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. Helene, Victor & Ava,
    Our hearts are so heavy in hearing about Brad’s passing. He was truly a remarkable person in how he lived his life and courageous enough to have shared it with all of us. He undoubtedly has helped many through his blog and will continue to do so forever.
    His strength, determination, zest for life, love for you and the kids is how we will remember him. #BRADSTRONG
    Sending much love now and always – Jennifer, Doug, Siena + Sophie

  2. I am so happy that I had a chance to work with Brad and enjoy him healthy and full of life – and had a chance to follow his courageous battle. I am broken hearted to hear that he is gone. He was such a great man, a positive fighter and he is leaving a strong legacy! He will never be forgotten. Prayers for you all during this time.

    Candace Roane (Wachovia/Wells Fargo)

  3. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. You were all Bradstrong and together fought a two year battle. Your strength and continued hope was an inspiration to all of us that have followed his blogs. May he rest in peace. Fondly, a
    Alicia & Stan Lipetz

  4. I told many of his blog. He touched the lives of many. I never got the chance to meet him but I feel as if I have known him forever. I will remember him forever. May his strength he has given to many be your families strength going forward. I will pray for your family. Cancer may have taken his body but his soul strongly marches on.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss – thinking about you and the kids and Alyssa sends her love to Ava. Thoughts and prayers are with you. xoxo

  6. Helene, Victor, and Ava,

    I am so sad to hear of your husband and father’s passing. I’m thinking of you all and praying for you right now.

  7. Helene, Victor and Ava: We are so very sad for your loss and we are sending you love and strength. We are grateful for having known him and will never forget him, he was such an inspiration. We love you all- Wendi , Chris , Jenna and Ryan Manderioli xo

  8. We are praying and thinking of you, Victor, Ava and your family. Brad was a remarkable and inspiring person and his beautiful writing has touched so many and made us all better, more positive, caring people. God bless.

  9. I am so sorry for your great lost. From his posts one can sense what a brave individual he was. I did not know him personally, just followed his blogs as I to have Multiple Myleoma.

  10. From our family to yours we are so sorry for your loss. A few of us on Friday evening were just talking about Brad and how amazing and strong he has been throughout this fight. It was shocking to hear of the news this evening.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.
    The Kopolow’s – Aaron, Dianna, Alexa and Matt

  11. Our hearts and prayers go out to you Helene, and Victor & Ava. So very sorry to hear that Brad has lost his brave battle.

  12. Dear Mrs Coustan, Ava&Victor, I am so very sorry to learn of your husband & dad’s passing. Please know that you are in my prayers. Love, Mrs Ince

  13. My heart is aching so for a very dear man and his wonderful family.My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you.

  14. Helene,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time . My deepest sympathy to you, Victor and Ava.
    Debbie Hinkel

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. Brad was such an inspiration to all of us. My thoughts are with you, Victor and Ava.

  16. Dear Helene, Victor and Ava, we are so sorry for your family’s loss. Brad’s blogs of incredible words and inspirational messages has left such a strong impact on so many people. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, the Boll Family

  17. Helene, Victor & Ava –

    So saddened to hear this news. Thinking of you all — know you learned to be strong from the best of them. You are on our minds and in our prayers.

    Rebecca, Paul, Julia and Evan

  18. Helene,
    Thinking about you and your kids at this difficult time. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers. Marissa xo

  19. Thank you Brad, Helene, Victor, and Ava for living with so much courage and for showing me the way — Brad your light will shine on! In honor of Brad I will end this post with Brad’s famous quote; “It’s a Great Day to Fight Cancer”.

    #SayItFightItCureIt #StupidCancer #GetBusyLiving #DontGiveUpDontEverGiveUp #MultipleMyeloma #MMSM #ImagineMovingForward #IMF #MMRF #BradStrong

  20. We are thinking of all of you and are so sad to hear this news. He was a fighter and such a courageous man. May he always live in all of our hearts and may we never stop searching for a cure.

  21. Dear Helene,
    I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Brad was a strong, loving husband and dad. You are all in my prayers.
    Much love,
    Eileen Cambria

  22. Dear Helene, Victor and Ava,
    So so heartbroken to hear of Brad’s passing. Brad’s courage,
    your beautiful family’s love for one another and strength has been an inspiration to us all. Please know we are here for you. Our deepest condolences,
    Donna, Mike, Dan, Jonny & Michelle

  23. So grateful to have shared part of my life with Brad and to have witnessed the love, inspiration and courage that radiated from your beautiful family throughout this journey. We will miss our old familiar ways with him, but he will be in our hearts always. We’re here for you. Sending so much love…

  24. Helen…I never had the chance to meet you but I just want you to know how much I respect your husband. I distinctly remember a drive he and I took together from Seattle to Port Angeles together. Two guys in a car for hours. He talked a lot about you, his family, youth football and work / life balance. What impressed me the most about him was that he deeply loved you and his kids. Time on the road away from you guys was a sacrifice. You can’t fake longing…and when he talked about you and his kids, there was depth. He was a genuinely good man in a business where genuinely good men are rare. When I was about to potentially begin a role as an external wholesaler, he wouldn’t consider hiring me until he met my wife. He took us both to dinner and wanted to make sure that my wife was ok with me on the road. He cared about my marriage and was willing to take the extra time and effort to ensure that not only could I do the job but that my wife would be ok while I was away. Only in hindsight do I see the wisdom and tenderness of what he was doing.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I am praying that our great God will be very near to you, that he will surround you with peace and give you the grace to grieve but to grieve as one who has hope.

