Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Meredith Reynolds Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research

Meredith Reynolds lived an extraordinary life. She was exceptional in so many ways: scholar, collegiate athlete, lawyer, child advocate, community activist, mentor, counselor, friend, knitter, wife, and mother. At her core, Meredith was a “schoolie” and worked tirelessly to help children. In every leadership role she held, she started a discussion by asking, “What is best for the child?”

Meredith passed away on Feb 24, 2021 following a short battle with cancer, during which she fought like the “warrior chick” she was, according to her husband, Tom Reynolds.

Meredith Reynolds Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
Meredith Reynolds with her daughters Alex (left) and Brittany (right) at a friend’s wedding.

In her last days, the only request Meredith made was, ” I want to give money to childhood cancer research. I don’t want any child to go through this.” The Reynolds Family, and the many people Meredith touched, are honored to support her wishes by creating the Meredith Reynolds Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research with Pasadena Community Foundation, which will honor Meredith’s and the Reynolds’ family wishes by using careful research to direct funds to organizations that support childhood cancer research.

Meredith’s husband Tom remembers that “Meredith never stopped sharing her wisdom, humor, sparkle, and love until the day she left us. She was brave, kind, thoughtful, and strong throughout her fight and often reflected on what a beautiful life she had.” He points out that this perspective was not a new one for her. “This is how she lived, reminding her family with the toast in their last days with her, ‘enjoy every day, in every way.’”

Meredith’s family encourages her friends and loved ones to “get to work!” to fulfill her wish and “spread her sparkle” with a gift to her foundation. On each birthday, Meredith celebrated by saying, “I am grateful for another year,” so her family has set as a goal $67,000 raised in honor of each of those precious years.

Meredith Reynolds Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
At left, Tom and Meredith Reynolds with, son Jim and his wife Lecie Venson, and daughters Alex and Brittany Reynolds. At right, Tom and Meredith playing ukuleles for the holidays in Old Pasadena.


Created June 2021

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