Memorial Fund Established in Tibbetts' Memory

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Mollie Tibbetts' family has created a memorial fund in her name to benefit Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Since the fund began at the hospital, more than 270 people have donated over $20,000.

"We are incredibly thankful to everyone who has contributed to Mollie’s fund,” said Laura Calderwood, Mollie’s mother. “Mollie was pursuing her dream of becoming a child psychologist at the UI. She was incredibly generous in her life, so it is fitting that her name will live on by benefiting others.”

The fund will support the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, which provides patients with mental health services provided by psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals to care for children and adolescents.

University of Iowa Vice President of Student Life Melissa Shivers said, “Mollie gave back in many ways as a member of the university community, including participating in Dance Marathon and helping patients at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital."

Calderwood said she's grateful to everyone who has shown love for Mollie by contributing and reaching out.

"Thank you for exhibiting the values Mollie cherished – kindness and generosity," Calderwood said.

Tibbetts vanished while out for a run in Brooklyn on July 18.

The search for Tibbetts lasted for more than a month and drew national attention.

A  24-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in August after he allegedly stabbed Tibbetts to death.

You can donate to the fund by CLICKING HERE.