Compassion for patients and families

Lauren and Michael Kutzscher

Lauren Kutzscher was diagnosed when she was 24 with a stage 4 Ewing’s sarcoma in the bones of her thigh that had spread to her lungs. Pictured here with her brother Michael during her treatment, she says a key reason she and her family chose Stanford was that we understood that “healing isn’t just taking medicines, it’s having your family and friends around you and being happy and comfortable.”

Lauren was determined to “get better so I could become a doctor and give back in some way.” After a year of treatment, she finished her master’s degree in global health at UCSF and is now a medical student at UC Davis.