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Lauren Renee’ Estes Scholarship

Lauren Renee’ Estes 7/16/1986 - 1/27/2018


I am going to step away from my normal hockey focus on this site for a moment and hope that you all will indulge me this time.

One week ago today I received a phone call that no parent ever wants to receive. My wife was on the other end of the line frantically telling me that my daughter was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and they were trying to revive her.

Lauren Renee’ Estes was born July 16, 1986 in Joplin, MO before we moved as a family to Texas in 1992. Over the years Lauren had struggles in her life that she fought to overcome. She had been battling anorexia for the past few years and appeared to be making some progress in her fight. Unfortunately, a recent sudden illness proved to be more than her fragile heart could stand and she lost her fight at 1:02AM on January 27, 2018.

Lauren was an amazing person. I know every father says that about their child, but with Lauren it was not just a dad’s boasting. No matter her current situation in life Lauren was always the first to reach out to anyone dealing with struggles of their own. If she saw someone in need she would do anything in her power to help including the time she literally gave the shirt off her back to a cold homeless woman on a Dallas street corner.

The true effect that Lauren had on others becomes much clearer through the words of those whose lives she impacted.

David: “As a particularly shy ninth-grade boy, my first months at Legacy were pretty difficult and I felt like very few people noticed my existence. Lauren, who sat behind me in geometry class, was one of those few who did. Truth be told there may very well have been days when I talked to no one except Lauren and that was life-saving.”

Mary: “Lauren’s beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and intentionality in everything she did for others leaves a footprint on each of our hearts that only belongs to her. I was struck today by the stories of her pure, selfless acts of love for so many. She was real, she was honest, and she was approachable. I left inspired by her life and her legacy of love for others.”

Tait: “Lauren amazed me – she had such a bright spirit rarely encountered on Earth, and hair colors that boggled the mind. What stood out to me in particular with Lauren was her ability to ignore the pettiness that drives most people mad, moving straight to an irresponsible acceptance of others (meaning she deeply accepted others no matter what). Her love for others and passion for life made an impact on me that I’ll never forget.”

Kate: “Lauren has been one of my very best friends for the last ten years, she was a sweet, kind and generous soul, also so amazingly funny and her laugh was infectious. There will always be that sparkle missing now but the truly wonderful footprint she left in this world will always be remembered and never forgotten.”

While we all search to answer the question how something like this could happen to a young woman, we have to remember that God has a plan that we will never understand. Just know that if Lauren was a part of your life it was not an accident. God placed her in your life for a reason.

In an effort to help prevent other families from suffering the devastating grief that we are feeling, we have founded the Lauren Renee’ Estes Scholarship at The Center for Discovery- Dallas, 14800 Landmark Blvd., #820, Dallas, Texas 75254 centerfordiscoverydallas.com. The scholarship is the first for the center and will be used to provide outpatient treatment for young women struggling with anorexia. Donations to the scholarship can be mailed to the facility at the address above with “Lauren Renee’ Estes Scholarship” in the memo. Unfortunately, the scholarship is not currently set up to receive on line donations.

While the scholarship is not a recognized charitable organization for tax purposes, know that your donations may help prevent another tragic loss of life. With this scholarship, Lauren will continue to impact the lives of others even after her unfortunate passing.

I would like to leave you with one of Lauren’s favorite quotes from poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

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