Lauren Costabile is a young, dynamic Catholic speaker who hopes to use her gifts and talents to inspire others and make this world a brighter place.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Lauren is the founder of Hearts of Joy International, a non profit that provides life saving heart surgery for children with Down syndrome in countries where families can’t afford medical care. Due to poverty and lack of resources in developing worlds, children are not given access to proper medical care. After traveling to Uganda, East Africa and seeing the need first hand and witnessing how individuals with Down syndrome are disregarded and seen as a burden to society, Lauren was inspired to start a program to help. Not only does Hearts of Joy International provide this necessary medical care, but they are deeply committed to supporting and educating parents and families on the inherent dignity and value of their child.
Lauren is a fierce advocate for those with Down syndrome and shares about the beauty and dignity of every life and how those with disabilities bring so much joy to our world. Lauren speaks about the importance of a personal relationship with God and shares her YES in following His will to serve those with Down syndrome.
“We are all God’s beloved children, fearfully and wonderfully made. God makes no mistakes. We all have extreme value and purpose. We each play an important role in God’s plan for humanity. He has created you with a mission that only you can fulfill. Your YES has the power to change the world.”
She talks about her mission and the freedom found in total surrender to God’s will and encourages all to say YES to where God is leading, for that is where true joy and fulfillment is found. Her powerful witness will give audiences a deeper appreciation for God’s love in their lives and help them to discover the joy found in serving others.
Lauren has traveled across the world speaking at numerous events, Dioceses, Parishes and Conferences across the United States, India, the Philippines and Uganda. She is also featured in the Array of Hope Concert which tours the US evangelizing through witness and music. She has been featured on EWTN, Sirius XM the Catholic Channel, The Net TV, Catholic TV, Real Faith TV and Relevant Radio.