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Run 4 Brad @ NYRR Scotland 10K

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BENEFITING: Jewish Communal Fund

EVENT: Run 4 Brad

EVENT DATE: Apr 05, 2014

Jessica Berman

THE STORY:

On Saturday, April 5th the Run 4 Brad team will be running/walking in the Scotland 10K at 8 am in Central Park NYC. If you are interested in participating and you haven't yet signed up, please e-mail Jessica ASAP (jberman@nhl.com) for your NYRR invitation code.  You can show your support by wearing your Run 4 Brad clothes, which you can purchase at http://www.cafepress.com/irun4brad

We are asking those participating in the race to donate or raise money to help people with traumatic brain injuries and/or AVMs.  The suggested amount is $500 (more is great, less is also appreciated).  Thanks for your support.

We have created a charitable fund through the Jewish Communal Fund called "The Run 4 Brad Fund" (although, of course, the proceeds don't goto Brad!).  We are in the process of doing research on the best ways to allocate/grant the money we raise. Some examples of our ideas include: creating a lower limb robotics clinic for ankle/knee muscle re-education at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and conducting AVM treatment research.  

We are inspired to give back by what happened to us on August 4, 2013.

In the summer of 2013, Brad (age 37) was training for the NYC marathon on November 3, 2013 (this would have been his fourth marathon). 

On the morning of Sunday, August 4th he was in the kitchen getting a drink of water prior to a training run when the worst headache of his life struck. He immediately called his wife -- who was at the gym -- and said: "something isn't right, you need to come home." Within 30 minutes they found a friend to watch their two young children, got an ambulance, and were at the nearest emergency room. Brad was immediately intubated.  Within a matter of hours, Brad was in emergency surgery to have half of his skull removed and placed in his abdomen to relieve the pressure in his brain and to prevent death or further catastrophic damage. He had a massive hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 37.

On that day we learned that Brad had an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) which had ruptured that morning. Prior to that day, he never knew he had an AVM. We subsequently learned that he has a congenital malformation of blood vessels (which he was likely born with), that was totally asymptomatic for his entire life. Having an AVM carries an approximate 2% risk per year of hemorrhaging, and August 4th was Brad's unlucky day.

Brad remained in a coma for almost a month.  While he was "sleeping," doctors performed a tracheotomy and a feeding tube was inserted into his belly. Brad woke up very slowly and began the painstaking process of re-learning how to breathe, eat, talk, walk, and many other actions that most people take for granted.  

Brad was in the hospital for four months and has been home since early December 2013 where he is currently continuing his recovery alongside his wife and 2 boys, ages 3 and 5, and with close friends and family cheering him on. Brad is working toward his goal of running again, and we are hopeful that he will get there. Brad won't stop trying until he reaches his highest potential!

Brad's determination, strength and positive attitude has inspired us all, and has reminded us of what is truly important.

You can find more information about Brad and his story on their website:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bradeberman

$214,847

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Hupe Failu

    $100

  • Fingeret family

    $25

  • Steph, Lee & CJ

     

  • Margarita and Dave Rudnick

    $50

  • Kerry and Jason Stanley

    $25

  • Julie and Reuben Kopel

     

  • The Lapidus Family

    $100

  • Robert Hoyle and Dan Parker 10 mile run

    $200

  • Alstodt family

     

  • Michael Foreman

    $400

  • Mike & Betty

    $50

  • The Zimmerman's

    $100

  • Diane M. Kolnik

    $100

  • Daniel Barenholtz

    $100

  • Bill Pristanski

    $360

  • Mary McCarthy

    $100

  • Russ O'Brien

    $75

  • Craig Matanle

    $50

  • Golomb family

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • roland fohn

    $100

  • Alex Dagg

    $100

  • Daniel Ages

    $200

  • Sarah & Ed Keating

    $100

  • Homer

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anne & Gayle Herndon

     

