Spotlight Newsletter - Issue 2


 


 

 

 Spotlight Newsletter - Issue 1

 


Dear Friends and Family,


In an effort to bring you closer to our work with Lauren’s Light, we welcome you to our first Lauren’s Light newsletter, “Spotlight.”


This has been a year  of growth, reevaluation and learning. We bid    a fond farewell to our executive director, Andrea Vinard, who has moved on to another non-profit job but continues to volunteer her valuable time to Lauren’s Light. Our program director, Mallory Probst, has been doing a fabulous job working with Lauren’s Light’s families and running  our office.


The most exciting addition has been a growing group of very dedicated volunteers who are involved not only with fundraising, but also with community outreach, office help and even this newsletter. We owe them all a deep debt   of gratitude. In this   and future newsletters, we will be spotlighting some of these dedicated volunteers so you can get an idea of who they are and how valuable they are to Lauren’s Light. Our intention is  to do the same with our growing group of therapists and our partner groups that    we work with throughout the year.


We hope this newsletter brings you closer to the work we do. Our wish is for you and your loved ones   to never need our services, but to know  of us, share in our wonderful work and support those families who hold on to us as one of their lifelines.


Ben and I, and our Lauren’s Light family   of professionals, volunteers and partners wish you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year.  

 

In Light,

          Mal Feinswog


                                 

       

Miami Herald-Oct. 8, 2009

by Donna Gehrke-White


Lauren Feinswog Millin was just 33 when she died of cancer.


But her life inspired many to take on a cause -- helping young families cope when a parent has cancer.


Her family and friends helped start the nonprofit Lauren's Light, whose executive office is based in South Miami.


On Thursday, the nonprofit will hold an improv fundraiser: The jokes will flow for a serious cause. Lauren's Light will produce Lighten Up Thursday at the Miami Improv Comedy Club in Coconut Grove.    It will be hosted by author and comedian Andrea Askowitz.


“I hold a special place in my heart for this function as Lauren was one of my childhood best friends,'' said Askowitz, who wrote My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy. ``Sadly, Lauren lost her fight against a very rare cancer at the tender age of 33, just six months after delivering her second child.”


Millin's mother, Malvina Feinswog, said it would have been just like her late daughter to start a nonprofit to help others. So family and friends formed Lauren's Light to honor her memory.  “We feel she is working with us every step of the way,'' Feinswog said.



                                             

 

 

 

Visit our website to learn more about  Lauren's Light:                 www.LaurensLight.org

 




After all, her daughter,     a 1986 Palmetto High graduate, eventually earned a master's from Columbia University in running a nonprofit.


Millin was having a difficult second pregnancy when doctors discovered she had cancer. She died in 2001, and her family started Lauren's Light the year after.


Today, her family has united to run Lauren's Light, including her widower, Anthony Millin, her mother and her father, Ben Feinswog.  Her older son, Joshua, is now 11; Matthew is 8.


Having gone through Millin's cancer, the family knows the trauma and heartache other families endure. 


Their nonprofit provides free counseling and other services to young families struggling to help a parent with cancer.  It can be daunting: Families already struggling to help their young children also have to concentrate on learning about cancer and its treatments.


“Just imagine going through that with a young family,'' Malvina Feinswog said.  “You don't have the leisure to be sick.''  Lauren's Light helps cancer patients and families obtain educational materials   and available treatment options. 


“We do it all through donations,''  Feinswog said.  

 



      

Testimonial

Young or old, the grief of losing a parent is devastating. When my mother was dying of cancer, I felt like a boat set adrift on a stormy sea. After she passed away, music died for me. I couldn't listen to music for a very long time. Then I met Mal and Ben, who introduced me to Lauren's Light. It is said that everything happens for a reason and I believe that volunteering for Lauren's Light helped me to complete the grieving process. It allowed me to open my heart while helping others. Fund raising with a team of talented and dedicated individuals taught me to celebrate all their collective strengths while working for a worthy cause. Volunteering for Lauren's Light has been a tremendous healing and sharing experience. The people, who I now call friends, have embraced me as I have embraced them and finally, the music has begun again. KW, Volunteer