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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I have been a contributor to The Brad Kaminsky Foundation since it began. I knew Brad personally and followed his struggle. Alan Kaminsky, Brad's father and one of the founders of TBKF worked hard to find a treatment for Brad and ultimately extended Brad's life for a time. Since then, Alan, and Brad's sister Lisa have worked tirelessly to raise money for brain tumor research.
I donate to TBKF knowing that 100% of my contribution goes toward research. My wife and I have learned to ask solicitors, "How much of my donation will go directly to the cause?" Sometimes we are shocked to hear that " 7% goes to the charity." meaning that 93% goes to administration and fund raising costs.
Remember, when you give to The Brad Kaminsky Foundation 100% goes to research.
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!
I've had the pleasure of knowing Lisa, founder of TBKF, for over 3 years, and til this day, I am amazed by her endless efforts to advocate for such a great cause. I had lost my mother to brain cancer (amongst other health problems occurring simultaneously) 9 years ago, and found out about TBKF on a limb. Since then, I've gotten to know more about her passion and dedication to the organization. Lisa is truly a rare gem. I am in awe of her character.. Lisa has a real heart for others , and it shows through her work in this organization, and also in her life. :)
This is all new to my wife and I, she has termial brain cancer and we've been envolved with Brad Kaminsky, since last year. We did the 5k walk and I was so proud of my wife that she did finish. It was tuff on her, but se felt so good to know she is not alone and there are people who care and that they want to find a cure to this terrible sickness!
Lisa Kaminsky Millar has tirelessly supported this wonderful cause in the name of her brother who died of brain cancer. The way she brings people together to fight all types of brain cancer, both adult and pediatric is amazing and I applaud her. My family and I have done a few things to help support her fundraising efforts and we will push to do more in the coming years. We believe 100% in what she is doing and they way she is doing it...one event at a time.