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Bryon's Run To Cure Paralysis and Waterstone Mortgage

October 10, 2017
Annual Bryon's Run/Walk/Roll To Cure Paralysis

Last weekend, we proudly served as an Ambassador Sponsor at Bryon’s 5K Run/Walk/Roll to Cure Paralysis. The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation has been partnering with Carroll University for eight years now to host an annual run/walk/roll to raise money and awareness for those living with paralysis.

Bryon Riesch was in an accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down in the spring of 1998. Just three short years later, with the help of friends and family, he established the BRPF to help find a cure for paralysis.

Tom Knapp, our Chief Information Officer, has a special connection to the Riesch family: they’re neighbors, and Bryon’s sister Stephanie is married to Tom’s son Dan. Tom has known Bryon his whole life and has watched him make great strides over the years. “I have seen Bryon respond to the challenges of having a spinal cord injury, which he incurred while in college, become a very positive role model, and establish the BRPF, which has helped individuals in Southeast Wisconsin and beyond,” Tom said.

Waterstone Mortgage employees take a selfie at the annual Bryon's Run/Walk/Roll To Cure Paralysis event

Today, the BRPF has raised more than $4 million to contribute to finding a cure for paralysis, and his neighbor couldn’t be prouder.

“Bryon Riesch and the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation have achieved amazing results in funding research to cure paralysis, and supporting individuals who suffer from neurological disorders,” Tom said. “Research directly funded by BRPF has already produced tangible results that are improving outcomes for those who have suffered from a spinal cord injury.”