meighan mccarthy johansen hope fund

Meighan McCarthy Johansen passed away on February 28, 2013, at the age of 29 from a nearly two year courageous battle with cervical cancer.  The McCarthy family was blessed with an outpouring of generosity from family, friends, and community members during Meighan’s radiation and chemotherapy treatments at Methodist Hospital in Omaha and during the experimental therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and when Meighan passed away, Deb and Jerry knew they wanted to honor their eldest daughter’s memory by giving back to the community that had offered them so much love and support.

Jerry and Deb initially considered a scholarship in Meighan’s name since she was a teacher, however, after learning about PCCF and meeting with staff to discuss their options, they decided to create the Meighan McCarthy Johansen Hope Fund - a donor advised fund - in 2014. Jerry and Deb liked how flexible, convenient, and simple it was to meet their goal of creating a larger impact in our community.

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"The Donor Advised Fund enables us to take a personal approach to giving by supporting a variety of nonprofit organizations centered around children and education. Our partnership with PCCF has been extremely rewarding. We appreciate the knowledge and support of their staff in enabling us to keep Meighan’s memory alive, while supporting worthy organizations that impact children’s lives."

- Deb McCarthy