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The DeKalb County Community Foundation is honored to announce the Friends of Jon Fund, created as a lasting tribute to the life and legacy of Jon Wrenn. Jon’s siblings created the Donor Advised Fund to continue his generous spirit of caring for others, especially those who are often dismissed or not seen.
Jon experienced a life-changing traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident just days before his high school graduation in 1988. Despite the dramatic change this brought to Jon’s life, he managed to live a relatively full and active life. And while he certainly had his own challenges and struggles, he always found a way to focus on and care about others around him.
The mission of the Friends of Jon Fund is to enhance the lives of those living with a traumatic brain injury. After Jon’s accident, family and friends donated and raised money to create a trust fund to help enrich Jon’s life. This gave Jon the financial ability to travel, seek out adventure, and enjoy the fun things in life. The intent of the original trust fund lives on in the Friends of Jon Fund by supporting nonprofits that work with people affected by traumatic brain injuries by bringing them more opportunities for fun and recreation.
The Friends of Jon Fund was created by his siblings, Nancy, Pam, Jennifer, and Kent. “We are all so much better off for having Jon in our lives as he left an everlasting footprint in all our hearts,” his siblings said. “Jon lifted others with his charm, wit, and humor. His positive try and try again attitude and optimistic outlook inspired all who knew him. Through his example, Jon taught us what it looks like to live with grace and hope. We are honored to create this Fund in his memory to keep his adventurous spirit alive and ensure his legacy of love, kindness, and support for others lives on.”
“We are grateful to partner with the Wrenn family to manage this important charitable Fund, which will not only carry-on Jon’s story but will also make a difference in the lives of others affected by traumatic brain injury,” said Foundation Executive Director Dan Templin.
Donations to any Fund at the Community Foundation, including the Friends of Jon Fund, can be made online or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178. For questions or to start your own charitable Fund, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815- 748-5383 or email@example.com.