About Laura

Laura Hinz CopelandLaura Hinz Copeland (Laurie) wore many hats in her short life and will be remembered as being many things to each of us. She is our daughter. She is our sister. She is the loving mother of three children. She was a St. Louis resident, a graduate of St. Louis Community College and a talented court reporter. Unfortunately, she was also the victim of a rare type of cancer–Ewing Sarcoma.

When Laura was 28 years old and working as a court reporter, she developed shoulder pain which she believed to be work related. When the pain continued, Laura visited her doctor. After a series of tests, she was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma on November 15, 2002–just one day before her 29th birthday.

Laura's tumor was initially localized to her scapula, or the shoulder blade. After undergoing surgery to remove this bone and replace it with a titanium prosthesis, Laura underwent a series of radiation and chemotherapy. GraduationShe subsequently underwent an autologous stem cell transplant, a process in which a patient's own stem cells are collected and stored, then re-infused after a series of high-dose chemotherapy.

With the love and support of her family and friends and a strong faith in God, Laura bravely fought and never lost hope. Despite these measures, her cancer continued to spread, and she succumbed to the disease on October 21, 2004–less than one month before her 31st birthday.