    Brian.

  25. Helene! Am so very sad tonight for you and your family! The loss must be so deep and fresh for you right at this very moment. There are no words that can truly help ease your pain – the key will be the magic of time!
    I have one cheesy quote that I do believe to be true- ” it is better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all…”
    You are an incredibly brave and strong woman and you will stand tall during even the most tragic of times!!
    We are sending all our love and prayers for Brad now up in heaven where the rainbows sparkle and the sun shines happiness and peace eternally !
    Much love
    Bonnie and Matt

  26. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Brad’s courage and strength were inspirational.
    The Culkin Family

  27. Dear Helene,
    I’m so sorry & incredibly sad to hear about Brad’s passing. Through his blogs I was always so inspired by his zest for life & his courage to battle this horrible disease. My heart goes out to you and your children & you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Alysse, Ricardo, Jakob & Bennet

  28. Helene, Leslie called me earlier with this sad, sad news. Even when he was so sick, Brad was the bravest, most upbeat person. He has left his children and you an incredible legacy of love and courage. My heart aches for all of you and I know you are #bradstrong. Love , Judy B

  29. Our hearts go out to you, your children and your family. Brad’s fight was truly inspirational. We will remember his strength and courage always. Love you.

  30. Helene, Victor and Ava- we were sitting at the Maccabi games. My boys weren’t being played, and were grouchy to put it mildly. Brad was the person trying to make it right, to cheer them up, and lift their spirits. Brad was uplifting and extraordinary; he was someone that always greeted you with a smile and warmth. He told me fought for time; time with you three. He battled this horrible disease with every fibre of his being. Helene, I am here for you always. Baruch Dayan Emet.
    Marlene, David, Matt, Ethan and Jake White

  31. Helene, Victor and Ava, our hearts are breaking for you all, but what consolation to know how much Brad adored each of you. Many prayers to your family.xo

  32. My heart goes out to your family! Brad was amazing person and he will be missed. Praying for you and the children.

    Paula turner

  33. Helene, Ava, & Victor,

    I’m so sad about Brad’s passing. He lived with love and fought with bravery. I always admired his honesty and desire to educate others about this terrible disease. My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.
    Love,
    Matt Pask

  34. Helene,
    Our condolences and love to you, Ava and Victor. I was and will always be inspired by Brads courage, fight and am grateful to him for having selflessly shared.

  35. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ava and Victor tonight. I wish I was fortunate enough to have met Brad, but I can tell you Michaela felt blessed to have met him recently. Ava has a team full of big sisters who love her and will do anything for her 🙂 Sending you lots of love.
    Christine

  36. I am in shock ! He tried so hard to beat this. . My heart goes out to you and your children. He will not be forgotten. My thoughts of loving peace are with you tonight .

  37. Helene-Thank you for letting us know of Brad’s passing and your loss. Know that he loved you and your children dearly. I send all of you love and strength as you move through the coming days and weeks.

  38. I am so saddened to hear the news of Bradley’s passing. He remained strong until the end, May his memory be for a blessing

  39. There is an ultimate silver lining. Brad touched so many people and his influence and memory will be enduring. He had such a zest for life. My condolences to you, Helene, and the kids.

  40. We are heartbroken to receive this news. Brad’s courage and your family’s dedication to one another have been and will continue to be a tremendous inspiration to us. We send you love, strength + peace.
    Stephan, Charlotte, Maxwell & Ella Dolling

  41. To the Coustan family,
    Sorry to hear about the loss of Brad, as you can see he touched many of us. I had the opportunity to connect with Brad a few times at our industry conferences. He was always so sincere, classy, positive and always felt connected with him. He leaves a legacy of wonderful people that will be a part of him that continues on. He will be truly missed!

    David Fujita

  42. Helene, Doug, Alec and I were all deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Brad’s passing. Though we are far in distance, your family has always held a special place in our hearts, and we have held Brad, you and kids in our thoughts and prayers throughout this epic battle. We have such fond memories of the times we spent with you all in Minnesota, and will especially cherish them now. Please know that our love and condolences are with you. Hugs and tears, Lori

    Sent from my iPhone

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  43. Helene, Victor, and Ava,
    We are heartbroken to learn about Brad’s passing. No matter what came his way he never stopped fighting to be there for all of you. He was so inspirational and his positivity was tremendous. He truly was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. We are all here for you and hope all the memories your family has created will continue to give you strength. Love, The O’Connor Family

  44. Sorry to hear this I followed his battle ,I also am Jersey guy 66 with MM
    Since 1/10/10 please Stay Strong your hubby was a true hero in my eyes!

  45. Helene – we are so sorry for the loss of Brad. He was an amazing inspiration and courageous man. We feel blessed that we had the chance to get to know him. Please know we are here if you, Victor or Ava need anything. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Karen and TJ

  46. Helene, I am so very sorry to hear this news. Though we never met, please know that I will have you and your kids in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time. I knew Brad well, years ago, at summer camp. We reconnected through this blog and as others have said, his words acted as a constant reminder of the fragility of life and how man’s spirit is strong. I will keep him always in my memory as I knew him; young, healthy, vibrant and showing an ever-present, enormous smile. Much love, from Susan (Silver) Hagstrom

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