In 2012, Gage was in an ATV accident in Martinsville, NJ, paralyzing him.  The Michael Bruce Fund recently donated to the Gage Savar Benefit Recovery Fund.  Here, Gene Kirkwood, the Managing Trustee of MBF, presented Gage with a donation to assist in his recovery.  



Presently we are raising funds for Jerry as he is in need of a specialized van to help him in his daily endeavors.  In January, 2016, Jerry slipped in his bedroom and landed on the corner of his bed. The fall resulted in the piercing of his spinal cord.  After emergency procedures, Jerry was left paralyzed from the waist down.  He currently spends three days a week at rehabilitation.  Jerry has lost the majority of his income as he was an independent contractor.  He receives a small amount from social security to help pay the bills.  A devastating situation, but he keeps a smile and continues to press on.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 for a van.  Your donation to the Fund is appreciated.  

Please contact Gene Kirkwood with any questions or comments you may have at



Other Stories

In memory of Michael Bruce, the MB Fund participated in the purchase of a new scoreboard for the turf field at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Thousands of youth and high school players will enjoy the new facilities each year.

Since the inception of the fund in 1989, we have assisted many individuals within the state of New Jersey. The fund has purchased equipment, modified transportation, and provided financial assistance for medical expenses, educational expenses, or simply defray costs so that those injured can try and lead productive lives.


One day on his way to school, the vehicle that Stephan was riding in was cut off and hit a railing of the side of the road. Stephan suffered injuries that left him a paraplegic. The MBF stepped in and purchased him a new van, specifically outfitted to accommodate his wheelchair and allow him and his family to become mobile.













On October 16th, 2010, Eric LeGrand, a defensive tackle for Rutgers University, suffered a spinal cord injury during a game against Army. The MBF provided funding for the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund to assist the family with Eric’s immediate medical needs. Pictured is head of Rutgers Football Coach, Greg Schiano who accepted the contribution on behalf of the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund.











In 1989 and at the age of 16, Presto dove into shallow water with arms extended. He hit bottom and the force was so great that he broke his spine at C4/C5. Preston initially had full lung function. Unfortunately, this changed and is now on 24-hour ventilator support. The MBF purchased a back-up generator to make sure his ventilator system never fails.










In late 2014, Tariq Harris was visiting Florida when an accident paralyzed him from his waist down. Later, in January of 2015, his mother brought him back to New Jersey in order to obtain medical assistance. Here, the trustees of the Michael Bruce Fund awarded Tariq a check to help him travel safely from Trenton to the Kessler Rehabilitation Center.













Trustee Jim Eckert and MSU Lacrosse Coach Mike Schambach met with Ryan Burbank in September. A Maplewood, NJ resident and former lacrosse player, Ryan was injured in a swimming pool accident and the MBF has provided him with financial support which he will use to purchase a power assist wheelchair and an exercise machine.


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