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Brad Kaminsky Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   44 reviews 3,044

Address:

20227 Catlett Place Ashburn VA 20147 USA

Mission:

Mission Statement: The Brad Kaminsky Foundation is dedicated to finding the cure for brain tumors and cancer.

Results:

Over $700,000 has been donated to pediatric and adult brain tumor and cancer research.

Target demographics:

raise awareness and funds for brain tumor and cancer research

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars Sinai Department of Neurosurgery, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, The National Brain Tumor Society

Geographic areas served:

the USA and even internationally

Programs:

one on one support for those impacted and by providing resources and connections to other patients and doctors as well as offering many ways to help raise awareness and funds and volunteer opportunities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This outstanding organization has an unwavering dedication to discovering a cure for brain tumors! Over the last ten years, The Brad Kaminsky Foundation has DONATED over $1 Million to research, fueled by the blood, sweat and tears of the founder, along with a growing collection of committed partners. The BKF team works tirelessly and efficiently to make the most of the resources that they are entrusted with.

 
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Honestly, as a 14 year Brain Cancer Survivor, I can truly attest to what this amazing organization offers....100% of the proceeds from The Brad Kaminsky Foundation goes to research to find a cure for brain tumors! 100%!! No joke! I have volunteered with this foundation, plus others, for years now and have never come across another organization/foundation that has that percentage! This foundation has made a huge impact on my life and the personal connection I have made with the founder/director, Lisa Kaminsky, is priceless! If you or anyone you know has been affected by Brain Cancer, this is the foundation to get to know! Again, the word I feel that describes any involvement with The Brad Kaminsky Foundation is "Priceless".

 
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Lisa (Kaminsky) Millar is one of the most courageous women I have ever met! I feel extremely lucky to call her my friend and my inspiration. I am a 10 year brain cancer survivor (July 20, 2011) and I had the privilege of meeting Lisa last year at the The Brad Kaminsky Foundation race she hosts in Los Angeles every year to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research. The contribution that Lisa is making through the creation of TBKF to help end brain cancer is extraordinary! Ever since my diagnosis back in 2001 I have dreamed of ways that I could give back to others the love, education, care, and tremendous support that I was given during my battle and she is doing exactly what i've envisioned! I am so proud of Lisa and so grateful that she has allowed me to help her help others!!! Thank you Lisa and TBKF for ALL that you have done and continue to do for families afflicted with brain cancer!!! I will forever be devoted to you!!!!! Love you!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through the love and support that Lisa holds in her heart and was so kind to share with me!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!!! TBKF simply needs more awareness and more people just like Lisa!!

 
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My name is Rhonda Finkel. In 2009 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had my surgery @ UCLA. My brain tumor had melanoma cells on it. I had stage 4 melanoma on that tumor & on my arm & in my lung. I found out about The Brad Kaminsky Foundation through UCLA & that TBKF was putting on a walk / run for brain tumor research. I was so excited I got a team together & we were called THINK POSITIVE!!!!!! Lisa Kaminsky Millar who started this foundation lives in VA but comes to Los Angeles every year to put on this event .
It is a 5K , 10K & a kids fun run along with booths & lots of fun things to do with families who have a loved one they have lost to or dealing with a brain tumor currently.
Lisa comes to Los Angeles with her parents & family & interns to put this event on. No individual I know does this... travels from one state to another to help the hospitals here in LA. Big companies & corporations do but not an individual . Brad Kaminsky was her brother & she vowed to do anything & go anywhere to help find a cure. This November 8th 2015 will be my 7th year doing this walk. I was cancer free January 19th 2010 & so proud & lucky to have met Lisa & to do this walk every year. Not only does she put on a walk in LA she puts on golf tournaments , dance a thons, & a walk @ Penn State University .. Lisa is also a wife, & a mommy with3 kids.

