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Jonathan Beech's parents, Martin, left, and Donna, the orchestra's conductor, during the fifth annual Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert held at Kennett High School.
The fifth annual Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert held last month at Kennett High School, Kennett Square, PA, benefitted the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and the SuperSibs! Program. This program provides free, ongoing emotional support to siblings of children with cancer. Donations to date have totaled more than $8,000 and have been given in honor of Jonathan.
Jonathan Martin Beech passed away on March 10, 2007, just after he turned 15-years-old, following a four-year battle with brain cancer. Throughout that time, he faced his ordeal with great courage and, when options ran out, he accepted his fate with peace and serenity. Near the end of his illness, he voiced his concern about not being able to thank everyone who had helped him during this journey.
The annual concert serves to fulfill his wish by using music, one of Jonathan’s special gifts (he was a pianist, cellist, singer, and budding composer), to help raise funds.
Each year, the contributions go to a different organization that helped Jonathan and his family during the last four years of his life. Nemours is pleased and proud to have been this year’s beneficiary.