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Brian Howard: Lean on Me

Organized by: Friends of Brian Howard

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THE STORY:

Do you remember where you were on May 5, 2006? Probably caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life with your kids, family, and work? Brian and Marcia remember that day as anything but ‘normal’, it was the day Brian received his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis. A day that changed their future forever.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. You can learn more about the disease here.

The first nine years living with MS were manageable for Brian – yes, they required changes and adaptations; there were falls, injections, and learning about what was coming as the disease progressed.

That time is now. This last year has been one of serious and rapid progression of the disease that has caused significant quality-of-life challenges for Brian and his family. Mobility changes have taken away key elements of his independence – working, walking, driving, and general caring for himself. As of August, Brian is on disability from Oracle and spending his days putting definition around 'Brian Howard 2.0', welcoming daytime visitors and conversations, and occasionally binge watching Netflix.

In an effort to give Brian some of his independence and freedom back – a group of his friends are working to raise money to purchase a handicap accessible van that will include hand controls (which will allow Brian to drive again) and a ramp that he will be able operate on his own to get in and out of the van. It isn’t the macho SUV he dreamed of purchasing once the kids left the nest, but it will get him back into circulation, on his own! 

We know all too well how long and brutal Minnesota winters can be, especially confined to your home with no wheels – this is your opportunity to let Brian Lean on You and get him into a vehicle and out of the house before the snow flies. 'Brian Howard 2.0' is certain to be a force who will to continue to positively impact each of us and our communities.

We have all Leaned on Him over the years and been on the receiving end of his many gifts – in high school at Simley, at Mankato State University (often that was literal ‘leaning’), the Inver Grove Heights Planning Commission and City Council, Faithful Shepherd Catholic School (founding group of parents, Board chair, football coach, Septemberfest chair), as a beloved football coach and referee, at his church of St. Thomas Becket, at the kids high school – Cretin-Derham Hall, and professionally at Northern Telecom, multiple startups, a challenging stint at real estate development, and finally Oracle.

Won’t you take this opportunity to let Brian Lean on You?

The goal is to raise $75,000 to buy a handicap accessible van with hand controls/ramp and allow for Brian and Marcia to make modest accessibility modifications to their home. Brian is lucky that many of the things this new phase of the disease requires (mechanical wheelchair, easy stand to maintain muscle bearing ability, etc.) are covered by insurance – but the van and some home improvements (ie, handicap accessible bathroom) are not.

Prefer to send a check? Great, mail it to:

Lean on Me

PO Box 21024

Eagan, MN 55121

$92,775

 

124% Raised of $75,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $10,000

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Renee and Marty Martinson

     

  • Mike Saba family

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Linders

     

  • Suzanne and James Kenney

     

  • Jeff & Kelly Mertens

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Mark and Peggy Hoffman

     

  • Andy Biljan and Kayla Kassulker

     

  • The Buckinghams

     

  • Lori DeLong

     

  • Seipel family

    $100

  • The Rued Family

     

  • The Theisen's

    $100

  • Mike & Amy Webster

     

  • Joe Plante & Eric Neumann

     

  • Liz Wagner

     

  • Rocky and Lori Dehmlow

     

  • Matt and Erin Dalluge

     

  • John & Terry Mertens

     

  • Doris Athmann

     

  • Jamie and Brent Proulx

     

  • Lynn OShaughnessy

     

  • Jim & Staci Weber

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Craig and Lisa Thompson

    $250

  • Sharon and Thomas Hughes

     

  • Erik and Cathy Weis

     

  • David Moeller

     

  • Craig and Mary Johanns

     

  • Ben and Denise Mergens

     

  • The O'Wheelers

     

  • Tom and Colleen Traxler

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Carol and Vaughn Grannis

     

  • Darlene and Vance Grannis

     

  • Shelley Koloski and Tom Kelly

     

  • Janice

     

  • Jay & Patti Bertsch

    $100

  • Rob. Donna, Cassie & Max Remker

     

  • Mike, Andrea, Sydney and Tommy

     

  • Cathy Reardon

     

  • Scott & Rose Husaby

     

  • Jason and Lis Anderson

    $100

  • Kathy & Roger Hoffhein

     

  • Jim & Connie Walden

     

  • The Hinkles

     

  • Greg and Lisa Nelson

     

  • John and Nancy Bruggeman

     

  • Joann and James Duerre

     

  • Bruce Bauman

     

  • Jason Saji

     

  • Jeff Eichstadt

     

  • Jack and Barb Mertens

     

  • Wendy Anderson

     

  • Marguerite and Merlyn Sanders

     

  • James and Mary Lee Marshall

     

  • Timothy Fischer

     

  • Joe Downes

     

  • Jim, Lori, Ryan and Jamie Schumacher

     

  • Eric and Debi Tompkins

     

  • Lauren and Marianne Howard

     

  • Ruth (Miklya) LLerandi

    $100

  • Don & Ardi Roberts

     

  • Kris Kramer

     

  • Patrick Cleary

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mahowald/Meyer

     

  • Thomas Hoffman

     

  • Scott and Sherri Lindemann

     

  • Dan and Sandy Jones

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Selig's

    $50

  • Greg and Emmy Springer

    $200

  • Madison Crew

     

  • Pam Clark

     

  • Cizek

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jim & Carole Trebil

     

  • Mark and Colleen Hegstrom

     

  • Jim Hebel

     

  • Beverly Oszman

     

  • 61 Marine and Sports

     

  • Steve and Dixie Grebin

     

  • Pat and Jean Cadle

     

  • David Rooney

     

  • John and Sheila Moroney

     

  • Carol and Steve Lamb

     

  • Anthony Demma

     

  • Faith in Action Friday

    $2,026

  • Anthony and Patricia Miller

     

  • Karol and Walter Carlson

     

  • Anonymous

    $2,521

  • Sue Riesgraf

    $25

  • Sue Riesgraf

    $75

  • Anonymous

     

  • William Meeker-Richardson & Robert Richardson

    $250

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Organized by

Friends of Brian Howard

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $92,775 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Friends of Brian Howard

Amount Raised

$88,634

 

118% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Current FSCS Parents

Amount Raised

$4,141

Donor Comments

William Meeker-Richardson & Robert Richardson

William Meeker-Richardson & Robert Richardson

DONATION: $250

Friends of Marianne and Lauren Howard (Brian's parents) 1 year ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

2 years ago

Sue Riesgraf

Sue Riesgraf

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Sue Riesgraf

Sue Riesgraf

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $2,521

3 years ago

Karol and Walter Carlson

Karol and Walter Carlson

3 years ago

Anthony and Patricia Miller

Anthony and Patricia Miller

3 years ago

Faith in Action Friday

Faith in Action Friday

DONATION: $2,026

3 years ago

David Rooney

David Rooney

3 years ago

Anthony Demma

Anthony Demma

3 years ago

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