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Melissa Legare Brown, a Boon Project supporter from the very beginning, a Boon Project Board Member for many years, and a loyal loving friend to many in our organization, unexpectedly passed away on October 23, 2020. 

​In addition to her dedicated service and support to The Boon Project's mission of serving young adults fighting cancer, she was also an educator in the Charleston area who had a strong and lasting impact on her students with her creativity and passion for education.

​For these reasons, The Boon Project, along with funds lovingly given in her memory by friends and family and a generous gift from her parents, Dan and Gloria Legare, has established the Melissa Legare Brown Memorial Scholarship in her honor.

​The annual scholarship given through The Boon Project benefits a young adult who has faced cancer or a child of a parent who faced cancer as a young adult around the Lowcountry to pursue further education or career training after completing high school.

Drake Pugh, a Senior at Northwood Academy, was named the third annual scholarship recipient at The Boon Project's 6th Annual Boon Gala and Auction on March 24, 2023. Both of Drake's parents faced young adult cancer. His father was diagnosed with Thymic Carcinoma at age 33 and passed away after five years of facing the disease. His mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35. She is currently doing well. Drake plans to attend USC Beaufort in the fall to study nursing. 

​To give a gift to The Boon Project's Melissa Legare Brown Memorial Scholarship fund click here and add a comment specifying that you would like your gift to be given to this fund. You could also send a check to The Boon Project, 149 Fall Creek Blvd, Summerville, SC 29483 specifying the gift to the Melissa Legare Brown Memorial Scholarship fund.

Scholarship Recipients:

2023: Drake Pugh, Northwood Academy

2022: Faith McLeod, Coker University 

2021: Emma Black, Clemson University Graduate School 


Melissa Legare Brown, her husband Kyle, and original "Boonie" Susan at Boon Project events through the years,

Drake Pugh was named the third annual recipient of the Melissa Legare Brown Memorial Scholarship. He is currently a Senior at Northwood Academy in Summerville, SC.

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