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Tyler Sims' Fundraiser:

Train the Brain Tough Mudder 3.0

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BENEFITING: WINIFRED MASTERSON BURKE MEDICAL RESEARCH

EVENT: Run 4 Brad

EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2016

Tyler Sims

THE STORY:

Please donate here as we are running the Tough Mudder again this year (this time without Jessica) and we are back at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ on Saturday, October 8. No amount is too small. Thanks and see details of the cause below:

THE STORY:

Jessica Berman wrote -

We are raising money to help people with brain injuries and/or AVMs. Funds raised will be used to fund a robotics clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute. 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

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To This Fundraiser

$550

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lucosky Brookman Foundation

    $250

  • Ernie , Andrea Adamo

    $25

  • Sharon Skowron

    $50

  • Ali

    $125

  • The Bermans

    $50

  • Tian Xie

    $50

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110% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $550 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Tian Xie

Tian Xie

DONATION: $50

Thanks for putting us together into a team! 2 years ago

The Bermans

The Bermans

DONATION: $50

Thanks for continuing the tradition. See you in 2017!! 2 years ago

Ali

Ali

DONATION: $125

Too disorganized to make my own page... Go Mudder crew! 2 years ago

Sharon Skowron

Sharon Skowron

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Ernie , Andrea Adamo

Ernie , Andrea Adamo

DONATION: $25

In honor or Tyler Sims 2 years ago

Lucosky Brookman Foundation

Lucosky Brookman Foundation

DONATION: $250

2 years ago