My beloved baby brother Sam Waisbren passed away after a tragic elevator failure on his way to work in New York City.
I can't express how much I loved him and how devastating this is. The surreal nature of it all is compounded by the immense media attention including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, CBS 58
, the New York Times
, the Today Show
and much more.
Sam would have wanted funds raised in his memory to support an effort that was one of the most defining experiences in his life.
Our father started a youth basketball team in an underserved community in Milwaukee out of the Northcott Community Center when Sam was 9. For the next seven years, Sam and his teammates played weekly tournaments throughout Wisconsin, including winning the state AAU championship in 2003. Through the team, Sam developed lasting meaningful friendships with children from the north side of Milwaukee with whom he otherwise would not have crossed paths. He often reflected on how important this experience was in his development and outlook on the world.
There is no legacy Sam would have loved more than his passing leading to revitalized support for this kind of constructive after-school program.
I was and will always be Sam’s big brother, which is a badge of honor I wear with the greatest pride. Likewise our whole family couldn't be more deeply appreciative of everyone who loved Sam who are supporting us during this unspeakably hard time.