 
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I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2009. My surgery was @ UCLA & the tumor had melanoma cells on it. I had Stage 4 melanoma. In Oct. 2009 I found out about the Heroes of Hope Race for Research that The Brad Kaminsky Foundation ~~ TBKF puts on here in Los Angeles. I immediately had my family sign me up & we made a team called THINK POSITIVE. I met Lisa & was so in awe of what she does. She comes to LA from VA with her family, parents, & volunteers to put on this walk to raise money for hospitals here in LA. I was on my chemo that week but everybody believed in me & I couldn't let anybody down. I finished that 5K & Lisa was right there @ the finish line cheering me & others on. She puts on countless events: golf tournaments, dance-a thons, etc. all year long to raise awareness & funds for brain tumor research!! Families call Lisa to ask for help when one of their loved ones get diagnosed with a brain tumor because she she knows so many of the neurosurgeons so she can help anyone no matter where they live. I will always support this non-profit. Lisa does this while taking care of her husband & raising 3 children & always with a smile. Lisa is amazing!!!!! This will be my 6th year doing the Heroes of Hope Race for Research this weekend here in LA.
xoxoxo
Rhonda Finkel

 
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My name is Rhonda Finkel. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2009. I heard about TBKF in October in 2009 and decided to make a team to spread awareness and raise funds for Brain Tumor research. This will be my 5 th year participating in the walk. The gal Lisa Kaminsky Millar who runs this foundation in memory/ honor of her brother Brad is one of the most amazing woman I have ever met. She lives in VA and comes to Los Angeles to put on this walk/ run that raises funds for UCLA,Children's Hospital , Cedar Sinai , & USC for their neurosurgery departments. She does all kinds of fundraisers in her own community in VA. She is married and has 3 children and is so committed & dedicated to raising funds & awareness for the Brain Tumor Community. I only have wonderful things to say about TBKF and would love to get more recognition for TBKF!!!!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make no changes. I would yell from the mountains in LA to come to our amazing Heroes of Hope Race for Research for Brain Tumors on Sunday Nov. 3rd 2013.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MY brother was diagnosed with GBM IV and needed emergent surgery. Lisa was the one who contacted with the right person at the right time to get him well and start treatment. Not only that but she played a vital role in helping me find the medications for him and I am forever grateful for her and her organization. She is the best person ever!!

 
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I have been a volunteer for TBKF for a number of years and have never met more amazing people than Lisa Millar and the whole Kaminsky family! Their foundation is truly run for the purpose of raising awareness and much needed funding for brain tumor research. It is run with volunteers only, there are no management salaries, etc., so that folks can be assured money raised goes towards its intended purpose. They will support other foundations and there are no egos where stopping cancer is concerned! I am honored to be able to work with such a great organization and people who provide support to families, friends, and those battling this horrible disease but most importantly they provide them HOPE! Their mission is clear, kick cancer's butt and they work to do that every day at their own sacrifice and I applaud them.

 
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What an amazing group that does so much for so many people. Lisa is there for anyone at anytime for anything they need. They are a rare group that we are so lucky to have! I wish I could do more to support them but there is no one out there that is as tireless and giving as Lisa - no one. And The Brad Kaminsky Foundation shows that because of her dedication and support to the people and cause that need her. We are all blessed by her and the foundations work.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Lisa Kaminsky-Millar is amazing which is why The Brad Kaminsky Foundation is beyond amazing. All that they do to help those that need a shining star and all the money they raise for cancer research is inspiring. I feel privileged to know Lisa and to see first hand what an unbelievable non-profit TBKF truly is.

Thank you Lisa and TBKF for all that you do for so many thankful people!!!

 
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Those at The Brad Kaminsky Foundation are beyond compare. Never have I come across someone like Lisa Millar and her father Alan Kaminsky that put so much into a cause. Over the years I have been a volunteer, a donor and a client served. Lisa is there for people in every capacity possible. Research, organizing fund raisers, awareness and support for those in need.

More than 100% of what they get goes back out there to find a cure for brain tumors because Lisa adds to everything she does. Her dedication to the cause is tireless and impressive and I feel honored to know her, her family and the great work they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Lisa!! So she could be in front of even more people spreading the word and looking for a cure!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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TBKF isdoing an amazing job of raising funds and awareness. Most important they give hope to so many. Making them aware they are not alone in this battle. That there thousands of people helping their fight by raising money for research. That there are hundreds of brilliant dedicated researcher working 24/7 to find more effective treatments and ultimately the cure.

 
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I do not know of many other organizations that are more important, have the heart or do everything they can at all times. I am so very proud to be a volunteer and a partner with the Brad Kaminsky Foundation. Their work is bar none.

Kimberly Rishi
Studio Bleu Dance Center

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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My daughter had a cancerous tumor removed from her spine when she was just ten years old. She is now 15 and just recently went through spinal fusion surgery caused by her tumor. It is an honor to be able to work alongside Lisa Kaminsky-Miller and TBKF to work towards a cure. This organization is dedicated, hardworking and professional.

 
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