We asked Lauren to share her #strokeofgenius story, that moment when your life changes and puts you on a completely new path. This was her answer;

15 years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. I went through 3 1/2 years of chemo and month-long radiation treatment. Hair was lost and many tears were shed, but there were many things that I gained from this experience. Strength, hope, and a positive outlook on life are just a few. 
When you go through a scary situation like cancer, you look at the world through different eyes. You take time to cherish the important things. As I approach my 15 year anniversary of being diagnosed I wake up each morning and reflect on how grateful I am to start a new day. During the month of September, we celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness. Being a childhood cancer survivor, I try to give back to that community as much as possible. Even if it is just a smile and to let someone know you are there for them is a great way to make someone’s day when they are going through a difficult journey. 

Being in remission now, I feel honored to celebrate the milestones in my life. This year I celebrated my 30th birthday and will soon be getting married. Cancer is a scary thing, but out of the bad can come good. I have made lifelong friendships from this disease and learned to stop and celebrate the good things in life. Never give up and be like Dory in Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming!


  • Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the New York Mets for five years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for the City of New York while working with elementary and middle school kids, and worked with several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in the one thing he’s most passionate about: film.

    In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world.