Battling Bruin: Lauren

Posted August 2017

When nominated as a Battling Bruin in 2016, I was fighting cancer and performing the balancing act between being a UCLA undergraduate student and Ronald Reagan patient.

Today, I am cancer-free and living life to the fullest. The moment I finished treatment, I wanted to do anything and everything my body allowed. In the last year, I have backpacked through Japan, white water kayaked with cancer survivors, applied to graduate school and much more! Currently, I am working at Insure the Uninsured Project, a nonprofit that advances creative and workable policy solutions that expand healthcare access and improve the health of Californians through policy-focused research. I enjoy being a part of helping more Californians get insured through health policy research!

I accepted an offer from UCLA for the concurrent degree master’s program. In fall 2017, I will be a candidate for a master’s in public health and a master’s in social welfare while studying the emotional, social and spiritual needs of cancer patients with the intent of working in an integrative cancer center. I look forward to the title of “Double Bruin!"

UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center literally saved my life, and the UCLA Institute of Society and Genetics gave me the passion to pursue public health and social services. UCLA has granted me the opportunity to follow my dreams, and for that, I am forever grateful for the supportive Bruin family. Go Bruins!

See Lauren's original Battling Bruin story here.

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