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Jerry Wolkowitz Memorial Fund

$18,476 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 223 people in 6 months
Created June 2, 2018
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On May 1, 2018, Jerry was the victim of a horrific act of violence.  The perpetrator viciously beat him and then ran over his body with his car, leaving him for dead.  Jerry's injuries were numerous and included having all his ribs broken, his pelvis crushed, his shoulder broken, and has been left in a coma and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. 

But let me talk about Jerry. Jerry is a reporter, a writer, a first aid volunteer, a dedicated worker, a wonderful friend, and a devoted family man with a loving fiance. Jerry loves cats and captures many special pictures of his precious Misu.  Jerry spent his life dedicated to helping others and has touched so many lives as a volunteer for the Freehold First Aid Squad, a reporter for the Asbury Park Press and The News Transcript, a driver for SAS Ambulance, and so much more. He is kind-hearted and highly devoted to his family and friends.  He is kind-hearted, has a great sense of humor, and is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.   

We are extremely grateful for the huge outpouring of love and support from family and friends.  Many people have been asking how they can help. Our goal for this campaign is to help cover some of the incurring costs of Jerry's medical and legal expenses and other expenses that are quickly incurring.

To this very day, Jerry remains in a persistent vegetative state.  The essence that was uniquely Jerry Wolkowitz has been ripped away from his friends, family, co-workers, and his beloved Peggy.  We ask that you stand together with us in order to help Jerry and also to show solidarity for supporting love and not hate. 

Please consider helping us to help Jerry, and keep Jerry in your thoughts and prayers. If you feel it is Ok, please share this page on social media. 

God Bless All!

RIP my dearest gentle soul, my better half, my twin brother.
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What is the worth of one person? I asked that very question as I sat watching the beautiful funeral of George Bush. Is worth measured by what you have done for others, or to others? Is it based on how many people knew of you, or actually knew you? Is it a list of personal accomplishments, or is it the impact you have had on one person at a time? I truly believe you cannot put a worth on a person’s life - as worth is not measured in tasks or accomplishments but in moments, in smiles, and in memories. It is the reflection you see back in those who had been touched by his/her love.

My brother, Jerry, was a very kind and gentle soul. He did not have the fanfare of George Bush, but did have an incredible salute from his fellow first aide squad members. He did not have a flag at half mass, but he did have an outpouring of love from people he had not seen in many years. He did not have CNN televising his story, but did have the people he cared about remember him.

And now I am asking for you to remember him one more time. I am extremely frustrated and angry to say that we are still waiting for a trial date for his murderer to be brought to justice. As there are no more stories in the news about Jerry, there is no catalyst to bring the justice we seek quickly. PLEASE consider helping us by spreading the word, in any way you can, that we are still waiting to have justice served!! We need to talk FOR Jerry so he will not be another forgotten story, another forgotten murder, and another forgotten victim of the latest hate crime.
#justicefor jerryw Thank you.
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My friends, it was one month ago that we buried a good man, a gentle man, a caring man. Only one month since we said goodbye to our dear Jerry; a man who could not wait to care for stray cats, route for his losing Mets, cherish his family and friends, and help others. Jerry, you will be missed but never forgotten.
You see, we have a mission to never let his story be forgotten. For his is a story of bigotry and hatred. His is a story of simply “being and living” and having someone decide that he should not be or live anymore. On that horrific day in May, we had seen the worst of humanity. We looked directly at the result of pure evil and hate as we gazed upon Jerry’s severely broken and battered body and brain. For our family, our heritage of having parents who survived the Holocaust, this was looking back into the eyes of Hilter once more. We cannot let history repeat itself!! We have come too far in the healing process as a nation with people who love, are kind, and must accept others.
But I say to the person who stole my brother’s life, I won’t give you the power to take away my love and acceptance of others. I will not empower you to let hatred rule my heat. I will not let you detour my love for my brother, who was a great man and a hero to me.
As I sit and look at the snow falling so early in the season, I ponder if Jerry somehow helped orchestrate the display of simple beauty and innocence as a way to remind us that we should move on with our lives, to look at the good in our own lives, and to find the good in the people around us. So, please tell his story to anyone who will listen. Please let all know that hate is and never will be accepted. And, may God bless us all.
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My dearest friends and supporters,
Two weeks ago, my twin brother lost his fight to live. He had been so extremely brave. He had been so strong and really wanted to live, but could not continue to fight his completely broken body and mind while remaining in a persistent vegetative state.
May 1, 2018 - Six months ago, Jerry sustained a horrific attach by a complete stranger with the intent to kill. Unfortunately, my brother's senseless murder is one hate crime among a growing trend of brazen hate crimes. We are seeing it get too easy to act on hatred. We are seeing more people divided.
My brother died of hate in 2018 despite our parents surviving the unimaginable - the Holocaust. As a child, I would never have imagined my family, my twin brother, could die for no other reason than he was different than the assailant. His death is no different today than of the 6 million Jews of the deaths of yesterday. NEVER AGAIN, but it did happen again for me. For I could not stop the hatred. I could save my brother.
Collectively, we must all say NEVER AGAIN!! We must not accept hate. We must not stop talking about what is going on around us, including what happened to Jerry. We must never choice to be silent. For if we do, then my brother’s death was meaningless.
Please keep Jerry Wolkowitz in your hearts, thoughts, and thoughts. Please tell everyone what happened to him so it will not happen to another. Silence can kill! I loved my brother and want his memory to be a blessing.
To have patience is to learn acceptance
To have acceptance is to learn tolerance
To have tolerance is learn to love
To love one another is to eliminate hate
RIP Jerry
Your loving sister always and Forever, Goldie
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Raised by 223 people in 6 months
Created June 2, 2018
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