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Boy with flesh-eating bacteria improving
MONROE - Trey Lauren is improving as he fights a flesh-eating disease at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
He has been at the hospital for almost three weeks and has undergone 13 surgeries on his right leg after he contracted necrotizing fasciitis in an accident.
He was moved out of the ICU on Monday, March 31, and late last week he stood with a walker for the first time to walk to his wheelchair. He also walked to a shower in the hospital.
Sources close to the family said that the bacteria is gone from his leg, and that all of last week, doctors were “sewing him back up.”
Trey’s father, Mark Lauren, confirmed via www.giveforward.com last week that “Trey is in good spirits and has been given the OK to stand in place if able.” 
His ultimate goal is getting back to playing baseball before the end of this season.
The community rallied for Trey late last month; about 100 people joined together to jump into Lake Tye to support the Hidden River Middle school student.
“Isn’t it great to see all of the kids, their families and school staff coming together for Trey,” Rosemary O’Neil, spokeswoman for the Monroe School District, said. “It is just another reminder of how great a community we live in where we truly do care and take care of each other.”
More than $15,000 has been raised on the “Pray for Trey” fundraising webpage to offset the family’s medical expenses, with 109 donations so far.
Another benefit event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 in Monroe.
A poker night fundraiser that includes a raffle and live auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 12 at the Monroe IOOF Hall, 610 Lewis St. Admission will be $10 and there is a $50 buy-in for the poker tournament.
“It’s just been amazing,” family friend Tamara Norton said of Trey’s improvement. “First, he was fighting for his life, then he was fighting to keep his leg, and now he’s fighting with the doctors and nurses to convince them to let him walk! He’s been joking with them, but is so determined. He’s persevered.”
People can keep up with Trey’s progress online at www.facebook.com/prayfortrey21.

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