Lauren M. Fitzgerald
Memorial Fund for Brain Tumor Research
fund was established in memory of Lauren Fitzgerald, who died
at age 20 from a primary brain tumor - a grade 3 anaplastic oligodendroglioma.
The tumor was diagnosed while Lauren, age 19, was a freshman student
at Drexel University, majoring in interior design. Lauren underwent
two (2) surgeries, in May and June, 2004 to remove tumor mass. Shortly
after the surgeries, she began a chemotherapy regimen that proved ineffective.
During a leave of absence from Drexel in early 2005, Lauren's tumor grew
back aggressively. She was hospitalized locally in June, 2005, then
transported to Duke University Hospital in July for additional surgery. She
died on July 18, 2005, after doctors determined that she would not benefit
from another surgery.
Lauren's final wish to be an organ donor was honored in the days that followed.
Her heart, lungs, kidneys and liver provided five (5) people with the opportunity
to continue living full, active lives.
Lauren Michele Fitzgerald
Lauren's fund is
managed by the Berks County Community Foundation, a
fully-accredited, non-profit, IRS 501(c)(3) approved
charitable organization. Contributions made to the this fund are fully
Fund makes an annual grant for research to the American Brain Tumor
Contributions should be made payable to:
Berks County Community Foundation
PO Box 212
501 Washington St., Suite 801
Reading, PA 19603-0212
Phone: 610.685.2223 - Fax: 610.685.2240 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a note designating the Lauren Fitzgerald Memorial
Fund for Brain Tumor Research as the intended beneficiary.
For a description of Lauren's fund for brain tumor research, click here.