Ilya Peckerman Research Fund

Benefiting the Vasculitis Foundation Research Fund

The Ilya Peckerman Research Fund was founded in 2010, in honor of Ilya Peckerman, who passed away from complications associated with Wegener’s Granulomatosis on December 18, 2009.  All donations made in honor of “Ilya Peckerman” go towards the Vasculitis Foundation’s Research Program.

When somebody passes, we are left with two options: mourn and try to move on, or mourn, try to move on and move the needle forward.  The Peckerman family has chosen to move the needle forward, by helping raise funds in order move one step closer to finding the cause and cure of these rare, autoimmune diseases.

Ilya Peckerman lived a life full of love, energy, and zest.  From playing volleyball with the 20-year-olds to enjoying a fishing trip with his contemporaries, our father was the center of every social scene.  We carry his vivacious, youthful spirit in our hearts, and share his “carpe diem” attitude with everyone that is supporting, fighting and moving the needle forward, in the vasculitis community.

One way we plan to raise money is through fashion. My sister and I are in the fashion industry and many of our designer friends have generously offered to donate a percentage of sales from certain merchandise to the Ilya Peckerman Fund. Several designers are even creating unique products specifically to benefit the cause.  We will announce participating designers and upcoming fundraising events in the coming weeks.

Thank you to the VF team for doing what they doing and helping so many people stricken with Wegener’s Granulomatosis and other vasculitis-related diseases. We truly hope that a cure will be found, or at the very least enough research will be done to uncover the cause(s) of Wegener’s Granulomatosis.

Finally, a special thank you to our father for teaching us to live our lives without regrets, to chase our dreams no matter how off-the-way they may be and for knowing that there is no such thing as an extra hug, kiss or “I love you”.

Papa, we love you, we miss you and we honor you. Carpe Diem always!

Sincerely,

Malvina Peckerman and daughters, Michelle Finkelshteyn and Pamela Pekerman Tenenbayev

To date, family, friends, and supporters have raised over $73,580.45 for the Vasculitis Foundation’s programs! 


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