Casey’s 32nd Birthday, Her Best Friend and a Joyous Pandemic Birthday

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Casey would have turned 32 years old on April 6th. Her best friend, Amber Staska, posted the following letter to Casey on Facebook reflecting on what would have been a joyous and positive pandemic birthday:

Dear Casey,

Today, best friend, you would have been 32 years old. You would have been one of those people celebrating a “pandemic birthday” complete with a homemade cake slapped together with whatever was left in the pantry, a virtual happy hour (I’m thinking cosmos as an ode to your affinity with the show Sex & the City) and even a “social distance” drive-by parade in your honor. OR maybe you would be on the front-line as a news anchor (your dream which I have no doubt you would have made true by now) reporting all of these events in real-time.

Regardless of who you would have been or where you would be at in the world today, just knowing you, it would have been the most epic pandemic birthday ever simply because you knew how to turn the most scary and uncertain moments into the most unforgettable and joyous moments. And because of that amazing attribute, no one would be thinking of the thousands dying or unemployed today.

If it isn’t obvious, I miss your light in this world. I know you’ve been watching from above and you can see how life has gotten a little crazy over the last 2 months. For example, I know you were giggling when my 3 year old screamed at me this morning “You’re not my mother, you’re BULLS*IT!” – her way of expressing her angst of not being able to play with friends or go about normal routines outside of this pandemic. If you were here, I would have proceeded to explain to you how she sternly calls me “mother” when she’s mad at me (you can thank the movie, Tangled, for that).

But despite the last day/week/month I have been having due to fear and frustration during this weird time in society; I am going to channel your positive attitude and spread it like wildfire. I think that’s the best birthday present I can give to you this year…and always.

I love you,

Amber

#BecauseofCasey #EndDD #caseyfeldmanfoundation

Casey and Amber, 2007

 

Casey’s Virtual 30th Birthday Party – April 6th

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Casey Feldman would have been 30 years-old this April 6th, had she not been killed by a distracted driver on July 17, 2009.  We are celebrating her birthday with a virtual party on Facebook, where we are asking you to share how you have been inspired by Casey’s life or, death. You need not have known Casey to participate.

Why? Following Casey’s death we were told by scores of people how they were inspired to do better, be better or make positive changes in their life, including those who never even knew Casey. Friends, family and strangers vowed to volunteer more, lead a more balanced life, laugh more, or put away their phone while driving.

If you have been inspired by Casey, tell us how you have been inspired, by sharing on our Facebook event.  Include #BecauseofCasey and tag @CaseyFeldmanFoundation in your Facebook post. Include a photo, video, music or graphic with your post if possible. Feel free to be creative. Of course, we will all appreciate seeing a photo of you and Casey. If birthday balloons are what you’d like to share, do so!

We will share all of the posts throughout the rest of the month of April on Facebook.

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Note: To see how others have been inspired, view the 14 minute video, “Remembering Casey” or, the Casey Feldman “Faces of Distracted Driving” video below. Read Casey’s bio here.

 

Help Us Celebrate Casey’s 29th Birthday this Thursday, April 6th

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

This Thursday, April 6th, Casey would be turning 29 years-old if she were still with us. To honor Casey’s life and celebrate the day, we are hosting a virtual birthday party for Casey on Facebook. We are asking everyone to post a picture of themself with Casey, a favorite Casey memory or anything else to commemorate the occasion. The posts should be placed on the Casey Feldman Foundation Facebook page or on your own page and tag @CaseyFeldmanFoundation.

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Casey Feldman Foundation Founders on The Today Show – View the Segment

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Parents of the late Casey Feldman and founders of The Casey Feldman Foundation, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson were on The Today Show this morning talking about Casey and distracted driving.

View the segment from The Today Show’s website here.

Please Conisder Donating to our Foundation on this Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to the world or to your community. Despite being a small non-profit, The Casey Feldman Foundation has awarded over 80 scholarships to deserving students who are dedicated to making a difference in this world. Through its sponsored project, EndDD.org, over 270,000 students have participated in our distracted driving presentation free of charge in 44 states and Canada. We have done so much more and will only be able to continue and expand our efforts with your support.  Read our article,  Five Years, A Legacy of Good – The Casey Feldman Foundation and consider giving to our Foundation on this day of charity and philanthropy.

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Brooke Burdge Runs the NYC Marathon in Memory of Casey

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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One of Casey’s best friends from Fordham University, Brooke Burdge, ran the NYC Marathon on Nov. 7, 2010 in Casey’s memory. The proceeds raised through the donations to Brooke’s race went to Back On My Feet, an organization that supports the homeless. Brooke completed her first marathon (26.2 miles) in an amazing 4 hours and 17 minutes!

According to Brooke in her pre-marathon reflection,” I think about Casey a lot when I run.  I guess it’s because of the overwhelming feeling I get that I am alive and present. Although she is not physically present with me each day, I still feel her with me and see signs of her…. I know I’d probably be getting a text from Casey before the marathon that said something along the lines of “Good luck, boo!!! You’re a beast!!”  And I know she’d be out in the crowd somewhere to watch and cheer me on…..  I won’t see her—but she’ll be there.”

 Brooke’s message immediately after the race: ” Lady Gaga played outside by a DJ at Mile 8… Casey!… Woman in front of me dressed in all pink as the Pink Panther at the start…

I had our picture on the back of my shirt… three other runners came up at different points and touched my shoulder and said “Caseys with you now”…

Touched her bracelets when I felt weak.  Felt a burst of energy at Miles 24-26…. 

Amazing amazing amazing day… happiest day of my life.”

View additional photos in the photo gallery on CaseyFeldmanMemories.org.

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Monday, February 7th, 2011

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Foundation Donates $1,000 to Haiti Relief

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In keeping with Casey’s compassion and kindness towards others, the Casey Feldman Foundation has generously donated $1,000 to the relief efforts in Haiti. The donation was made last week through the American Red Cross.  In her all too short life, Casey made the time to reach out to help those in need. The foundation is proud to provide support to the Hatian people in Casey’s memory, honor, and spirit.