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Celebrate a life.



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Remember a loved one… help save a life.

Celebrate a Life donations continue to make critical medical advances possible while allowing for donors to pay tribute to someone special in their life or the memory of someone who is no longer with them.

When an individual is diagnosed with a serious medical condition, quality health care becomes a priority. Celebrate a Life donations help make neurosurgical medical advancements possible to help those in need while honoring those whose memories continue to live on.

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) was established in 1980 as a response to the alarming rate of federal and private funding being pulled for medical research. The NREF is dedicated to supporting groundbreaking neurosurgical research. Through the NREF, extraordinary advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and improved patient care.

Through voluntary public donations, important research impacting the lives of those suffering from epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, spinal disorders, sports-related brain injuries, lower back pain and Parkinson’s disease have been funded. Continuing support of the NREF is critical to the discovery of the tomorrow’s neurosurgical breakthroughs.

A donation in the name of someone close to you will allow the NREF to continue providing research grants to the brightest, most talented young physicians, determined to uncover critical advances in the field of neurosurgery… determined to save lives.

Celebrate a Life with a gift to the NREF in the name of a friend or loved one. Click here or contact us at 847.378.0500 or via email at info@nref.org if you have inquiries regarding planned gifts, bequests, stock transfers or general donations. To recognize a neurosurgical mentor, please visit the Honor Your Mentor page for more information about donations.

Other Ways to Give

  • The NREF has partnered with Legacy.com to assist individuals and families in directing memorial donations to the NREF. Please consult with a funeral director or include the NREF as the designated charity in an obituary.
  • Support the NREF when you shop. Register with iGive.com or AmazonSmile and designate the NREF as the chosen charity. iGive.com has over 1,700 online stores available, and the NREF receives a donation whenever you shop via their website. By using Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the price of selected items will be donated to the NREF at no additional cost to you. 







    Click here for information on how iGive.com works.



    Click here for information on AmazonSmile.
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