On November 2, 2014, Burke Rehabilitation Center will sponsor a team of runners in the 44th annual New York City Marathon. The team is made up of family members and friends of Brad Berman, a Larchmont resident and former Burke patient who suffered a stroke in 2013.
Brad, a 37-year-old father of two and a marathon runner himself, was in his kitchen when he felt what’s been described as the “worst headache of his life.” He called his wife, Jessica, to come home and was rushed by ambulance to a nearby emergency room. Brad underwent surgery and was diagnosed with a massive hemorrhagic stroke. The family learned that Brad had an AVM (arteriovenous malformation), a congenital malformation of blood vessels, which had ruptured the morning of his stroke. Brad spent more than a month in a coma, and when he woke up, had to relearn how to breathe, walk, and talk.
After spending 4 months in the hospital, including time as an inpatient at Burke, Brad went home to be with his family. Today, Brad continues to receive outpatient care at Burke, where he works with our state-of-the-art robotic devices.
Through the marathon, Brad and Jessica, along with the team of runners, are raising money to create and build a lower extremity robotics program at Burke. This will help patients who have difficulty walking due to stroke or brain injury as these conditions often cause paralysis or weakness on one side of the body. Robotic therapy offers repetitious movement which is important for motor recovery after a neurological injury or illness. The lower extremity robot will help patients with targeted therapy to improve their gait, balance and overall endurance, further helping in their recovery.
The team’s goal is to raise $100,000. To support the team, click here.
Click on each runner's name below for their bio and to support their participation in the NYC Marathon on behalf of Burke: