#GIVINGTUESDAY 2023 Campaign 11-1-23 thru 12-31st (YOGA Event on 11-28-23)

6:00 pm

November 28, 2023


December 31, 2023


Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday its GIVINGTUESDAY!   The Official Day is the 1st Tuesday after Thanksgiving 11-28-23 

What is #GivingTuesday?  An opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity to use our individual power of generosity to remain connected and help each other heal.  We can provide the financial, emotional and social support to nurture others (History of GivingTuesday ).

Mary E. Smith Foundation, Inc. will host a Yoga & Brain Tumor Awareness session at CorePower Yoga (South Loop) in Chicago! Join us for a FREE educational & yoga event led by Andrea G in recognition of this world wide day of giving!  (Click To REGISTER) OR (Click To DONATE)


Here are a few of our past MESF Scholars who’s parents were both affected by a brain tumor.  With your Giving Tuesday help, it is our hope to support families like these financially as they continue on their educational path.  Read their stories and more about this global day of giving below:

Natalie Zajczenko is one of our #GivingTuesday Book Scholarship Recipients.  She is a member of the brain tumor community because her mom had a meningioma tumor.    A meningioma is a tumor that forms on the membranes that cover the brain (called the meninges) and spinal cord just inside the skull.  Ninety percent of meningiomas are benign.  Natalie is a volunteer at Lurie Children’s Hospital, she was an AP Scholar with distinction at Lane Tech HS in Chicago, IL.  She is studying BioChemistry & Music at Case Western Reserve University and become a Medical Researcher.  Natalie wants to limit the impact of socioeconomic disparities caused by access to healthcare.


Katelynn Nguyen is also one of our #GivingTuesday Book Scholarship Recipients.  She is a member of the brain tumor community because her mother has an irremovable pilocytic astrocytoma. A pilocytic astrocytoma is a slow-growing type of brain tumor. The term “astro” or “astrocyte” comes from the name of the star-shaped cells from which these tumors develop. Katelynn does community service through Interact Club making baskets for cancer patients and supporting fundraisers.  She was a volleyball player and honor student at Hoffman Estates HS in IL.  She now attends Northwestern University in the Fall to become a biomedical engineer.