Remembering L&C Student, Lauren Kelly

 

Photo from lc.edu Kelly was the first in the history of L&C’s Dental Hygiene program to be selected as a district student delegate to attend the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Annual Session.

Photo from lc.edu
Kelly was the first in the history of L&C’s Dental Hygiene program to be selected as a district student delegate to attend
the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Annual Session.

Hannah Auston
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On March 26, 2015, Lewis and Clark Community College student Lauren Michelle Kelly died at the age of 23, just months after completing her degree in Dental Hygiene.

Kelly was born with cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease that affects the mucous producing cells that become thick and clog the lungs.

Kelly accomplished many milestones throughout her life. At a young age, Kelly participated in softball, soccer, gymnastics and dance, but her greatest passion was riding and showing paint horses.

Kelly was named the winner of the American Junior Paint Horse Association Youth Member of the Year in the summer of 2010. From the age of 13, she also ran her own graphic design business named LMK Design, with several of her ads featured in various equine magazines.

As her health began to decline, Kelly shifted her focus toward academics. In the summer of 2014, Kelly was the first in the history of L&C’s Dental Hygiene program to be selected as a district student delegate to attend the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Annual Session.

Photo submitted by Debbie Kelly Lauren Kelly models her dental loupes while in the clinic

Photo submitted by Debbie KellyLauren Kelly models her dental loupes while in the clinic 

Kelly graduated from L&C’s Dental Assisting program in May 2013, the Dental Hygiene program in December 2014 and was president of her class. She was also a peer mentor to many students throughout the two programs.

“Lauren was a natural leader. She did everything she could to lead and she was excited about becoming a professional,” L&C Dental Program Coordinator Chris Hallstead said.

Photo from L&C Flickr Dental Assisting Academic Excellence Awards were presented to Eve Beaumont, Bailey Braun, Sharise Bryan, Stephanie Bushby, Samantha Chappell, Kara Garrott, Lauren Kelly, Autumn Stalf and Lauren Woodson at the 36th Annual Honors Banquet in 2013.

Photo from L&C Flickr
Dental Assisting Academic Excellence Awards were presented to Eve Beaumont, Bailey Braun, Sharise Bryan, Stephanie Bushby, Samantha Chappell, Kara Garrott, Lauren Kelly, Autumn Stalf and Lauren Woodson at the 36th Annual Honors Banquet in 2013.

After graduating from the Dental Hygiene program, Kelly posted on Jan. 14 via Facebook, “Education is something no one can ever take away from you. This road has been long and hard, but it has also been rewarding. I am so happy to be able to put a few extra letters behind my name. ‪#‎RDH‬

Some feel that diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, would define who they are as a person, but Kelly lived her life proving otherwise.

To learn more about CF or how you can get involved to make a change, visit cff.org.

 

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