(847) 372-7429 cb@brennanrehabfoundation.org 1020 Walden Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Save the Date! 2022 Annual Meeting and Socrates Award Presentation

The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation’s 2022 Board and Advisory Board meeting will be held Sunday, February 20th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette , IL.

This event will include a presentation by Monica A. Perez, PT, PhD. — Scientific Chair, Arms and Hands AbilityLab (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) & Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine Research Scientist, Hines VA.)

Dr. Perez received a Ph.D. in physical therapy from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She attended the University of Copenhagen as a post-doctoral fellow where she studied transmission in spinal cord networks. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Human Motor Human Cortical Physiology and Stroke Neurorehabilitation Section at the National Institutes of Health, where she focused on studies of cortical physiology and plasticity. Her main research interests are in understanding how the brain and spinal cord contribute to the control of voluntary movements in healthy humans and in individuals with spinal cord injury. She uses this mechanistic knowledge to develop rehabilitation therapies following CNS damage.

Guests will be treated to an update on her research, new therapies being utilized for cervical injuries and presentation of the 2021 Socrates winners. An invitation covering this event will be published, shortly. Please save the date!

Giving Tuesday 2021

Dear Supporters,

The Double Down on Disabilities Fund is holding a “Giving Tuesday” event this November 30th and we need your help.

We have a goal to raise $75,000 from Giving Tuesday through the end of the year to help Socrates grant winners on their recovery journey from high cervical injury causing tetraplegia. A donation is truly meaningful and your support is essential in boosting our work of providing these individuals with economic resources for therapy, equipment, prescriptions and in-home care.

Here is how you can get ready to give:

  1. Mark your calendar: November 30th is Giving Tuesday 2020.
  2. Give. From November 30th until the end of the year, click here to donate.
  3. Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on November 30th by sharing what The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation and it’s Double Down On Disabilities Fund means to you and why you support our organization. Make sure to use the donate button or send your check to The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation at 1020 Walden Lane, Lake Forest, IL. 60045.

Please consider making a gift. Your kindness and generosity will help us continue to provide access to unique opportunities for our Socrates Winners with medical grants focused on improving treatment of cervical neck injuries. The Foundation works closely with the following entities; Rush Medical Center, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Froedtert in Milwaukee. 

Several Board and Advisory Board members have signed up for various medical studies being performed at these institutions. All studies are focused on improving the physical and mental damage caused by a debilitating cervical neck injury. 

Lastly, The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation is an all volunteer organization which means 100% of your donation is spent on the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation is a 501C3 whose tax identification number is 84-3922164.

2021 Casino Night

On Friday, November 5th, the Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation held a successful Casino Night raising money for it’s Double Down on Disabilities Fund.

Approximately 100 individuals enjoyed cocktails and hor d’oevers at Sunset Ridge Country Club. People were entertained with five black jacket tables, one craps table, one poker table and a golf simulator.

In addition to participating in casino games, patrons also had the opportunity to enter two golf contests. One was a par 3 contest for the opportunity to win $10,500. The second was a golf raffle for a chance to win a Ferrari Roma provided by Mancuso Ferrari worth $250,000. Spoiler alert! The raffle winner did not win the Ferrari this year, but did receive a Ferrari performance watch from Mancuso as a conciliation prize.

Everyone enjoyed gambling for three hours. Individual winners use their casino winnings to bid on prizes obtained from ABT Electronics. The event was sponsored  by Lake Forest Bank and Trust and Hill and Stone Insurance. Approximately, 10,000 dollars were raised during the evening.

2021 Wild Miles Wheelchair Race

Annual Wild Miles Wheelchair Race (3k), Fun Run (5k) and Costume Contest Details Announced; Sponsorship Opportunities Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Christopher Brennan
Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation
847-372-7429
cjb1133@gmail.com
Click here to Download Event Information Sheet

Mark your calendar for September 4th! The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation’s First Annual Wild Miles Wheelchair Race & Fun Run is ready to roll.

RACE/COSTUME EVENT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
BRONZE – $100 (help make event possible!)
SILVER – $250 (costume event sponsor!)
GOLD – $500 (largest logo on race T-shirt!)

