your family and I just wanted to tell you...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Karen Fredericks - Saratoga, CA

“You do not know me but I have read your baby's story in the paper and touched my heart. I want to send my prayers to your family. Your princess is...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Marie Zadareky - Fallsington, PA

“I do not know your family, but I wanted to express my prayers for you after reading Lauren's obituary. I have daughters myself, and my heart goes to...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Jessica - Greer, SC

“Dr. Maziarz, I am so incredibly saddened by the news of your granddaughter's death. Lauren is a testament to children's strength and resiliency. I am...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: Meghan Lunetta - Baltimore, MD

“Praying for your family. May God be with you. ”
6 of 39 | Posted by: DeAnn Cruse - Senoia, GA

“My heart and thoughts are with your family at this time. Dr. Dennis Maziarz was my pediatrician for 18 years. My family is keeping your family in our...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Stacy Lunetta - Philadelphia, PA

“I am so very sorry for you loss and all other indignities you all have had to handle! I pray that lauren's last moments were of beautiful peace. Know...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Michelle Worman - Lubbock, TX

“Lauren is finally cured of Cancer, awarded her angle wings and flown into heaven where she will watch over your family and friends until one day you...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Jerri Michael - Newport News, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with all the family of Lauren. May God Bless all of you and give you the strength to carry on in this world without her....Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Becky O'Riley - Waynesville, MO

“Our thoughts are with you. ITB. ”
11 of 39 | Posted by: Erin Cochrane Sutcliffe - Seattle, WA

“David, Robin, Harper and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this terrible time of loss. I cannot imagine the loss...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Ashley Causey - Simpsonville, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this family. She will always be your Shining Angel. Our love to all, Ed & Eve ”
13 of 39 | Posted by: Ed & Eve Dixon - Laurens, SC

“I do not know Lauren's family, but I have a friend that does and I had to read the obituarie. This was one of the sweeties and best obituaries that I...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Judy Griffin - Liberty SC

“I do not have the pleasure of knowing you or had the honor of knowing your precious angel but I have to say that your beautiful tribute to Lauren...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Sarah Davis - Simpsonville, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers for quite some time now and will continue to be. ”
16 of 39 | Posted by: Andrea Tolley Phillips - Easley, SC

“Thinking of you as you grieve for your precious Lauren. ”
17 of 39 | Posted by: Beth Davis - Daphne, AL

“Lauren's story is fitting for royalty. She was truly an amazing little girl -- beautiful from the inside out. My prayers are for ALL of her family...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Ruth Warner - Spokane Valley, WA

“Rest in peace sweet Lauren - run and play with all your little friends. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful little girl. ”
19 of 39 | Posted by: Kathy Marte-Sileno - Newburgh, NY

“I just wanted to let you know that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers, and I am so sorry for your loss. ”
20 of 39 | Posted by: Heather Moreira - Greenville, SC

“Lauren's obituary is remarkable and touched me deeply. I do not claim to know the pain you are experiencing, but I will tell you that my only brother...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Doug Williams - Greenville, SC

“Thank you for sharing Laurens' journey with us. She has inspired me to work hard everyday, even if I'm tired, knowing that the decisions I make may...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Sharon and Marc Wondracek - SC

“I want to express my condolences to this wonderful family. For allowing the world to get to know this sweet sweet girl. She was loved by so many. I...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Tina Lincoln - Maurice, IA

“I never had the honor to personally meet Lauren, but found her strength and courage to be inspiring. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
24 of 39 | Posted by: Kathy Brockman - Brunswick, GA

“Robin, It broke my heart to hear about the passing of your daughter. You and your family are in my prayers. I know that she is in a better place...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Jody Smith - Greenville, SC

“Our hearts are bowed in prayers for her loving family, and for each one that loved this beautiful child. She brought love and hope to all around her...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Annette Wintters - Tyler, TX

“Know your beautiful daughter through my daughter Cathy Regan and grandson Ryan Regan who has been fighting the same disease since 21 months old. He...Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: Sharon Camarda - Fraser, MI

“My heart breaks for your family but my thoughts and prayers are with you. I had the opportunity to teach Lauren dance last year, and although she...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Becky Medlin - Greenville, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss, I have followed Lauren on caringbridge and saw the love she gave to everyone through her mothers eyes. I am praying for...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Donna Robinson

“Your family has endured more in the last months than anyone should have to in a lifetime. As you begin a different life without your sweet girl, I...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Sharon - The Villages, FL

“Two minutes into my first conversation with Lauren, I was smitten. Watching her share her contagious joy for life was a teaching moment. Each time I...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: S.J. Weiss - New York, NY

“Our thoughs and prayers are with you. God Bless You, Chico and Kelly ”
32 of 39 | Posted by: Chico and Kelly Mathis - easley

“Lauren, I will never forget playing ""doll"" with you as you were dressed in your strawberry shortcake outfit. You kept nudging me to make your doll...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Belen Carrasco - Bakersfield, CA

“As a stranger to your family,I want to let let you know how deeply your loving tribute to your precious child touched my heart. I can't begin to...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Linda Lollis Davis Greenville SC

“I cannot offer any words of comfort as they would be meaningless. We will continue to fight this dreaded disease in Lauren's honor and pray for a...Read More »
35 of 39 | Posted by: Kathy Phillips - Greenville, SC