  • Nancy Costo

    $36

  • Keith n Alissa

    $50

  • Don & Jen Torey

    $300

  • Kathleen McKenna

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Brian and Niki Alvey

    $100

  • 75/25 raffle at Jake's Dilemma

    $2,500

  • Jeanette Berman

    $100

  • Ken Martin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $2,500

  • Michael & Cynthia Olear

    $30

  • David & Sandra Ferree

    $100

  • The Davidson Family

    $100

  • Fred & Roxanne Bazzini

     

  • Phil and Rich Basuk

    $500

  • Lisa Kuo

     

  • Matthew Sheridan

    $1,000

  • Joe Smith/SRZ

    $5,000

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Donna & Dave Krietzberg

    $100

  • karen and todd kipnes

    $100

  • Galit & George Price

    $18

  • Lenny & Lola Tanzer

    $100

  • Stephen and Lesley Budow

    $100

  • Bweta Family Foundation

    $260

  • Shashoua Family Foundation

    $2,000

  • Robert Linton

    $5

  • Fern Mehler

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $5,000

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • Patrick Doherty

    $100

  • Chrissie and Miles Denniston

    $75

  • Brandon & Jill Paine

    $100

  • Rob Guarno

    $30

  • Win Browning

    $50

  • Mike Minihan

    $1,000

  • Janette van der Weijden

    $250

  • Charissa M.

    $20

  • Marcia Bernstein & Michael Madison

    $100

  • Gail Gartenstein

    $200

  • Ann & Nicholas Dalessandro

    $35

  • Vermont City Marathon - Erin Hedges

    $118

  • Holly & Michael Berfield

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Sewell Family

    $100

  • Rosalyn & Stan Cooper

    $100

  • Sabah & Gilda Shemel

    $500

  • Alan Schadlow

    $100

  • Temple Israel Early Childhood Center

    $118

  • General Atlantic

    $2,500

  • Karen Crowley and Tony Brita

    $50

  • Stuart and Mike

    $100

  • Helene and Bruce Leitner

    $100

  • The Magro Family

    $100

  • A&K Gill

     

  • Dolly DiCarlo

    $20

  • Joel Davis

    $25

  • Marianne Keegan

    $500

  • Frank and Annette Noto

     

  • steve saraf

    $200

  • Holly Garten

    $100

  • Judy & Ira Spindler

    $100

  • Elizabeth Kane

     

  • Alison Snook Licata

     

  • Kellie + Jeff Lerner

    $100

  • McVeigh

    $250

  • Jason Tighe

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • GE MATCHING DONATION

    $17,795

  • Donna K

    $100

  • GE

    $150

  • Val Ackerman

    $100

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86% Raised of $250,000 Goal

The Team: $214,847 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Berman

Amount Raised

$46,454

 

19% Raised of $250,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Team NHL

Amount Raised

$26,390

Fundraiser Title

GE Tax Alumni

Amount Raised

$21,130

Fundraiser Title

James Kalashian Leslee Spadone The...

Amount Raised

$16,685

 

67% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

GEAM CEO Award Recipients

Amount Raised

$14,680

Fundraiser Title

Caroline King

Amount Raised

$5,340

 

107% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

SRZ – Run for Brad

Amount Raised

$5,000

Fundraiser Title

Marsha and Bob Berman

Amount Raised

$4,868

 

49% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Val Ackerman

Val Ackerman

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

GE

GE

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

Donna K

Donna K

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

GE MATCHING DONATION

GE MATCHING DONATION

DONATION: $17,795

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

Great work so far, keep it up! 3 years ago

Jason Tighe

Jason Tighe

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

McVeigh

McVeigh

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Kellie + Jeff Lerner

Kellie + Jeff Lerner

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Alison Snook Licata

Alison Snook Licata

Rooting for ya Brad! You are strong! 3 years ago

Elizabeth Kane

Elizabeth Kane

3 years ago