Date: Saturday, September, 4th
Location: Conway Parkway in Lake Forest, IL (The races will be on Field Drive with the start and finish near the new Forester’s Hotel, 200 N. Field Dr, Lake Forest, IL. 60045)
Registration: 8:30-10AM (On Site)
Race: 10:30AM
Costume prize: ~11:30AM
Entry: Adults $35.00, Students $20, Children < 12 are free!
Lunch: ~11:30AM
Award Ceremony: During/After lunch

Winners of the wheelchair race, fun run and best costume wheelchair event will receive cash prizes of $500 each!

Proceeds of this event go to the Double Down on Disabilities fund which provides monetary grants to individuals who have suffered a high cervical injury causing tetraplegia. Grants are used for medical equipment, prescriptions, therapy and in-home services.

About

The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation is a 501c3 charitable foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois (501-C3 EIN: 84-3922164). The Foundation is committed to helping individuals, who have suffered cervical spinal injuries causing physical and cognitive disabilities, and their families and communities, by providing financial resources to help ensure a continuum of rehabilitation resources and provide opportunities for individuals to ultimately reach optimal health and independence. Please visit www.brennanrehabfoundation.org to learn more about donation opportunities and future fundraising events.

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April 2021 Update

Dear Friends of the Foundation,

The year 2021, has started out similar to 2020. Things continue to be very tough on charities and our foundation is no exception. Our Board and Advisory Board meeting scheduled in February had to be moved due to Covid-19 and has been rescheduled for 4PM-6PM on Sunday, May 23rd at Sunset Ridge Country Club. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Brennan and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Stewart are event hosts. The Stewarts we thank as our event sponsor, as well!

2020 Socrates Award Grants Announced

Five Inspiring Tetraplegics Awarded Lifetime Grants from Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation

The Socrates Award recognizes individuals who have overcome disability with annual grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Christopher Brennan
Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation
847-372-7429
cjb1133@gmail.com
Click here to Download Press Release

CHICAGO – February 18, 2021 – Every year in the U.S., an estimated 17,000 people survive a spinal cord injury. While treatment and follow-up care varies according to the severity of the injury, medical expenses can easily exceed $500,000 in the first year alone.

These staggering costs have inspired the Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation to create the Socrates Award, a lifetime cash grant to provide tetraplegics, individuals with paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso, with economic resources for therapy, equipment, prescriptions, and in-home care.

This year, five recipients have been selected to receive the Socrates Award for their efforts in working to achieve personal success while pursuing the daily grind of physical rehabilitation and recovery:

  • ADAM CRAIG (Wauwatosa, WI) experienced a horrific diving accident in 2018 that left him paralyzed from just below the shoulders to his feet. Adam is beating the odds on his recovery as a C4 Complete Tetraplegia – he can breathe on his own, cough on his own and is slowly regaining bicep and tricep function.
  • MYA LYNN (Chicago, IL) suffered three gunshot wounds during a kidnapping that left her a quadriplegic. She later identified the three people responsible for the attack, leading to a conviction for her attempted murder and kidnapping. Mya recently represented the State of Illinois in the Ms. Wheelchair America Inc. competition as Ms. Wheelchair Illinois 2020, and uses her platform to raise awareness around the connection between addiction and disability.
  • BRYON RIESCH (Milwaukee, WI) was left paralyzed from the chest down, with limited use of his arms after a devastating accident in 1998. After graduating from Marquette University, Bryon started a career in IT and established the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation. Since 2001, the foundation has raised over $4 million to fund medical research to find a cure for paralysis.   
  • REVECA TORRES (Palatine, IL) was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. Shortly after, she attended Harper College where she became the first student using a wheelchair to complete the fashion design degree. She continued her education at the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts. Today, Reveca is an artist who uses painting, illustration, photography, film, movement, and other media as a form of expression and a tool for advocacy and social justice. She started a nonprofit organization called BACKBONES that provides one-on-one support for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
  • DAN TSUTSUMI (Arlington Heights, IL) after returning home from eight years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he suffered a traumatic accident in Lake Michigan in 2012 that has left him in a quadriplegic condition. He is waging the biggest battle of his young life as he fights to recover and walk again.

