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Beech Memorial Concert

Jonathan Beech Memorial Concert Raises Money for Nemours

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington
Jonathan Beech's parents.

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.

Jonathan Beech

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.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.