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Jerry Wolkowitz Memorial Fund

$18,616 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 8 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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Our dear friends,

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank you all for your extremely kind and caring support over these past long months. As you know, it was 9 months ago today, May 1, that the horrific hate crime occurred that would lead to Jerry's death.

For an update on the worse of humanity, I wanted to share that we finally have a court date set for the attacker (I cannot bring myself to say his name out loud) on 3/18/19 at 9 am. The date has been changed several times.

Now for an update on the best of humanity, I am pleased and honored be working with the Freehold First Aid Squad on the development of a Jerry Wolkowitz scholarship. The first aid squad is planning a spaghetti dinner on April 28. For more information, please contact their Chaplin, Noel Olivarius.

I would also like to give a shout out and thanks to Emile for her work in communicating with the Monmouth ASPCA and the Cat Cafe in Asbury Park. We appreciate your creativity to honor his memory.

You are our inspiration within this tragedy. I pray you will never ever have to experience what my family has been and continues to go through. I pray for your continued health and happiness. And, I pray you may continue to hold a small prayer in your hearts for my sweet and gentle twin brother. Jerry was my inspiration to always try to do and be better and to help those who cannot help themselves. For him, I will.

Warmly,
Goldie
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Dearest friends,

As you know, 2018 was a year filled with unspeakable pain. It was the year we said goodbye to a gentle, loving, and kind soul. It was the year that we looked directly into the face of pure evil and hate. It was the year that this complete stranger would decide that Jerry was not to live anymore. It was the year that would remind my family that true hate never dies. Hate may stay dormant but has the potential to resurface at any time. It was year that would be the aching reminder of the sacrifices both my parents went through just to survive the Holocaust.

My friends, 2018 was also the year that we looked directly into the face of goodness, caring, and great kindness. It was the year that would remind us of why Jerry mattered to so many. It was the year that his childhood friends came from near and far to be with him. It was the year his loved ones remained at his side, through set back after excruciating medical set back. It was the year that Jerry fought back with all he could, as he truly wanted to live. And, it was the year that his beloved first aid squad would provide the highest honor at his funeral.

Yes, my dear friends, Jerry Allen Wolkowitz did indeed matter. His life mattered. All life matters. His legacy will continue to live on through us. Each time you cuddle and loves your pets. Each time you take that one special picture that matters to you and brings a smile to others. Each time you share your favorite songs or play your own music (Freehold’s own The Boss). Each time you route for your favorite teams through thick and thin (even when Mets keep losing). Each time you come to the aid of a complete stranger. Each time you look up at the sky to appreciate how beautiful it looks, and so find an inner peace and calm. And, each time, you show compassion, respect, and love for one another. You will be remembering our Jerry. Hold onto your own special memories to appreciate each and every moment.

Efforts are continuing to be made to help make the Jerry Memorial Fund a reality. This fund will be used as a means to help those who may want to learn how to first aid squad volunteer (Freehold) and support a local SPCA. Please let us know if you are interested to help.

From our family to yours, wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year’s filled with peace, joy, friendship, and love!

The Wolkowitz Family
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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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Raised by 227 people in 8 months
Created June 2, 2018
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