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My Story…

We are 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 VanMetre 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.

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Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Apr 22 Pete and Carol Noyes In honor of three great players, leaders, and teammates of the Big Red Football Team of 1985 $200.00
Apr 22 Dominic Valdner $268.47
Apr 21 Randy Shayler In honor of three, in support of many. This is a noble effort and a necessary cause. $536.02
Apr 21 Coach Jared Backus and wife Amanda In memory of those affected and lost and the continued pursuit of understanding and prevention of CTE, we make our donation. Undisclosed amount
Apr 21 Thomas Bernardo '86 Three great teammates. It was an honor to be on that '85 squad with these warriors. Their powerful presence and leadership was felt by all. $536.02