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BENEFITING: Jewish Communal Fund

EVENT: Run 4 Brad

Jessica Berman

THE STORY:

We are raising money to help people with traumatic brain injuries and/or AVMs.  We have created a charitable fund through the Jewish Communal Fund called "The Run 4 Brad Fund" (although, of course, the proceeds don't go to 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

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To This Fundraiser

$118,236

MONEY RAISED
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  • Susan and Abraham Sagiv

    $25

  • Spillane Family

    $100

  • Peter Gourevitch and Celia Falicov

    $50

  • Marouns's

    $320

  • Roseman Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Pat Lamparello

    $200

  • Linsdey & Alexa Donovan

    $100

  • Judy & Joe Baumgarten

    $500

  • Dudley Williams

    $150

  • Lauren (Lebowitz) and Lee Feldman

    $200

  • Corin & Joe

     

  • Jessica and Alan Richer

    $200

  • Linda and Peter Spielberger

     

  • Pat Halloran

    $250

  • The Charles A. Mastonardi Foundation

    $15,000

  • Molly and Jay Broaddus

    $150

  • George King

    $100

  • The Charles A. Mastonardi Foundation

    $15,000

  • Terrence O'Sullivan

     

  • Barry and Shari Dinaburg

    $250

  • Matt Warshauer

    $25

  • The Bueti Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • gary gertzog

    $200

  • Elliot S. Cohen

    $500

  • Matt Mitten

    $100

  • Ken Kempson

    $200

  • Melissa Caron

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $360

  • The Collins Family

     

  • George King

    $100

  • The Charles A. Mastonardi Foundation

    $15,000

  • The Charles A. Mastonardi Foundation

    $15,000

  • Josh centre

    $50

  • George King

    $100

  • The Charles A. Mastonardi Foundation

    $15,000

  • Laura Persky

    $75

  • Elisabeth Bernard

    $100

  • Eve and Seth Rodsky for Noah's Birthday

    $200

  • bethgelfond

    $100

  • Ian Jones

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $18

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jake and Sam Rudnick

     

  • Marisa and Jeremy Matican

    $300

  • Dan & Patti Rube

    $250

  • Jessica Holscott

    $100

  • weiss lemonade stand

    $100

  • NYC fundraiser donations

    $900

  • The FitzGerald-Fanchiotti family

     

  • A&O Basketball Tournament Hudson Americas/Lone Star Funds

    $1,000

  • Michael & Stacey Gold

    $100

  • Joe & Judy Baumgarten

    $500

  • Terri & Bob Sonenclar

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Ellen Howse

    $100

  • Mary C Grande

    $500

  • Jen & Ben Senders

     

  • Louise Albis

     

  • Jocelyn & Scott Spielberger

     

  • Selin DeEskinazis Baker & family

    $100

  • Leigh Cuesta

    $250

  • Christine Brozynski

    $100

  • Bob Lattinville

    $100

  • Stephanie Garvin

     

  • Joy and James Norgaard

    $250

  • Jennifer Golden

    $100

  • Donna Katzenstein

    $25

  • Eric and Beth Rudich

    $50

  • James Norgaard

    $20

  • Lindsey Donovan

    $50

  • Berman/Weiss Cookie/Milk Stand

    $30

  • Ethan Rivel

     

  • Aron Weiss

     

  • Dylan Senior

    $50

  • Noah

    $50

  • Luke

    $30

  • Jake Welner

    $50

  • The Saabye Family

    $50

  • Mike Rudnick

    $100

  • Noah and Andrew Berman

    $50

  • Siofra & Scott

    $150

  • Melissa Cameron

    $100

  • Lindsey Donovan

    $50

  • Ariana Maniscalco

    $25

  • The Norgaard Family

    $500

  • Carino/Stenson

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kim Pollack

     

  • VERONIQUE BRINSON

     

  • Frannie Mikullitz

    $100

  • Frannie Mikullitz

    $100

  • Levi Sigel

    $100

  • Matt Jacob

    $50

  • Matt Jacob

    $50

  • Grandma Phyllis and Poppa Ted

     

  • Francis & Susan Lively

    $1,000

  • Bauer Family

     

  • Jackson Conlan

     

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The Team: $118,236 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Jessica Berman

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Donor Comments

Jackson Conlan

Jackson Conlan

6 months ago

Bauer Family

Bauer Family

6 months ago

Francis & Susan Lively

Francis & Susan Lively

DONATION: $1,000

6 months ago

Grandma Phyllis and Poppa Ted

Grandma Phyllis and Poppa Ted

Good luck Jessica, Noah and Andrew!! 6 months ago

Matt Jacob

Matt Jacob

DONATION: $50

6 months ago

Matt Jacob

Matt Jacob

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Levi Sigel

Levi Sigel

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Frannie Mikullitz

Frannie Mikullitz

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Frannie Mikullitz

Frannie Mikullitz

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

VERONIQUE BRINSON

VERONIQUE BRINSON

1 year ago