Since 2018, the Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation annually recognizes the accomplishments of individual tetraplegics through the Socrates award. The award was originally created by Christopher Brennan, Chairman of the Foundation, during his tenure in sports media, and his father, Terry Brennan, a former head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, to honor collegiate athletes who achieved a combination of athletic and academic success. The award embodies the mantra of the Socrates creed, generally derived from the Latin phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” which translates to “Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body.”

“After personally suffering a spinal cord injury, the Socrates creed took on a profound meaning for me,” says Christopher Brennan. “I am honored to award these individuals who recognize that like a sport, life itself is full of incredible highs and frustrating lows, and that the daily pursuit of ‘a healthy mind’ and ‘a healthy body’ in the face of adversity is the true testament of one’s character.”

This year, the Socrates Award recipients will each receive a $1,000 grant and the Foundation anticipates that number to continue to grow in tandem with the organization’s fundraising efforts and events. The honorees, as well as past awardees, will be recognized at the Annual Board and Advisory Board meeting on May 23, 2021 at Sunset Ridge Country Club, pending COVID-19 restrictions.  

About

The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation is a 501c3 charitable foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois. The Foundation is committed to helping individuals, who have suffered cervical spinal injuries causing physical and cognitive disabilities, and their families and communities, by providing financial resources to help ensure a continuum of rehabilitation resources and provide opportunities for individuals to ultimately reach optimal health and independence. Please visit www.brennanrehabfoundation.org to learn more about donation opportunities and future fundraising events.

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Giving Tuesday 2020

Dear Supporters,

The Double Down on Disabilities Fund is holding a “Giving Tuesday” event this December and we need your help.

We have a goal to raise $25,000 from Giving Tuesday through the end of the year to help Socrates grant winners on their recovery journey from high cervical injury causing tetraplegia. This donation is truly meaningful and your support is essential in boosting our work of providing these individuals with economic resources for therapy, equipment, prescriptions and in-home care.

Here is how you can get ready to give:

  1. Mark your calendar: December 1st is Giving Tuesday 2020.
  2. Give. From December 1st until the end of the year, click here to donate.
  3. Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on December 1st by sharing what The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation and it’s Double Down On Disabilities Fund means to you and why you support our organization. Make sure to use the donate button or send your check to The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation at 1020 Walden Lane, Lake Forest, IL. 60045.

Please consider making a gift. Your kindness and generosity will help us continue to provide access to unique opportunities for our Socrates Winners and medical grants that are focused on improving the treatment of cervical neck injuries. We work closely with the following entities; Rush Medical Center, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Froedtert in Milwaukee. 

Lastly, several Board and Advisory Board members have signed up for various medical studies being performed at these institutions. All studies are focused on improving the physical and mental damage caused by a debilitating cervical neck injury. 

Chris Brennan is involved in research using electrical current to help stimulate muscle and nerves responses in his legs
Chris Block using the LOCO-mat to stimulate legs muscles

Unfortunately, the pandemic had eliminated our fund raising events during the year however Giving Tuesday allows everyone an opportunity to make a donation for the 2020.

The pandemic’s painful reality requires us to isolate from one another, but, allows everyone to donate together on Tuesday!!

P.S. Many employers match their employees’ charitable gifts. Check to see if your employer offers this benefit to increase your impact on this Event. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, The Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation depends on donors like you to advance our vocation. The Socrates Award is given to an individual who is three years post cervical neck injury and exhibits the will to improve their “Mind and Body” while re-engaging as a productive person in society.
The Foundation wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Regards,
Ryan Brennan
Chairman, Fund Raising Committee

October 2020 Update

Dear Friends of the Foundation,

The purpose of this email is to update you on the progress of our foundation. The year 2020, has been very tough on charities and our foundation is no exception. Unfortunately, after our initial Board and Advisory Board gathering in February, the rest of our 2020 events were canceled due to Covid-19 concerns.

June 2020 Update

Hello!

First and foremost, my sincere hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our country is experiencing uncertain times with Covid-19, riots, protests and the shelter-in-place orders which has been tough on everyone. However, this is a good time to reflect on how a tetraplegic lives each and every day with non-governmental limits but health and physical limits.