Since before starting kindergarten, Laura has written and illustrated stories. “Run to the Light,” a memoir about her sister’s brave battle against Batten disease, is her first book. A passionate advocate for the rare disease community, Laura co-founded a non-profit organization, Taylor’s Tale, at age 24. Today, Taylor’s Tale is one of the world’s leading voices in the fight against rare disease.

Born and raised in Charlotte, Laura earned an English degree with a creative writing minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A retired soccer player turned avid runner, she’s happiest under a blue sky and wants to hike in every national park. She loves to travel, but she always finds her way home.