CFA Members & Friends,
I would appreciate your help in honoring our fallen teammates…
There is nothing more important than our “Big Red” brothers and the bond we all share!
STAY SAFE & STAY TOGETHER!!,
Dan Leonard ‘79
Dear Friend and Fellow Cornellian,
On May 15, I plan to be among a group of Cornell teammates and friends, including Marty ('86) and Peg Rauch ('86), Lisa McHale ('89), Katy Craske Beltz ('89), Maureen Kilcullen, Stuart Tross ('88), Chad Levitt ('96), Tod ('88) and Cindy Wojciechowski, and Michael McHale ('20) in Tampa to run a virtual 5K to raise funds for Concussion Legacy Foundation.
We first learned of CTE and the impressive work of the Concussion Legacy Foundation when we lost our friend and teammate Tom McHale in May of 2008. Tom met his wife Lisa while at Cornell; and upon his death, Lisa dedicated herself to helping the foundation achieve its vision of a world without CTE and concussion safety without compromise.
In March of 2016, we lost another dear friend and teammate, Leo Reherman. He was just 49 years old. Though he died of natural causes, Leo, familiar with CTE due to his friendship with Tom and Lisa McHale, had told loved ones he wished for his brain to be donated, upon his death, to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. It was revealed that Leo too had been suffering from CTE.
More, recently, we learned that a third dear friend and Cornell teammate lost his life far too young. Dave Van Metre tragically died by suicide in April 2019. Tom, Leo, and Dave were all members of the 1985 team.
We ask that you join us in honoring these three great men. Please make a gift in their memory to CLF. If there's any chance you could join us in Tampa on May 15, we would love to have you join our running group. However, if that is not possible, you can still join our team by registering to run virtually on your own, or with fellow Cornellians.
Our initial goal was to collectively raise $13,000 to commemorate the 13 years since Tom McHale's passing and the incredible progress CLF has made in that time; that goal has now been raised to $50,000.
The Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. and Robert Cantu, M.D.
The Concussion Legacy Foundation's mission is to support athletes, Veterans, and all affected by concussions and CTE; achieve smarter sports and safer athletes through education and innovation; and to End CTE through prevention and research.
Thank you for your generous support of Team Cornell as we look to advance CLF's mission (and also beat the other Ivy League teams we're competing against).
If you'd like to join us in Tampa, please email Lisa McHale at firstname.lastname@example.org.