2015 Burke Award Honorees
Brad and Jessica Berman
At the age of 37, Brad Berman, a father of two and an attorney specializing in tax law at GE, experienced a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Brad spent more than a month in a coma, and afterwards, had to relearn how to breathe, walk, and talk. Brad spent four months living at hospitals, including at Burke, and now continues to receive outpatient care at Burke, where he works with state-of-the-art robotic devices. Brad’s wife, Jessica, who is also the Deputy General Counsel at the National Hockey League (NHL), began Run 4 Brad, a community campaign to raise money to create and build a lower extremity robotics program at Burke.
One of the NHL’s rising stars, defenseman Ryan McDonagh was named the captain of the New York Rangers in 2014. The St. Paul, MN, native emerged as one of New York’s catalysts in 2013-14 as he established career highs in goals, assists, and points while leading the team in average ice time. McDonagh is an advocate for those requiring rehabilitation, including acting as a mentor to Gino Mangiafridda, an accomplished high school hockey player who became a Burke patient after experiencing significant injuries in an accident.
Mick Ebeling is an award-winning film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs, whose mission is to use “technology for the sake of humanity” and to create low-cost, open-source, DIY devices to help people in need. Ebeling’s “Project Daniel” led to the design of 3-D printed functional prosthetic arms, made for under $100, and he used it to start a self-sustaining prosthetics clinic in Sudan.