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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

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.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sholandala

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

2 Liz_35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 chef6522

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa Kaminsky-Millar started the Brad Kaminsky Foundation with a promise, a promise to her brother Brad, that she would fight to raise money to help find a cure for the disease that shortened his life. She did that and continues to do that. The foundation has grown and exceeds every expectation to raise money for brain tumor research. I do believe that the Brad Kaminsky Foundation will be a big part in funding research to help find a cure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

THE BRAD KAMINSKY FOUNDATION IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS COMPILED OF VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE BECOME ONE FAMILY WITH THE SAME GOAL. I AM LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE PART OF THAT VOLUNTEER FAMILY. I HAVE SEEN THE TIRELESS WORK DONE BY LISA KAMINSKY-MILLAR AND THE REST OF THE VOLUNTEERS (FAMILY), IN THEIR EFFORT TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP FIND A CURE FOR THIS HORRIFIC DISEASE AND TO HELP FAMILIES WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS DISEASE. MY FAMILY HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS DISEASE. IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE BRAD KAMINSKY FOUNDATION MAKING IT EASY FOR ME TO FIND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE DISEASE, TREATMENTS, AND ALSO COMPASSION FROM LISA I DON'T KNOW WHERE I WOULD HAVE TURNED.

1 Debi7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a friend of Lisa Kaminsky, Brad's sister. I have heard the sad stories of adults and children who have lost their battles to this terrible disease, and of the ones that are fighting it now. I know that this foundation is giving so much time and effort to raise money for research for a cure of this disease. Lisa Kaminsky is truly a hero in a lot of people's eyes and I am so proud to know her and for the work she does for this cause and for her brother, that she lost to this terrible disease. Lisa gives of herself 100% and I know, because of her, there has been great strides made. But a lot more is needed. She holds events, like bake sales, running events, banquets, etc... for this cause. She is the most energetic, sweet, and determined person I know. God Bless you Lisa!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known this organization from it's conception. What an incredibly dedicated and under acknowledged group. So many many lives of people with brain tumors and those who love them have received support from this organization when they were otherwise overwhelmed and feeling left alone with nothing except despair.
We need more organizations like this one and we need a cure for brain tumors!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation run by amazing people! Learned of this foundation and was introduced to Lisa after my brother-in-law was diagnosed with brain cancer. The support Lisa and the foundation gave, and continue to give, not only to us, but to raise awareness and raise money to fund research is astounding. LOVE this foundation and everything they do!!!

Leigh B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with The Brad Kaminsky Foundation and the wonderful work done by it's founders to help provide funds for cancer research. As the Mother of a daughter who had a brain tumor (Medulloblastoma) and is now a 10 year cancer survivor, I know personnally the heartache families go thru when cancer strikes a loved one. Hopefully someday other Mothers (and families) will not have to go thru this heartache/struggle/fight...because a CURE might be found with the help of those like Lisa Miller and The Brad Kaminsky Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation is a wonderful organization that is doing tremendous things to help find a cure for cancer. Words can not describe the dedication and support Lisa (Kaminsky) Millar has provided over the years for this cause and this foundation! Keep up the good work!