This is a special post, as part of an effort to help find Lauren Spierer. Lauren has been missing since June 3, when she disappeared from Bloomington, Indiana. If you don’t have time to read the whole post, here are the crucial points:
Here’s the long version of why this story matters to me, and additional ways you can help.
About 14 years ago, our family had just figured out that my sister-in-law, Ann’s, sudden death at the age of 30 had been caused by Long QT Syndrome, a hereditary cardiac arrhythmia. Our family was gathered by the pool and my niece (Ann’s daughter), Jordan, who was about seven years old and had just been confirmed to have Long QT, was gleefully swimming from the shallow end of the pool to the deep end, not coming up for air. Her father, new to the experience of having two children with a cardiac issue, and having lost his wife to one, was freaking out, pleading with her to come up for air and not risk the time underwater without oxygen. That moment stands out in my mind as the juxtaposition between letting your child be a child and wanting to protect them from danger.
Lauren Spierer, who is very close in age to my niece Jordan and who also has Long QT Syndrome, is in extreme danger. She was last seen at 4:30 a.m. on June 3, at the corner of 11th Street and College Avenue in Bloomington, Indiana. As of today, she is still missing. For a detailed timeline, read this.
I am joining bloggers from all over the world to ask you to help in the effort to find Lauren. There are ways you can help, even if you are not in the Bloomington area. Here are ten tips defining things you can do from your own space to help.
If you are closer to Bloomington than I am (I am in Florida) or want to help with the search, here are instructions.
As I mentioned above, if you are on Twitter, follow @NewsOnLaurenS for continuous updates.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba said, “No one will go to the rescue of a drowning man if his cries are feeble.” Seventeen days have passed since Lauren went missing. Let’s band together to keep the cries for her rescue for becoming feeble.
Let’s help Lauren surface.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.