Leukemia Patient Receives Virtual Visit from Amy Poehler
A recent trip to Cook Children’s is one a young cancer patient may never forget. During a visit to have her blood cells counted prior to chemotherapy, 16-year-old Lauren Quintero had the chance to talk to ‘Parks and Recreation’ star Amy Poehler. The two chatted via a virtual visit over Zoom last week, which was made possible by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Lauren, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017, said Poehler was funny, encouraging and relatable. For about 40 minutes, the two talked about their families, favorite TikTok videos and staying at home during quarantine.
Since being diagnosed with cancer, avoiding germs and public places has become a part of life for Lauren. Poehler asked the teen if she had any advice for those of us who are struggling with the new changes in the world.
“You find the things that calm you down and relax you,” explained Lauren. “Spend time with your family, that’s what I do and it’s got me through some bad times.”
The teen also told Poehler about her dreams of becoming an anesthesiologist, which she attributes to her experience as a surgery patient at Cook Children’s.
“Medicine is so cool,” Poehler told Lauren during the chat. “I’ve talked to a lot of kids who have to go through a lot of procedures and they get interested in medicine because they have experience with it that a lot of young people don't, and they see how they could make a difference. It's really cool.”
Lauren asked Poehler questions about everything from her career path to what it’s like being an actress and comedian. She also asked Poehler what inspires her. Her answer: working mothers.
“Moms who have to work and raise kids, especially during these times. There’s a lot of mothers who are working hard,” Poehler said. “I’m also very inspired by health care workers who are in the trenches and can’t see their own families because they have to be safe. I’m very inspired by people who put their lives on the line, risk their lives for people.”
Last month, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals named Poehler a CHANGEMAKER, which is an exclusive list of celebrities, influencers, corporate leaders and advocates who have positively impacted children’s health. According to the organization, the individuals and groups named have made a difference in the health and well-being of children, specifically sick and injured children treated at children’s hospitals across North America.