In 1997, Richard M. Brodsky was diagnosed HIV-positive. Later in 2002, Richard suffered a seizure whose root cause turned out to be brain cancer unrelated to his HIV). He then underwent months of treatment for that, recovering in time to run the 2003 New York Marathon. Upon completing the Marathon, it occurred to him that he owed his life to the excellent medical care we have here in the United States - and felt there was no good reason why people in poorer countries shouldn't be afforded the same type of care. Thus, the seeds of the Foundation were planted. Even though the Foundation had not yet received its non-profit status, in 2004 Richard organized the World AIDS Marathon in Mbita, Kenya, whose proceeds helped to partially fund an AIDS orphanage there.
The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation exists to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and Cancer, and to continue to provide outreach programs that impact the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and Cancer.