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Community Champion of the Week: Jess A. Corch Memorial Fund for Glioblastoma

Memorial funds are a great way to honor the memory of a loved one and celebrate a full life. Many families choose specific charities when a loved one dies. By establishing a memorial fund through the Luzerne Foundation, charitable giving decisions can wait until the family has time to consider how best to represent the passions and interests of their loved one.

Donations made to the Memorial Fund may be used to make grants to organizations registered as a 501(c)(3) public charity in Luzerne County and nationwide. Examples include:

• Places of worship

• Public library

• Schools

• Fine Arts

• Human service agencies

• Other non-profit organizations

That’s exactly what the Corch family did. Their story is not only inspiring; it makes a difference for those battling brain tumours.

On February 17, 2020, at the age of 64, Jess A. Corch lost her 15-month battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. According to the National Institute of Medicine, glioblastoma is the most common and deadliest brain tumor in adults, with an average survival rate of just 15 to 18 months, with treatment. To remember Jess, the family decided to raise funds for research.

The 1st Annual Jess A. Corch Glioblastoma Memorial Fund, a fund of the Luzerne Foundation, was held on June 27, 2020, which would have been Jess’ 65th birthday. As with everything else in 2020, the preparation for the 1st performance was difficult. Unsure if they could hold an in-person event or not, due to pandemic restrictions, they developed a website to have an online option. Fortunately, authorities lifted the restrictions and the on-site event took place on a rainy Saturday, and $5,000 was donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

On June 27, 2021, the Corch family held the 2nd annual benefit. The family decided to move the event to a Sunday with food vendors, more incentive prizes and a butterfly release. Attendance at events increased, as did fundraising efforts. To date, the American Brain Tumor Association has received $12,000.

The 3rd annual benefit is scheduled for June 26 at the Nescopeck Township Fire Station, 510 Zenith Road, Nescopeck, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The online event option has proven beneficial for attendees who cannot attend in person due to distance or other circumstances. It will be open from June 1 to June 25 at noon, on

If you would like to support the Jess A. Corch Memorial Fund for Glioblastoma, you can donate through the website listed below or by mail. If you’re like the Corch family and have a cause you care about and want to make a difference here in Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond, please give us a call at the Alfalfa Foundation.

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C. David Pedri is President and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation. This series of weekly columns is an advertising partnership between the Luzerne Foundation and the Times Leader. For more information about the organization, visit or call 570-822-2065.