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The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation focuses on raising awareness that while AIDS is a global health threat, it is destabilizing the continent of Africa.
A LACK OF DOCTORS, MEDICINE, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, CLEAN DRINKING WATER & NUTRITIOUS FOOD COMBINED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF POVERTY, HUNGER, MALARIA & TUBERCULOSIS is the reason why 2/3 of the people dying from AIDS are from sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, 1 child in 19 will die before their 5th birthday and one of the leading causes of death is hunger. There are 15,100,000 AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation exists to: (1) Improve the lives of people affected by HIV and cancer both in Africa and America with a strong emphasis on helping orphans and children; (2) Raise awareness to government, business and society that people living with HIV and cancer can lead healthy productive lives if they have access to medical care and medicine; (3) Encourage others living with HIV to disclose their HIV-status, remaining silent only perpetuates the stigma; (4) Provide social activities for people living with HIV and cancer, for i.e., not charging people living with these illnesses to participate in local 5K Events; (5) Encourage people with HIV and cancer to lead a healthy, upbeat lifestyle; (6) Run faster marathons as I age and to raise awareness that people, even those living with HIV and cancer, can reverse their aging process, even if it is just for a decade or two; (7) Provide nourishing meals and medical care at festive orphan dances in conjunction with the World AIDS Marathon; and (7) Raise money for research, new treatments, cures and/or vaccines that would extend the lives of people living with HIV and cancer.
Net proceeds from the Foundation's fundraising efforts will be distributed as follows:
The Foundation's annual World AIDS Marathon: 100% to AIDS and cancer projects as noted on the Projects We Support webpage for Research, Living Aid and International.
The Foundation's annual 5K AIDS/Cancer Run/Walk: 100% to AIDS and cancer projects as noted on the Projects We Support webpage for AIDS and Cancer Projects in Long Island, New York. Toiletry/gift items will be collected for people living with HIV and or cancer, and toys will be collected for children living with cancer.
12th annual World AIDS Marathon on World AIDS Day, 2017, Kisumu, Kenya, plus providing medical care at 4 festive orphan dinner dances on November 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2017
6th annual Great Neck North High School co-ed faculty basketball game as part of March Madness, March 23, 2017.
9th annual 5K AIDS Cancer Run walk on June 12, 2016 (date to be confirmed). Only AIDS run or walk on Long Island
6th annual benefit concert at Backstage Nite Club (location to be confirmed) in Woodmere, December 2017 or January 2018. Retrofestivals.org and Allan Spielman organize the Event.
How and Why the Foundation Came Into Being
In 1997, Richard Brodsky was diagnosed HIV-positive. Later in 2002, Richard suffered a seizure whose root cause turned out to be brain cancer unrelated to his HIV. He then underwent months of treatment for that, recovering in time to run the 2003 New York Marathon. Upon completing the Marathon, it occurred to him that he owed his life to the excellent medical care we have here in the United States - and felt there was no good reason why people in poorer countries shouldn't be afforded the same type of care. Thus, the seeds of the Foundation were planted. Even though the Foundation had not yet received its non-profit status, in 2004 Richard organized the World AIDS Marathon in Mbita, Kenya, whose proceeds helped to partially fund an AIDS orphanage there.
The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation exists to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and Cancer, and to continue to provide outreach programs that impact the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and Cancer.
Fast forward to 2017, Richard has been running his fastest 5Ks ever and recently ran his fastest marathon since his cancer diagnosis. Says Richard, 'people can reverse their aging process, even those living with HIV and cancer." At age 63, he completed the July 24, 2016, Nova Scotia Marathon in a time of 03:53:30.
Richard M. Brodsky Foundation - PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation has partnered with the White House to become a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service. This National Award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, to help foster and encourage a culture of volunteer service and civic participation among Americans. We encourage everyone to get involved and to encourage your family, friends and neighbors to create opportunities to change our local and global community. Together, we can make difference one life at a time. Please contact us for more information about partnering with the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation.