Jerry Wolkowitz Memorial Fund

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Raised by 235 people in 12 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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My dearest friends,

In a few days would have been Jerry's 57th birthday. On this upcoming day, Jerry would have adored his cat Misu. He would have spent time with his beloved Peggy and celebrated with his friends. He would have looked up at the stars with his ongoing wonder. He would continue to ponder why the New York Mets keep losing while listening to his favorite, the Boss. Jerry would have also been busy thinking of what pictures were yet to be taken which would create a spark of empathy for a complete strangers' unique story of humanity. And, of course, Jerry would have called me (or I to him) and we would have wished each other a wonderful birthday on the day we shared.

But my dear friends, this will not happen this June. None of this will ever happen again. Our birthday will come and go and I will forever be without my personal hero, my twin.

Jerry's murderer remains in local jail and we are still waiting for Justice to be served. His last hearing was this past June 17 and nothing got resolved. We have another court hearing on July 8 and are anticipating this going to trial.

All I ask of you my friends is to not let Jerry's story be forgotten. Please continue to share his story so this type of inhumane atrocity will never happen to someone else. Please join our family in praying for justice.

Please join me in praying that the gentle and kind soul that was my twin will live on through your memories and through random acts of kindness for both people and animals.

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Memorial Day - a time to honor and respect the fallen soldiers, show compassion for their families and survivors, and share a message of love and unity for the ultimate sacrifice these heroes made.

Though not a soldier, these ideals serve as a fitting message for Jerry’s unveiling today. We honored a man with a heart that lovingly took care of his family, friends, and first aid squad families. Thank you everyone.
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Thank you for sharing your stories and good deeds. You are true inspirations and Jerry would be so very proud! Thanks for being role models and heroes! I too donated cat food to animal shelters today in Jerry's memory, my new tradition.
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My dear friends and family,

May 1st marks a date I would rather forget for the rest of my life. It is the day in 2018 that my twin brother was brutally attached and left in a coma from which he would never recover. He was attacked by a complete stranger who saw a 4 foot 11 inch man simply walking from his car to his apartment, and had the the intent that he simply did not deserve to live. Think about that - one person thinking that another person did not have the god-given right to live. It breaks my heart to think that people have no regard for human lift.

And what have I learned in the 12 months since the attack?
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Hate does not die. It flourishes on insecurity, intolerance, indifference, and injustice. It repeats itself over in history as seen by religion, skin color, and politics. My parents, holocaust survivors, realized that they were more than a prisoner with numbers imprinted on their arm. They are human beings who mattered. For when you realize that "to live on" is to say to the haters and perpetrators that I/WE MATTER. All life matters. And yes, my dear and beloved twin, Jerry Wolkowitz, mattered!!

So, on May 1, I will go to animal rescues and donate cat food in honor of Jerry's memory. I will light a candle and release a white balloon to symbolize that all life matters. I will not let hate take my soul. For as the Rabbi of the Poway Synagogue said "I looked into his eyes and did not see a soul." I, too, looked directly into the eyes of my brother's murder at the court and did not see any remorse nor soul. But you all can help by talking with anyone who will listen. For we all truly MATTER. Please share what you will do on May 1 and make it a day of importance, a day of MATTER.

Thank you!
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Raised by 235 people in 12 months
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