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The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund, Inc. aka Morgan’s Fund


Morgan’s Fund is an all-volunteer, public charity dedicated to Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). Our mission is to promote public awareness about NEC and the potentially devastating effects it can have on preemies and their families, and to advance research to prevent, diagnose, treat and ultimately cure NEC. Our vision: Zero NEC.

Who Do You Serve?

NEC occurs in approximately 25,000 babies per year in the United States (Source: APSA). Morgan’s Fund, through our support of research, hopes to change the lives of the smallest and most vulnerable babies who have the greatest risk for developing NEC.

Brief History

Morgan’s Fund is solely dedicated NEC, an inflammatory disease predominately of prematurity that leads to necrosis (death) of the intestine. Named after Morgan, it celebrates his survival, courage and strength. Morgan and his twin brother were born at 28 weeks, one day gestation—nearly three months early—each weighing less than 2.5 pounds. At four days old, Morgan developed NEC and lost approximately 20% of his small intestine. Morgan not only survived but has also thrived since his bout with NEC. This is his family’s way of paying it forward.

Proudest Accomplishment

The IRS awarded Morgan’s Fund our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status on June 26, 2014 , effective as of our inception on February 14, 2012.

Greatest Need

As a newly-awarded public charity, our greatest need is financial support by way of donations, sponsorships and corporate partnerships so that we can accelerate many of Morgan’s Fund’s initiatives in support of our mission.

Future Plans

In honor of World Prematurity Day, Morgan’s Fund is hosting our inaugural event. “An Affair to RememBeer” will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, CT. Tickets are now available through Eventbrite. Our goal is to fund our first grant by the year’s end.

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