People gathered in Holyoke Friday night to support Lauren Meizo, the Chicopee woman who recently returned home after a heart and kidney transplant.
The Waterfront Tavern hosted the “Fighting for Lauren” benefit with live music, a silent auction, and raffle. Lauren was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for months until a compatible donor heart and kidney were found.
Lauren returned home 11 days ago, and Friday night marked a major milestone for her. She told 22News, “I get sick very easily. So I have to keep my distance. This is actually the first time in seven months that I’ve been somewhere besides my house and the hospital, so this is a big deal. I almost started crying in the car on the way here.”
Lauren’s mom, Lynne Robitaille told 22News, “To see her out here with all these people is unbelievable. she said to me I don’t know if I’m going to survive the whole night. I said you survived surgery, you can survive this”
Lauren has physical and occupational therapy ahead, and Friday night’s event will help chip away at her medical costs both before and since her transplant.