CPA Gerald Brin is working (and playing) hard to raise money for a cure for leukemia. This article was taken from the Microscope Newsletter (Winter 2011), part of the Leukemia Research Foundation website.
Gerald Brin of Mundelein, Ill. could be considered a million dollar man. He doesn’t see through walls, run faster than cars or bend steel rods for fun. But Gerry has bionic ability when it comes to raising money for blood cancer research – which certainly means a million to the LRF.
January 27, 2011, marks the departure date for the 26th Annual Ski for Research, which will take place in Beaver Creek, Colorado until February 1. Dozens of skiers will enjoy first-class accommodations for five nights at The Charter at Beaver Creek, a Naster Slalom Race, many meals, a group photo, and of course, skiing all day and into the night. Gerry has used his favorite sport to raise more than $1 million in memory of his nephew Alan, who was lost to leukemia in 1978. The funds that Gerry has raised contributes to the more than $6 million that the Donald Davidson – Alan Brin Memorial Chapter of the LRF has raised.
Gerry works on this event for most of the year leading up to it, arranging accommodations, making lessons available for those who want them, recruiting sponsors for the cause, and maintaining a relationship with the several hundred skiers who have joined him on the trip throughout the last 25 years – making sure they know his ultimate goal.
“I want to help find a cure for leukemia and put our Chapter and the LRF out of business. Survival rates have risen and treatments have improved greatly since 1978, but since we’re still skiing for research, the job’s not done yet.”– Gerry Brin
The LRF hopes that Gerry reaches his goal. Thanks Gerry for all that you’ve done to help find a cure for leukemia and the other blood cancers. His first $1 million has helped to produce better treatments and medications – and has led to thousands of lives saved. It is hoped that the next $1 million will result in the cure and financial support for all who will need that life-saving treatment.