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Lauren Wilmot

$73,057.98 (raised so far)

About Lauren Wilmot

If courage is grace under fire, there is no person who embodies the spirit of courage more than Lauren Wilmot. Just one week before her 17th birthday, Lauren was diagnosed with Atypical Choroid Plexus Papilloma, and so began her indefatigable battle with a particularly insidious central nervous system disease.

Despite a frightening diagnosis, multiple surgeries, and taxing chemotherapy and radiation regimes, Lauren refused to allow the disease to define her life. She remained enrolled full-time in Springbank Community High School in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, and graduated with distinctive honours in 2012, after an incredibly challenging year. She successfully applied to pursue a degree from the Sauder School of Business, and moved to Vancouver in the fall of her graduating year.

Growing up in White Rock, BC imparted on Lauren a strong affinity for the ocean, and enrolling at UBC helped her reconnect with her West Coast roots. Her first year was typical of any business student. She lived in Caribou House in Vanier Residence, where she made some excellent friends and future roommates. She studied hard, went to parties, hung out at the beach, explored Vancouver, and further developed her innate sense of independence. She bore her struggle privately, and most who knew her then were completely unaware she was coping with anything out of the ordinary.

Lauren had a competitive spirit and true passion for sports. Throughout school, she was a setter on the Springbank volleyball team, and was involved in club volleyball with the Cochrane Jaguars. She was also an avid soccer and badminton player, and ran track and field. Being active was a major part of Lauren’s life, whether it was in organized sports or skiing and hiking with her family. In the summer, she loved swimming and horseback riding.

Lauren loved to travel and eagerly sought out opportunities for personal growth. In high school she participated in a language exchange program in France, where she lived for a month in Grenoble. She also volunteered in Botswana with Habitat for Humanity, and travelled extensively around Western Europe with her family. While extremely tough and always up for adventure, Lauren also had an appreciation for the finer things in life, especially food and cooking.

While Lauren’s life was cut short by her illness, she made an enormous impact on those lucky enough to count themselves among her friends and family. She had a remarkable ability to see the world through a wide range of perspectives; a talent that made her a natural peacemaker and negotiator. Her extraordinary capacity for empathy, despite her own challenges, made her a generous friend and skilled listener. No one’s problems were trivial to Lauren.

Lauren was an immensely kind, compassionate young woman with a quick wit and dry sense of humor. Her incredible capacity to endure adversity will live on in the memory of those fortunate enough to have known her.

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The impact of your support

In honour of her memory and her enormous courage, fortitude and heart, the Lauren Wilmot Memorial Award will be established at the Sauder School of Business. The award will support undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Gifts to this fund will pay tribute to the lasting positive impact that Lauren has had on family members, friends and community by supporting students who have shown exemplary commitment to their studies and who are experiencing significant adversity in their life. Recipients will be active in community and extra-curricular programs and will embody Lauren’s kind and compassionate nature and inner strength.

Messages of Remembrance

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  • Dear Lauren, You left us too soon but you made a beautiful, indelible mark on so many of us. I remember your poise and grace at We Day Vancouver in the fall of 2014 when you participated with enthusiasm and such positive energy despite your own challenges. You will be missed and your memory will live on in the heavens and the stars of a sparkling night sky. You are free now, soar high! With love, Gregg and Debb

    Gregg Saretsky, Family friend
  • Dear Wilmot Family, We recall our introduction upstairs at the Glencoe Club as the four of us watched below our youngsters scurry and smash around the courts exploring a potential new sporting endeavour together under the skilled master Chanrong. I remember young Lauren to be graceful of spirit and determined on court. That moment seems a lifetime ago. Although Connor graduated with Lauren and Drew the year after, we were only aware of the fact that your family and Lauren were on a journey involving a health challenge and that you had chosen to approach his with privacy. Both Connor and Drew were concerned then of course and you have remained in our prayers, as you all are now. We were saddened to hear of Lauren's passing but uplifted to read the beautiful tribute on this page -- what an impressive woman. We hope that your fondest memories will comfort you along with the love and sympathy we and so many others send with great care today.

    Sue & Geoff Mackey, Badminton
  • To the Wilmot Family - Our daughter, Kate, played badminton with Lauren when they were both in Junior High. Lauren’s spirit was undeniable and her natural athletic ability was immediately obvious to all of us. But, what my husband and I were most struck by were Lauren’s natural poise, radiant smile, and how very proud her parents were of their beautiful daughter. Our prayers are with all of you…Kate & Scott MacFarlane, & Laurie Tamagi

    Laurie Tamagi, Acquaintance of family through sports
  • The immense sorrow of Lauren’s passing is deeply felt by our entire family. With her journey cut short she has left a large chasm of sadness filled only with the recollections of what an incredibly special young woman she was. Our many memories of Lauren are all of happier and more carefree times – we will cherish them forever.

    Anna, Ron, Kendra, Caitlin Schindler, Friends of Lauren and the Wilmot family
  • To the best person I'll ever know. I love and miss you more than I can say. "Things aren't all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered." - Ranier Maria Rilke

    Claire Wilmot, Sister
  • To our darling daughter, It is a year since you have left us and there isn't a minute that goes by that you are not thought of. Thank you for a wonderful twenty and a half years. Life has changed forever not having you with us but we are forever grateful for the time we did have. You touched so many lives just by being you. Your warmth, kindness, compassion, strength, sense of humour, grace and positive outlook is remembered by all. We had the best family anyone could ask for. You enriched the lives of everyone you met and always left a lasting impression. We are sorry you had to go through all you did; it all seems so unfair. We are so proud of you and all that you accomplished in your life. Thank you for being such a wonderful daughter and for making our lives so much fuller. Your loving parents forever. Carol and Marshall Wilmot

    Carol and Marshall Wilmot, Parents
  • To my best friend, Today would have been your 23rd birthday. We would have celebrated our combined birthdays together, with Lara, just as we have since we met. It is hard knowing that for every coming year there will always be an empty void that nothing can fill. But, we will continue to celebrate, and to remember the incredible memories we had together. We remember your strength, your bravery and courage, but most importantly your heart and the incredible kindness you displayed to everyone you met. I carry your heart with me Laur and I miss you more than words can say. Happy birthday, my girl.

    Alanna Tinney, Roommate
  • We love you and miss you so much Lauren. Love, Mom and Dad

    Carol and Marshall Wilmot, Mother and Father
List of Donors
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  • Tim and Sue Grant

  • Jodi Gould

  • Kendra Schindler Minz & Elliot Minz

  • Eric & Julie Howling

  • Jacqueline Brezovski

  • Jodi Gould

  • Anonymous Donation

  • Julie & Eric

  • Tim+Sue Grant

  • Marshall, Carol, Claire Wilmot

  • Jacquie Brezovski

  • Eric and Julie Howling

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