FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is Lauren Beam?
Lauren Beam was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a coach, and an athlete of extraordinary ability. She touched numerous lives and excelled at everything she did. Lauren was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2009 and passed away on September 10, 2011.
What is The Lauren Beam Foundation?
The Lauren Beam Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young women and men battling cancer, providing financial relief to individuals and families, funding promising cancer-related research, and inspiring individuals to lead healthy and active lives.
How will we accomplish our goals?
We want to make our dent in the fight against cancer by making a huge impact in the lives of individuals at the front lines of their battle. The Lauren Beam Foundation was created knowing, first hand, the significant impact that can be made on a daily basis for individuals battling cancer. We want to find people who embody the passion, health, and tenacity of Lauren in some way, and help fund resources that we know will make an immediate impact in their lives during their battle or recovery.
What is Team Beam?
Team Beam is the name given to the group of fans and supporters of Lauren and The Lauren Beam Foundation. Everyone who supports The Lauren Beam Foundation is a member of Team Beam.
Is The Lauren Beam Foundation a 501(c)(3) charity?
Yes! The Lauren Beam Foundation is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Is my donation tax deductible?
All donations to The Lauren Beam Foundation are tax deductible.
I missed the run, but can I still donate money anyway?
Absolutely! And thank you! You may donate money here.
Why should I donate money to, or fundraise for, a foundation named in honor of someone I didn’t know?
For the same reasons we’re doing this: because you have been affected by cancer in some way; because you want to be part of a community and support a good cause; because small things we do can make a meaningful difference in other people’s lives.
Where will my money go?
The money you donate will always be thoughtfully spent on programs and gifts meant to immediately impact the day to day life of an identified recipient and his/her family. To date we have distributed $33,000 to 7 deserving individuals battling cancer. More about the people we’ve helped can be found here.
Can I start a running event in my hometown to raise money?
You can start a running event, a swim event, a cycling event, or any other fundraising opportunity for The Lauren Beam Foundation here. Crowdrise will allow you to fundraise for one of our events or create your own fundraiser. The Lauren Beam Foundation is dependent on individuals raising money in Lauren’s name, and incredibly grateful for the support the Team Beam community has provided.
Do you have a Facebook page?
We do! You can find us here. Please Post, Like, and Share!
What about Twitter?
You can find us on Twitter at @TeamBeamLBF. Tweet about us and include hashtags #teambeam and #thelaurenbeamfoundation