Beloved Kings Park High School student and soccer player, Lauren Lenardi, passed away on Friday. Lenardi was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer in December of 2010.
The school and community rallied around the 16-year-old student, holding fundraisers dubbed "Laurenstrong" and "Love for Lauren". Last year the Kings Park High School girls soccer team celebrated Lauren's Sweet 16 birthday on the field with Lauren in a game against West Babylon.
"Lauren is an amazing person with tremendous spirit, optimism, courage, strength and wisdom beyond her years," said girls varsity soccer coach, Bridget Keenan in an email to Patch last year.
"We are blessed to know Lauren and all that she stands for. I hope that at least one time in our lives that each of us can find the inner strength that Lauren finds each day."
It is with great sadness that Patch reports this news. We extend our condolences, love and support to all who knew and loved Lauren.
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