Fund Helps People with Eczema

(July 2016) The Jonathan A. Dahlgren Eczema Fund has been established at the Allegany County Area Foundation by the family of Denis and Colleen Dahlgren. The earnings from this endowment fund will benefit the National Eczema Association (NEA) to help them carry out their mission. This organization is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support, and education.

“We were looking for a way to remember our son that would help people who suffer from severe eczema as Jon did. Being able to help others with this disease year after year seemed like a perfect way to honor our son.” stated Denis Dahlgren. “We encourage other families who face the constant challenges of eczema to seek help from the National Eczema Association.” More information about the NEA can be found on their web site at:

Throughout his whole life Jon had suffered from very severe eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that is suffered by 10 to 20% of the world’s population. Jon lived with the challenges of constant, unbearable itching, scabbing, visible rashes on his body and even bleeding. There is currently no cure for this condition, although there are treatments that may help to alleviate the itchy symptoms.

Jonathan A. Dahlgren will be remembered by his family and friends as a very kind and caring young man. At the age of 26 Jon died on October 5, 2011 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident. At the time he was living in Syracuse while searching for his career job.

Many will remember Jon as an avid sports fan, forever loyal to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the Buffalo Bills. He played volleyball and tennis while in high school and enjoyed many wonderful vacations with his family on the water in Northern New York. Jon was also a member of the National Honor Society in high school. After Jon graduated from Wellsville High School he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University.

For more information on how you can create a legacy for a loved one through the Allegany County Area Foundation, please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: Please visit our Donate page if you would like to support one of our funds.