This is Helene writing today because unfortunately this evening Brad lost his courageous  battle against this horrible disease. It is with great sadness that I must tell your that he passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by me and the kids.We are working on funeral details and will post once available. There are no words to describe how grateful we are for all of your devoted love and support.  We will always be #bradstrong. 

125 responses to “This is Helene writing today because unfortunately this evening Brad lost his courageous  battle against this horrible disease. It is with great sadness that I must tell your that he passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by me and the kids.We are working on funeral details and will post once available. There are no words to describe how grateful we are for all of your devoted love and support.  We will always be #bradstrong. 

  1. Our thoughts are with you and when we need encouragement or power to face life’s obstacles, we will draw strength from your and brad’s courage and focus. May his memory be only for a blessing. Sending hugs and lots of love!!!!! Robin and neal buchalter

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  2. Helene. I am so sorry. I wish I could say something that would alleviate the pain felt by your family. Please please please if there’s anything at all. We love you. Allie and Leslie Merkelson

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Lois Smit

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  4. Helene I am so sorry and we love you all. Brad was the ultimate fighter and taught all of us a lesson on courage and bravery. Lori Kaplan and family

  5. Helene, Victor and Ava – my heart is breaking for your loss. Brad was an unbelievable strong and courageous man, husband and father. May you find peace in knowing he is no longer in pain. I’m praying for all of you.

  6. Helene, words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Brad was the strongest person I know. Please know that there are so many people who love him, and you, Victor and Ava, and that we are all here for you in any way we can. Suzanne Tucker and family

  7. I am so sorry to hear of this sad news – we have and will continue to keep you all in our prayers – Peace !

  8. Reading his blogs gave me and countless others so much daily strength. What a unique brave Mentch. We are all blessed to have been inspired by Brad. I’m here for you if needed.

    Sending condolences, support and love to you and your children and extended family,

    Rabbi Solomon

  9. Thoughts, prayers and the love of my family are with you. Brad was an incredible human being and an inspiration. I’m better for having known him.

  10. Helene there are truly no words to express my sadness. I am so grateful and honored to have had the privilege to meet Brad and your beautiful family a year and a half ago, and read all of Brad’s incredible words. I’m thinking of you, Victor and Ava and sending my condolences, love and support to you and your family.

  11. Helene,
    We love you, Brad, and your entire family. We are so saddened by his passing. Stay strong. You have an amazing support network.

  12. We have been thinking of him, and you and your amazing kids every day. You are truly the most inspirational family we know, and we have learned from watching you go through this struggle with grace and strength. We are all fortunate for the time we knew Brad, please accept our most heartfelt condolences.
    Love from the Cortazzo Family

  13. We’re so sorry for your loss Helena, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Helene…I have followed Brad’s story since he began this journey. I cannot comprehend the level of your devastation. My heart goes out to you and your children. With sincerest condolences….Susan Streep

  15. The world lost one of the good guys today. I am so blessed to have known him. He has been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to me. My heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies are extended to you, Victor and Ava and the rest of your family and friends as you mourn your incredible loss.

  16. Helene
    this is so sad to hear. . .so sorry for your loss . . . .prayers and comfort are being to sent to you the kids and your family . .Lauren and Marc Vernick and Family

  17. Helene we were so sorry to hear this. Brad was a great man who was always one of my favorites and a winner in every phase of life in my book ! Pat and Sharon Foley

  18. I’m sorry for your loss god has another wonderful angle and he is now with no more pain.

  19. Helene… My heart is breaking knowing all that Brad has overcome. May he rest in peace & you and the kids eventually find happiness.

  20. Dear Helene:

    My deepest condolences to you and your children at Brad’s passing. I’m so very sorry to hear of it. I wish for you and them some of Brad’s abundant strength. He was a true inspiration.

    May his memory be a blessing.

    Cousin Jon Yellen

  21. We are thinking of you and the kids today. Brad was so brave and strong. I never knew a man who loved his family so much. Please know we are here for you. You will be in thoughts and prayers.
    Much love, Katy and Dave Brown

  22. I am so stunned and so very sorry for this outcome! If anyone could beat this, my money was on Brad and his optimism! While the story line was hideous, I always enjoyed reading Brad’s inspirational messages and his true eloquence in expressing himself. My thoughts and prayers are with you Helene. God Bless you all!

