I married this wonderful woman almost 20 years ago and I have watched in amazement as she has taken adversity and turned it into a gift for the women of Arizona. Lauren was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35 when the youngest of our 3 children was only one year old. I supported her through a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction surgery and a hysterectomy in a 4 month span. She kept a positive outlook and within 6 months of her diagnosis informed our family that she was starting an organization to support moms through cancer recovery. Lauren founded the Happily Ever After League(HEAL) in July 2004 and began doing fund raisers to provide help to Arizona moms with medical bills, rent, utilities and groceries. Lauren works tirelessly to ensure that there will be sufficient funds for future moms and has made the goal of never turning away a mom in need. HEAL has kept this goal and has supported well over 400 mothers in 6 years through their battle with cancer. Additionally, Lauren had a vision to start a HEALing House which she did in October 2007. This home provides social and emotional support to moms and their families as they deal with the challenges of cancer. The HEALing House has provided more than 1,000 services to Arizona families and also has a food bank to further reduce the financial burden on mothers recovering from cancer. Lauren does not let her involvement with HEAL affect her responsibilities to our family. She can be found volunteering in our youngest daughters class room, helping our oldest with college applications and cheering for our son at his Lacrosse games. She is a great wife, mother, daughter and friend. She gives of herself generously to all those around her and the moms that are served through HEAL. She would be the perfect candidate for Woman of the Year.