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Tough Mudder | Run4Brad

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BENEFITING: WINIFRED MASTERSON BURKE MEDICAL RESEARCH

EVENT: Run 4 Brad

EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2014

Jessica Berman

THE STORY:

We are raising money to help people with brain injuries and/or AVMs. Funds raised will be used to build a lower limb robotics clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute.  With the funds we already raised, we are halfway to our goal of being able to support a research program for two years. Brad and so many others are already using the robots and getting tremendous benefits.  

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:
www.run4brad.com

 

$4,470

MONEY RAISED
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  • donna goldsmith

    $50

  • Rose & Adam Cohen

    $200

  • The McCarthys

    $100

  • Dana and Evan

    $100

  • The Marder Family

    $75

  • Jeff Gentes

    $50

  • Amy Fisch

    $50

  • Mandel Family

     

  • Dani, Chris and Zachary Waldron

    $50

  • chew

    $25

  • gorman's

    $100

  • Ali Erwin

    $50

  • Joy Kanwar

    $100

  • Mimi Ennis

    $50

  • CJ & Brian Fitzgerald

     

  • Debby Hennessy

     

  • Uncle Mick

    $50

  • Diane and John

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • carlyg

    $50

  • Jordan Daniels

    $55

  • Casey Ennis

    $25

  • Sharon Skowron

     

  • Deb & Mike Howe

    $25

  • The Goepels

    $200

  • Joe and Karen

    $100

  • Jane and Ronnie Qualia

    $50

  • David Rubin

    $100

  • Sari Winter

    $180

  • Phil and Elyse Ruck

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • The Klar Family

    $100

  • Hans Family

    $250

  • Ray P

    $50

  • Stroup Family

    $25

  • Al and Sue Sims

    $100

  • Shelley Rosenblum

    $36

  • Ryan A. Winter

    $120

  • Alli and Jon

    $50

  • Hudacek Family

    $50

  • Barbara and Robert Adelstein

    $100

  • Elly and Larry Silverstein

    $18

  • Rucks

    $46

  • Kev

    $50

  • Dowell Family

    $100

  • Stein / Kerr family

    $100

  • The Bernardi family

    $50

  • The Travin Family

    $150

  • Mona & Seymour Page

    $25

  • Adam Vengrow

    $200

  • Linda and Ted Bohlk

    $100

  • Cindy Zhu

    $100

  • Cort Malone

    $300

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The Team: $4,470 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Mackenzie & Brian

Amount Raised

$1,205

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Berman

Amount Raised

$950

Fundraiser Title

Eric Fisher

Amount Raised

$725

Fundraiser Title

Sari Winter

Amount Raised

$700

 

140% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lawrence Ruck

Amount Raised

$525

Fundraiser Title

Tyler Sims

Amount Raised

$175

Fundraiser Title

Cary Qualia

Amount Raised

$175

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Carr-Smith

Amount Raised

$15

 

1% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Cort Malone

Cort Malone

DONATION: $300

3 years ago

Cindy Zhu

Cindy Zhu

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Linda and Ted Bohlk

Linda and Ted Bohlk

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Adam Vengrow

Adam Vengrow

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Mona & Seymour Page

Mona & Seymour Page

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

The Travin Family

The Travin Family

DONATION: $150

4 years ago

The Bernardi family

The Bernardi family

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Stein / Kerr family

Stein / Kerr family

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Dowell Family

Dowell Family

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Kev

Kev

DONATION: $50

4 years ago