“Please know u r in my thoughts. If there is anything I can do for u please let me know. ”
36 of 39 | Posted by: sandi thurlow - eeasley, SC

“I'm so sorry for the losse of your precious daughter. You will be together again in Heaven. May God keep you and your family and give you peace and...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Latham Thurber - Huntsville, AL

“Robin and David, I am so sorry for the loss of your incredible girl. My heart aches for you. Love, Karen ”
38 of 39 | Posted by: Karen Wachs - Arlington, MA

“Miss Thelma, and family, You have my greatist sympathies at this time. I am still praying for your family and little Lauren she was so strong and...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Kay Alexander - Easley, SC

Lauren Sophia Maziarz
Easley, SC

Lauren Sophia Maziarz was cured of cancer on October 21, 2010 at her home in Piedmont, South Carolina in the presence of her parents, grandparents and Aunt. She was five years and one day old.

Lauren was born October 20, 2005 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to David Maziarz, MD and Robin Gaines, MD. She is survived by her three-month-old sister whom she named Harper Alexa Sophia. She is the granddaughter of Skeet and Thelma Gaines of Easley, SC and Dr. Dennis and Mrs. Elizabeth Maziarz of Bucks County, PA. She is the great-granddaughter of Theresa Owings Boroughs of Greenville. She is also survived by her aunt and uncle, SC State Trooper Weldon "Ankle" Marlow and Mrs. Terri "Tantie" Gaines Marlow , and their son Benjamin of Easley, SC. She is also survived by Aunt Paula and Uncle Jonathan Maziarz of Austin, Texas and cousin Marco.

She was an eleventh-generation Carolinian, a descendant of the English Burris/ Boroughs, Whitaker, Chamblee, Owings, Gaines, Moss and Lollis families of Upstate South Carolina. On her paternal side she was a third-generation American with lineage from Poland (Maziarz and Midura lines ), Hungary (Csernech), and Italy (Rockino). She was a Chi Omega legacy through her mother and Duke legacy through both parents. She was a good southern girl, and full of sass.

She was a Presbyterian and loved God, Jesus and Mary. She was baptized on her fifth birthday in her home with water from the family creek in an heirloom poplar bowl hand carved by her great-great grandfather. Rev Neil Cochran, Children??s Hospital chaplain (Ret.) performed the ceremony.

Lauren resided in Piedmont with her family. She was a member of the River Reserve Preschool Play Group. She previously attended St Paul??s Day School in Kingsport, TN. She enjoyed dancing, music, playing and being outdoors with her family and her 13-year-old Labrador Noah. She was actively involved with rescuing and fostering animals, and had helped save dogs for the Greenville Humane Society and Lowcountry Lab Rescue.

Her best friends were cousin Benjamin Marlow, Kate Madigan, cousins Maya and Zoe Gravanis, and the love of her life Aiden Robbins.

Lauren was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2009. She endured 7 rounds of chemotherapy, 6 major surgeries, 20 rounds of radiation which she endured alone in the radiation vault, and hundreds of shots, bone marrow biopsies, scans, blood transfusions and other painful procedures. In spite of it all, she rarely whined and kept a heart full of optimism and hope.

Lauren was a bright child, putting two words together at 12 months, and after mastering English began learning Mandarin. Too often Lauren was approached by strangers about her cancer, her hair loss, and whether she was going to live. Lauren fielded the questions with humor and dignity, never giving an indication of how much hurt certain comments left.

Lauren wanted to grow up to be a doctor like her parents, and she wanted to cure cancer. In her honor, numerous fundraisers were held for Cookies for Kids Cancer and Alex??s Lemonade Stand. Lauren knew children??s cancers are not given as much money as adult cancers, and she thought this was wrong and wanted to change it.

Lauren was beautiful, effervescent, and a true bon vivant. In January of this year she was photographed by celebrity photographer Sara Jaye Weiss. Photographs from her first session were chosen to grace the front and back covers of the Ronald McDonald of New York??s annual report. She was also photographed with Mets third baseman and philanthropist David Wright, who fell for her enchanting personality immediately. They played a game of Connect Four as the paparazzi shot away, and Lauren beat Mr. Wright, playing by her own rules of course. Their picture was featured in the New York Daily News. She was also featured in Flying magazine in April in an article on Angel Flights.
Lauren suffered a horrific and preventable brain injury at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on May 16, 2010. She came home on hospice with her family on July 5. Lauren was paralyzed and unable to walk or talk. Through her final and painful five months on earth she continued to teach others about grace and effort. Until her very last day on this earth, she did her very best.

Lauren lived more, accomplished more, loved more and fought harder to live in her five years than most adults will in a fair lifetime.

Many talk about living, or giving, or being a good Christian, but Lauren did these things effortlessly. The greatest way to honor her legacy is to continue her work.

The family will march together at 9 am November 13 at Furman University in Rachael??s Run.

Thank you to Lauren??s nurses, but especially Robin Gadd, Linda Carter and Wendy Cassidy who lived in our home and loved Lauren and allowed her dignity in her final weeks. A special thank you to Drs. Stroud and Bryant for loving Lauren as she was.

Graveside services were held at noon, October 23, 2010 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Rest, sweet princess, you have won the race.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home - Powdersville Road, who is assisting the family.