1500 Meters for Mike
1500 Meters for Mike is a one-mile open water swim which squarely rests on two pillars – advocating and raising money for those living with brain trauma and to remember our friend Michael Heaney who passed away in 2013 after a long struggle with his own traumatic brain injuries.
For the past three years “1500 Meters for Mike” has been the largest open water swim along the New Jersey shoreline. In past years, a little over 600 swimmers braved the mild surf and temperate waters to swim for a noble cause. We cordially invite you to take part this year!
WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, September 17, 2016
9th Avenue and Ocean Avenue, Belmar Beach, NJ
7:00am Day of Registration Opens | 8:30am Race start
$25 to register (Pre-Registration)
$30 to register (Day Of)
ALL Proceeds will go to various brain trauma charities and next year’s race
CURIOUS AS TO HOW YOUR RACE FEE WILL HELP OTHERS IN NEED? READ THIS QUICK LETTER FROM THE BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE (Click Here for Full Letter):
Dear Sheila and the Meters for Mike team,
The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (the Alliance) is deeply honored to partner with Meters for Mike to help support people impacted by brain injury. We love being involved in such a meaningful and inspiring event in honor of your son, Michael.
The Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life after brain injury. Our mission is to support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury and raise awareness through education and prevention. Through the success of last year’s Meters for Mike event and your generous donors, the Alliance received $9,000 to help support people impacted by brain injury in the following ways:
• Providing scholarships for campers and supporting the recreation and social events at Camp TREK, August 2016. Camp TREK is a weeklong sleepaway camp for people whose lives were changed by brain injury. It also serves as respite for caregivers, who look forward to this week to relax and recharge. This year, members of the Meters for Mike team will volunteer at the camp, meet the campers and assist them with swimming. See photos below from last year.
• Assisting a 19 year old woman, who sustained a ruptured arteriovenous malformation (AVM), obtain the technology needed to communicate. This young woman sustained a severe injury, causing her to lose the ability to talk, walk or care for herself. She is currently in a long term care facility and our staff is working with the medical team to help purchase an eye gaze machine, which is not fully covered under insurance, but will allow her to communicate with her loved ones; something she has not been able to do in over a year.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I write this letter to thank you and your team for helping to support people impacted by brain injury. I hope it brings you peace knowing the extent that Michael’s memory and legacy are helping so many others. I look forward to meeting your team at Camp TREK and to another successful event on September 17th. Thank you.
Rita Steindlberger President & CEO
This is a letter sent by the Brain Injury Alliance to Mike’s Mom about your 2014 donations:
The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey is pleased to partner with “Meters for Mike” in honor of your son, Michael. His story is inspiring and motivational and I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support at last year’s event.
As you know, the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (the Alliance) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life after brain injury and offering the promise of a better tomorrow. Our mission is to support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury and raise awareness through education and prevention.
With your generous gift of $3,000 from Meters for Mike in 2014, the Alliance identified several needy individuals/families though our Family Support program and provided the following assistance:
• Hippotherapy (therapeutic horseback riding therapy) for a 9 year old girl who was diagnosed with encephalitis at 10 days old, which resulted in hemiparalegic cerebral palsy. Insurance does not cover her therapy, which her family says shows great improvement. We provided $1,000 paid directly to the therapeutic riding clinic for ongoing sessions.
• Assistance with medical bills for a 16 year old boy who sustained a right brain stroke at age 2 which left him multiple issues. The family is having a hard time keeping up with the medical bills associated with their son’s care. We paid $1,000 of the outstanding medical bills to assist the family.
• Psychotherapy for a 7 year old boy who sustained a brain injury as a result of a brain tumor. He is back in school and an excellent student, but is having some adjustment issues related to his physical impairments due to the tumor, surgery and radiation treatment. His insurance does not cover his psychotherapy sessions, which his family states are crucial to his well-being. We provided $1,000 paid directly to his therapist for ongoing sessions.
On behalf of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey and the families directly helped, I offer my sincere gratitude to you and the Meters for Mike team. Thank you for helping young people with brain injury and their families in honor of Michael. His legacy lives on through all the people who love him and continue to be inspired by his life, while helping others who have been impacted by brain injury. I wish you much success for this year’s event and we look forward to attending. Thank you.
President & CEO