Brad Kaminsky Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   44 reviews

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  

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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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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2 people found this review helpful

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

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

I have been apart of this nonprofit organization, TBKF, for over 7 years. The work of the foundation brings a sense of community and HOPE for a CURE because of the constant efforts and compassion by president and founder, Lisa Millar. I have personally witnessed the sincere dedication and efforts by Lisa Millar and all returning volunteers of the foundation. I began volunteering for Lisa weekly in her home office, yes, an organization ran from a home! Lisa's strong compassion and efforts to eliminate brain tumors is constantly at play no matter what time of day. Across the country, she is constantly in contact with many advocates of brain tumor research. Her work and achievements with the foundations over the past 13 years inspires me daily. My involvement with the foundation granted me many great, inspiring service opportunities of which I am very grateful. As my high school years came to a close, although excited for new experiences, I was sad knowing that I would not be able to participate in local TBKF events. TBKF will always be apart of my life because it has truly impacted where I stand today. I cannot wait to come home to serve more TBKF events in HOPE for a CURE.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation is a wonderful organization that was started by Lisa Millar in honor of her brother Brad, after he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Lisa works tirelessly, to keep a promise she made to her brother, that she would not stop fighting until a cure was found and she has kept that promise... raising funds and awareness everyday in really every way possible. From Golf tournaments, to lemonade stands, to monte carlo night, to 5k/10k races, to bar crawls, and cookbooks, and dancers vs cancer, and social media campaigns, etc. She has done this in her community, as well as, across the united states. She is also a founding member of The Grey Ribbon Crusade, which united small non-profits together to raise awareness and funds. Lisa is determined to make this a cause known, and in the process has brought so much hope and so much comfort to families. Lisa also helps family members in their grieving process, she always dedicates her events, not only to her brother Brad, but to so many other warriors who have lost their battles. Lisa dedicated the Heroes of Hope Race last November to my dad, and i was able to fly out to CA to run in the race. See the 501 (c) (3) was set up to raise monetary funds to be given directly for Brain Cancer research, and the foundation has been hugely successful in their effort to do so, but Lisa does so much more for families, she offers her ear, and her time, and she listens, and she CARES, and she gives hope to people. I know this personally because over the 6+ years I have known Lisa she helped me tremendously with navigating both my mom's cancer diagnosis, as well as, my dad's brain cancer diagnosis. She even assisted me with getting scans sent to hospitals, and explained the ins and outs of the clinical trials. Whenever, I meet anyone dealing with a brain cancer diagnosis I always encourage them to reach out to Lisa because her knowledge is so valuable. Lisa has been running the foundation for 13 years now. She runs it out of her house, she has never once taken a paycheck for the over 40 hours of work she does every week. She works part time jobs, as well as, raises three kids in addition to running a foundation. She is the kindest, most caring, selfless individual I have had the honor to know. I could never thank her or the Brad Kaminsky Foundation enough for all she has done for my family and so many others for a cause that is so significant. I am confident that when I donate to TBKF that all that money is going to fund research for a cure. TBKF is truly a GREAT non-profit, thanks to the HUGE heart of Lisa Millar.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered for this foundation for the past 5 years. I don't know anyone that works harder and is more dedicated to the cause than Brad Kaminsky Foundation founder Lisa Millar. She not only works to raise awareness and money to fund research, but offers support and her knowledge to help those effected with Brain Cancer and their families, not only in her community, but globally. She works 24/7, out of her house, and unlike many charities, you can feel confident that when you donate to TBKF that all your money is going towards funding research.

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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I've worked for the Brad Kaminsky Foundation for the past three years. I lost my best friend to a brain tumor at the age of 20, and a few years later lost my mom to cancer that had spread to her brain. It is amazing to know that people like Lisa and organizations like the Brad Kaminsky Foundation exist. Lisa's drive and passion for the cause is what makes the organization so special. She made a promise to her brother that she wouldn't stop until a cure was found, and she has stuck to it, working around the clock not only creating fundraising events, but creating a national branding campaign to unite all Brain Tumor nonprofits together. I always joke with her that she can take anything and turn it into a way to get people involved, to spread awareness for this cause, and raise funds, but its true where there is a will there is a way with TBKF and Lisa. I commend her for all the incredible work she is doing, and am so thankful that I am able to say I am a part of this organization.

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

Lisa has helped me along my own personal grief journey and taught me the power of continuing the fight for those who no longer can.

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

No changes to the organization. I hope that it continues to grow and the word continues to spread about this wonderful organization.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation does not have a highly-paid C.E.O. but a "director", Lisa Millar, who works hours and hours for free. She devotes her time to raising money through races, IDance 4a Cure, galas with auctions, and golf tournaments. She has expanded her fund-raising events to other states because her network of like-minded people with a connection to brain cancer is expanding. Her goal is one which thousands of people find worthwhile.

All her efforts are focused on providing money for research for a cure for brain cancer. Lisa is singularly focused on this goal. How many non-profits can say this?

If someone is diagnosed with brain cancer, Lisa calls her doctors at Duke and connects the newly diagnosed with a neurologist who can help.

It is an honor and a privilege helping the Brad Kaminsky Foundation.

She deserves the recognition of the Great NonProfit award.

Mary Beth Burke

 
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I first met Lisa at the gym right after her brother died of brain cancer. She was grieving but determined to do something concrete to prevent this from happening to anyone else. She had started The Brad Kaminsky Foundation to raise funds for research for this disease.
In 10 years she used her marketing skills and MBA in business to do the following:
run races, run lemonade stands, organize kickboxing nights, coordinate Mardi Gras Casino Banquets, and direct beer tents at rock concerts. She does all of these things to raise money and awareness for pediatric and adult brain cancer while raising 3 children and managing a home.
She networks locally, nationally, and internationally with people who have run her races and who have a loved one with brain cancer.
I witnessed personally her calls to Duke University's neurosurgeons for consultations for patients she doesn't even know. She uses her connections to truly help people with this disease. She got patients appointments months ahead of their regularly scheduled consultations.
She always has time for anyone who needs her help or advice on moving the fight on cancer forward.
Even when her computer crashed for a month , she still was able to send thank you letters for checks received during that time.
Her brother, Brad, is her heavenly angel guarding her earthly efforts. She asks him for sunny weather for races when the forecast calls for rain. One time she got a huge rainbow at Dockweiler State beach amidst a storm as a sign of Brad's presence.

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

None...

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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2 people found this review helpful

I have known Lisa Millar for 8 years. The first time I met her, she talked about her brother's death from brain cancer. She talked about her non-profit, TBKF, and how she wanted to raise money and awareness for brain tumors.
What blew me away was her idea to start a cookbook Cooking Up a Cure, with recipes from people who have a connection to brain cancer.
She has raised almost 500,000 for brain cancer research through her Hope for Heroes race in Los Angeles.
I now work for her non-profit and she works tirelessly to see the day where brain cancer does not exist.

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?

2011

 
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I have had the pleasure of knowing Lisa Millar and being a part of TBKF for the past 11 years! This incredible foundation, led by Mrs. Millar, has served countless families across the United States and beyond! Each and every year, TBKF works tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for brain tumor and cancer research. They are steadfast in their determination to find a cure and ease the pain and suffering of many. I have personally never been a part of a more worthwhile and devoted organization that never gives up HOPE and is always there for the many warriors fighting this disease.

 
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