  23. Dear Helene. Although we have never met I feel like I know you and your family. I grew up with brad in glencoe. I have been following his journey on this blog and have never encountered anyone more positive, strong or courageous. Brad truly was and is an inspiration to all who knew him. I am so sorry for your enormous loss. I am thinking of you and your family during this incredibly difficult time. Holly Mandel Sherr

  24. So sorry. A very special person, that we loved. He will be greatly missed.

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  25. my deepest sympathy to you all….Brad was so strong as are you all…..my thoughts and prayers are with you all…..Caren Goldberg

  26. I’m so sorry and heartbroken to hear this… He was such a fighter and he loved you all beyond words…. I have immense respect for him and all he stood for… Praying for you all.

  27. Helene I am so sorry for your loss. The courage and amazing attitude that Brad conveyed made him an inspiration to so many people. Please accept our most sincere condolences. Julie & Scott Werner

  28. Our thoughts and prayers are with your amazing family. The entire MMRF family is so saddened.

  29. Helene, my deepest sympathy. My heart is broken for you and your family. Brad has been my inspiration since the day I met him. He will always be in my thoughts.

  30. The news is sooo soooo sad. The whole family has been courageous . My heart is with yo all. Ronnie Levine, friend of Natalie

  31. Dear Helene,
    I am saddend to hear this news. What a courageous battle he fought! Brad has been and will conintinue to be an inspiration to me and so many others. April and I send our love to you, Victor and Ava.

  32. We are so so saddened by Brad’s passing. His smile, laughter and determination is what we will remember. We were blessed to have had him as our friend. We love you, Victor and Ava. We know that Brad is watching over you- he and his love lives on forever! All our love- Anita, Mitch, Camden, Lleyton and Aylinn

  33. Helene,
    You and your family are in my thoughts. Brad will always be an inspiration to those who knew him.
    Love,
    Robin Brous

  34. Everyones heart is broken. He was such a fighter & a bright light in the night. Our prayers are with you & your family.

  35. Brad was my good buddy in childhood. He was a leader – in sports, in class, and in social situations. He was confident no matter the situation. He spread his wings and moved on in life and created so much GOOD. I wish YOU – his family sincere strength – because you are SPECIAL – you made his life even better.

  36. Helene, Victor, and Ava – I cannot imagine the loss you are feeling. Brad’s courage and kindness will always be an inspiration to all those who new him. What an incredible husband, father and friend. He will be missed so much each and every day. We are here for you anytime you need us. We love you.
    Love, The Bebels

  37. Helene-

    I’m so incredibly sorry for you and your kids. No words can capture such a profound loss. I’m so devastated for you. I don’t know anyone who fought harder than Brad and had a better partner. I love you so much and know you are surrounded by so much support, but please know Dave and I are here for you for anything. My thoughts are with you and your kids more than you will ever know.

    My deepest sympathy,

    Jess

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  38. Helene,
    Although I’ve never met you, Brad or your children I have been following Brad’s inspirational blog for the last 2 + years. My husband was also diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in his early 40’s about five months after Brad’s diagnosis. We also have 2 children and have been through the stem cell transplant process. Your family and Brad’s blog have been so uplifting and inspirational to so many of us. Brad’s looking for silver linings in his life and holding his precious family so close gave us all hope even when I know some days were terribly difficult for him, you, and your family. Your family video particularly touched me for it is not only Brad who fought a hard and courageous battle against cancer but also you and your children. I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you to Brad and you for allowing the rest of us to have a window into your challenges and hopefulness. Peace be with you and God bless you!

  39. Helene, Victor and Ava – our hearts are breaking for you. He fought with everything he had and is such an inspiration. He’ll be sitting in the ‘cat-bird seat’ watching over you all. Love and prayers, The Compostos

  40. Helene, Victor and Ava – we are so sorry for your loss. There are no words. Brad was an amazing individual. Brad is an inspiration. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  41. My deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please let me know! All my love, Cheryl

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  42. Helene – We are so very sad. Sending you love and strength to get through each day bradstrong.
    Xo Stef and rich Wichansky

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