Lauren M. Fitzgerald Memorial Fund for Brain Tumor Research

This 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 tax deductible. 

The Fund makes an annual grant for research to the American Brain Tumor Association.

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:

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.