Lindsey Lourenco

Lindsey's family has created a tribute page in her memory. If you are looking for Lindsey's Journey, please visit her tribute page.

Tony was touched by what he saw on a tour of BC Children's Hospital and he was reminded how thankful he and his wife, Darlene, were that their 12-year-old twin daughters, Lindsey and Sadie, had always been healthy. A few weeks later, he and his family left on a much-anticipated trip to Portugal.

Upon arrival, Lindsey became sick and over the course of their holiday she developed an unusually high fever and lost an alarming amount of weight. Tests at a local hospital confirmed the family's worst nightmare. Lindsey had cancer and needed to begin treatment immediately.

Tony recalled his tour of BC Children's Hospital's Oncology Unit just a few weeks earlier and he knew it was where his daughter needed to be.

After two long years of chemotherapy at Children's, Lindsey's health began to improve but her battle wasn't over yet. Subsequent tests revealed devastating news that her cancer had returned. This time Lindsey would need a bone marrow transplant to save her life. With no suitable matches found in the family an anonymous donor was needed.

The next 10 months were painful and the side effects numerous, but Lindsey's health steadily improved. With her cancer now in remission, she looks forward to graduating high school and inspired by those who have helped her becoming a pediatric nurse someday.

This past January, Lindsey's cancer returned. After six years of fighting this aggressive disease, on March 14, 2013, Lindsey passed away; she was just 18.

Our thoughts are with her family and the many people who, like us, are this morning feeling the loss of this bright light. We are grateful for what Lindsey and her family have shared with us, and for the positive impact that they have had on the services provided by BC Children’s Hospital and on the many families who seek care for their children here.