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Run 4 Brad @ TCS

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BENEFITING: WINIFRED MASTERSON BURKE MEDICAL RESEARCH

ORGANIZER: RUN 4

EVENT: 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014

Jessica Berman

THE STORY:

On November 7, 2004, my husband and I completed the NYC marathon together. We stayed together every step of the way, including when we crossed the finish line. The race was surprisingly easy for him, despite the fact that he had only become a runner through my urging in that prior 6 months as we trained for the Marathon together. Brad is just that kind of athlete and person -- he makes things look easy!

The first 15 miles I was exuberant -- high-fiving spectators along the way -- but by mile 19 I hit "the wall".  Thankfully, Brad's reserves were deeper than mine (and he -- in typical Brad fashion remained even-keeled from mile 1) and he helped me through the final 7 miles.  On that day, I was proud to finish in just under 4 hours and 30 minutes, but was adamant that I would never do another marathon.

Brad, on the other hand, got the marathon bug and went on to run another 3 marathons.  On August 4, 2013 at 7:31 AM when our lives were turned upside down, he was filling his Fuel Belt water bottles for a long training run in preparation for the 2013 NYC Marathon.  Instead he spent the next four weeks in a coma and four months living in hospitals.  He had a hemorrhagic stroke which left him unable to breathe, eat, walk and talk.  Watching him work his way back has been like watching a miracle.  His determination is remarkable.

I decided that running a marathon to raise awareness and fundraise for the lower limb robotics clinic at Burke -- which he refers to as a "game changer" in terms of the impact on his gait restoration -- was the least I could do. You can learn more about the robotics clinic and why it is so important to Brad's recovery by watching this news story produced by CBS:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-robotic-rehab-may-help-young-stroke-victim-reclaim-future/

Every step I take in this marathon will be FOR BRAD.  And I can't wait until he is running marathons again, so I can happily go back into marathon retirement. GO TEAM RUN 4 BRAD!

$27,625

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Yaccarinos

    $500

  • Gail and Richard Feinstein

    $75

  • LaFontaine Family

    $500

  • Ripped Fitness

    $200

  • Amy and Marc Strauss

    $125

  • The Jacoby Family

     

  • Zenith Media (Dave Penski)

    $10,000

  • Steven Stein

    $100

  • Samantha & Scott Morris

    $25

  • Marisa and Jeremy Matican

    $350

  • Rachel Bloom & Family

     

  • Malitz Family

    $250

  • Erwin & Sandy and Family

     

  • Kari and Ben Cohen

     

  • Jonathan & Marsha Semon

    $100

  • Ilene Giaquinta

    $100

  • Rick D'Avino & family

    $1,000

  • Katie & Anthony D'Imperio

     

  • Sophia Boutilier

    $200

  • Howie Roseman

     

  • The Senzons

    $100

  • Cate & Greg Jarrett

    $50

  • Louis & Claire Dellapia

    $40

  • Matt Cohen & Family

     

  • Daniel Schachne

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Vancouver Canucks

     

  • Elana & Larry Kutz

     

  • Olsen Family

     

  • Jill and Mike Rudnick

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • San Jose Sharks

    $1,000

  • Mary Clare and Kevin Magnuson

    $200

  • Susan & Richard Arluck

    $100

  • Dylan and Shirael Pollack

    $250

  • Employees of Westcon

    $25

  • Stanley & Roz Cooper

    $100

  • Aron and Kristin Jeffrey

     

  • Rita and Barry Rothfeld

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Fran Ganz-Lord and Stephen Lord

    $100

  • The Barnard Family

    $200

  • The Howse Family

    $50

  • Holda Bodian & Marilyn Terman

    $10

  • Barbara Barber

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jen and Todd Reinglass

    $50

  • Dr. Bob Matalon

    $1,000

  • The Gallinson Family

     

  • Bertan Cikigil

    $100

  • Ralph Avenue Associates (Vic & Gail Gartenstein)

    $250

  • Lesley Rose

     

  • Nancy Chassman

    $200

  • Allie Maron

     

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sally Moskowitz

    $50

  • Phyllis & Ted Cohen

    $100

  • Judy & Joe Baumgarten

    $200

  • Jason Jun

    $100

  • Jody Brockman

    $100

  • Leigh Marchant

     

  • Emily Nasits

     

  • Melissa Burnazian

    $50

  • The Hawthrone Group

    $50

  • Russell Levine

     

  • Jennifer Carr-Smith

    $50

  • Margaret Sperling

    $200

  • Joanna and Adam Gross

    $100

  • Zoe and Jean Claude COHEN NGUYEN

    $200

  • Marla Aistrope

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • The Rabina Family

    $100

  • The Leiters

    $100

  • The Gross Family

    $150

  • Sonni & Lawrence

    $36

  • Dana and Jon Weinbach

    $100

  • The Mannix Family

    $50

  • Pamela and Adam Sohn

    $100

  • The Senders Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Nancy Costo

    $100

  • Michael & Betty Henry

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $54

  • The Rodier Family

    $100

  • Chris Linehan

    $50

  • Aliya & Thomas Meaney

    $50

  • Donna Fiammetta

    $250

  • Amy and Eric Gross

     

  • Jillian Cole

    $100

  • Allison & Mark Peffer

    $100

  • Gail & Howard Weber

    $100

  • Carolyn and Dave Levinbook

    $100

  • Brenda Kramer

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Olivia Pietrantonio

     

  • The Sanders Family

     

  • Howard & Margaret Fluhr

    $250

  • Myra Klahr

    $75

  • Suzette Rubinstein

     

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55% Raised of $50,000 Goal

The Team: $87,135 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Berman

Amount Raised

$27,625

 

55% Raised of $50,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brian Gershengorn

Amount Raised

$9,691

Fundraiser Title

Tov Haueisen

Amount Raised

$8,339

Fundraiser Title

Susan Cohig

Amount Raised

$7,461

Fundraiser Title

Jill Blumencranz

Amount Raised

$6,632

Fundraiser Title

Karen Murray

Amount Raised

$3,840

 

77% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rachel Berger

Amount Raised

$3,837

Fundraiser Title

RUN 4 BRAD

Amount Raised

$3,334

Donor Comments

Suzette Rubinstein

Suzette Rubinstein

3 years ago

Myra Klahr

Myra Klahr

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Howard & Margaret Fluhr

Howard & Margaret Fluhr

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

The Sanders Family

The Sanders Family

3 years ago

Olivia Pietrantonio

Olivia Pietrantonio

Continued thoughts and prayers for a full recovery. Stay strong!!! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Brenda Kramer

Brenda Kramer

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Carolyn and Dave Levinbook

Carolyn and Dave Levinbook

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Gail & Howard Weber

Gail & Howard Weber

DONATION: $100

May you go from strength to strength! Both of you, Jessica & Brad, are inspirational! 3 years ago

Allison & Mark Peffer

Allison & Mark Peffer

DONATION: $100

3 years ago