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Business owner didn’t let cancer steal her dreams

Valley Sleep Center has been named  the 2011 Business of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce during the 24th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon.

Valley Sleep Center was one of 10 finalists vying for the award. Four companies also received chamber awards for outstanding achievement in community involvement, company culture, innovation and response to adversity.

Lauri Leadley, President of Valley Sleep Center, was inspired to start her own sleep clinic after her own struggle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.   Just after she started her business, and while she was pregnant with her third child, Lauri was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer: Burkitt’s lymphoma.  She was told that unless she go through chemotherapy immediately she would surely die, but that chemotherapy would endanger the life of the child growing in her womb.  Doctors advised her to terminate her pregnancy.  Lauri remembered the message that she had heard at church one Sunday, “You’ll never have joy in life without taking risks.” And so with much prayer, she and her husband decided to go ahead with chemotherapy while pregnant.

A few months later, after many rounds of chemotherapy. Lauri gave birth to a healthy baby boy.  Ironically, it was on the same day as Lauri’s own birthday.   She continued her treatments, and also continued working on growing her business.

It was not easy, as anyone who was around Lauri at the time can attest.  However, Lauri’s faith, persistence, and determination paid off .  Now, 18 years later, Lauri is cancer free and Valley Sleep Center is one of the largest sleep disorder testing and treatment centers in Arizona treating over 6,000 patients per year.

About Valley Sleep Center

Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center has provided Arizona with a diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients.  Their physicians are Board Certified sleep Medicine specialists and are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  They provide diagnostic testing for a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleep walking and pediatric sleep problems.

They have five locations in the Phoenix area including Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, and Chandler.  For more information visit www.valleysleepcenter.com.

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Client Reviews

"Great staff, they make you feel so at home. Every medical facility should be this nice. Felt like a nice hotel. Someone has great taste in decorating. Thanks for making us feel at home."

Steve N.

San Diego, CA

"I recommend them highly!! I took my 2 year old daughter for a sleep study and was very impressed. Our sleep technician was amazing with her, very patient and kind. The DVD we brought to watch while getting her hooked up got stuck in the TV and they vowed to return it. We got a call the next day checking on our daughter and saying how sweet she was, they mentioned the DVD. Several days later, we received the DVD plus a new copy of the Lion King with a nice note. They are very good at what they do and if they can make a 2 year old feel at ease, they can probably do the same with anyone!!"

Anthea S.

Tempe, AZ

"I was especially impressed with Andrew the Respiratory Therapist who reviewed my study with me and answered my questions. Andrew thoroughly explained everything about the Cpap machine-from start to finish. I never felt rushed and was assured I could contact him with any additional questions or needs. Andrew told me he would follow up with a call in a week and he did. I believe this center performed the study appropriately and the added benefit of having Andrew teach me about the machine and what to expect was a bonus."

Candace M.

Scottsdale, AZ