Stroke Survivor Watches Loved Ones Run In Honor of Him

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 05/25 2014 05:25PM

Updated 05/25 2014 08:48PM


Sunday’s KeyBank Vermont City Marathon held a very personal meaning for a Westchester County, New York family running in honor of their loved one who's marathon of recovery continues.

They "Ran 4 Brad."

Brad Berman is a father, a husband and a son. He is also an avid runner. He finished the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in 2011.

But in August, Brad experienced what he calls, the most intense headache of his life.

That headache ended up being a stroke.

And after a month-long coma and a few more months in the hospital, Brad is now on the road to recovery.

His brother Dave, a Burlington resident, Brad’s wife, Jessica, sister-in-law Vanessa and other family and friends ran the race on Sunday in honor of him.

Brad says his body is getting better every day.

“It's improving. I mean, all the progress is slow, but steady. So it's encouraging,” said Brad Berman. “My family, my wife, my parents, my brother have been amazing. Our community has been incredible with us, with my kids."

Brad had been training for the New York Marathon before his stroke. His goal is to lace up his sneakers again and start running.

Brad's community has raised $250,000 for state-of-the-art equipment at his rehab hospital in New York.

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