Visionary Donors Share Hope with Brain Tumor Patients and Their Families

Even amid the uncertainty of a pandemic, philanthropic support for the Comprehensive Cancer Center was robust in 2020. The inspiring generosity of individual donors, along with corporate and foundation support, demonstrate a remarkable commitment to the Cancer Center’s mission and a reminder that the need for exceptional compassion and care did not pause during the global crisis.

Louie Niederhammer and his wife Teri have experienced cancer care during COVID-19 firsthand. He is being treated for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Traveling from Lenoir, N.C., for multiple surgery, radiation and chemotherapy appointments highlighted the need for patient aid, especially for those patients from rural N.C. counties.

A group of men and women wearing face masks and holding an oversized check stand in front of large windowsWanting to positively impact cancer patients and their families, the Niederhammers made an endowed gift to establish the Edelweiss Fund, named to honor Louie’s heritage and cancer journey. The fund will offer direct financial assistance to brain tumor patients in need from western N.C. and beyond. They then elected to make a companion gift to the fund through their estate.

“The care that Louie received inspired us to want to give back,” Teri said. “It’s exciting to know that the Edelweiss Fund will support brain tumor patients long into the future and that others can also contribute to the cause. We were happy to start the fund and hope that it will inspire others to also get involved.”

For information about how you can support the newly established Edelweiss Fund, offering direct support for neuro-oncology patients with demonstrated financial need, please contact Allison Brouillette at 336-716-2275 or