Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation

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Bryon Riesch

Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation

P. O. Box 1388, Waukesha

(262) 391-1533|

Facebook: bryonrieschparalysisfoundation

Year founded: 2001

Mission statement: The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation’s goal is to find a cure for paralysis through funding the latest in medical research, and to provide assistance to those that suffer from neurological disorders.

Primary focus: The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation has been serving people with spinal cord injuries, paralysis and neurological disorders since 2001, having raised $5 million since then. The foundation supports three main programs: charitable grants for individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders; research to help find a cure for paralysis; and scholarships for individuals suffering from paralysis or those who have a parent dealing with a neurological disorder.

Other focuses: Education about paralysis and speaking engagements to talk about paralysis and the BRPF.

Employees at this location: Two

Executive leadership: Brad Schlaikowski, co-founder and executive director

Key donors: West Bend Mutual Insurance, Crawford Evaluation, Medical College of Wisconsin, ProHealth Care, InPro, Secura Insurance, Acuity Insurance, Marquette University, R&R Insurance, Inlanta, KS Energy Services, Meijer, Roell Capital Investments, R.W. Baird, IVEC, Sikich, WaterStone Mortgage, Ventura Foods, Harley-Davidson.

Board of directors: Don Levings, Terry Jannsen, Cindy Bassett, Janet Curtis, Julie Crawford, Dan Knapp, Tim Noonan, Nick Loughrin, Kristin Freiberg, Lori Willkom, David Crawford, Lori Bruss, Ken Riesch and Carolyn Hahn.

Is your organization actively seeking board members for the upcoming term? Yes.

What roles are you looking to fill? The BRPF would assess the best fit given their background.

Ways the business community can help: Sponsor events; get teams to attend and participate in events; ask the BRPF to participate in a lunch and learn; designate BRPF as the recipient of a casual day fundraiser; volunteer for events.

Key fundraising events: Team Challenge event on March 2 at Elite Fitness; This is How We Roll Fashion Show on April 7 at Ingleside Inn in Waukesha; 20th Annual BRPF Golf Outing on June 3 at Silver Spring Golf Club; Kayak 4 a Cure on June 23 in Oconomowoc; 10th Annual Bryon’s Run/Walk/Roll to Cure Paralysis on Oct. 6 at Carroll University.

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