Pamela Pekerman

The Ilya Peckerman Fund




The Ilya Peckerman Fund was created in 2010, in honor of Ilya Peckerman. The focus of our fundraising is awareness and education.


Early detection and diagnosis of vasculitis is the key to prolonging, and ideally saving, a patient’s life.


With education and early diagnosis in mind, the Peckerman family, in conjunction with the Vasculitis Foundation, are working with a prestigious NYC-based hospital to create the Ilya Peckerman Vasculitis Teaching Fellowship Program.


In addition to funding extended education for fellows, fellows in the Ilya Peckerman Vasculitis Teaching Fellowship Program will go to New York and New Jersey hospitals and medical centers to educate primary care physicians and nurses about the early signs of vasculitis diseases, in the hopes of getting patients a quicker diagnosis and directing them to proper care.




Shop 4 Vasculitis – From November 1st – December 31st visit to find amazing holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. All participating brands donate 20-30% of sales to Ilya Peckerman Fund/Vasculitis Foundation.


Dollar Matching Program – If you make a donation in honor of Ilya Peckerman from November 1st – December 31st, Pamela Pekerman Tenenbayev and her family will match your donation, dollar-for-dollar with no cap amount. We will turn your $1 into $2!




A husband. A father. A grandfather. A friend. A jokester. A volleyball player. A BBQ master… and so much more.


On December 18, 2009, Ilya Peckerman passed away from complications associated with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, days after turning 56 years old.


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 to raise money to improve the lives of those in the vasculitis community, with the help of the Vasculitis Foundation. Ilya Peckerman lived a life full of love, energy, and zest. We carry his youthful spirit in our hearts, and share his carpe diem attitude with everyone that is part of the vasculitis community.


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


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The Vasculitis Foundation supports and empowers patients through education, awareness and research.  The Vasculitis Foundation was founded in 1986 by Marilyn Sampson, a Wegener's patient and registered nurse.   The VF was established to alleviate the isolation that patients and their families experience when these life-threatening diseases affect them.  The VF educates people diagnosed with vasculitis, raises awareness of vasculitis with the general public and the medical community, and funds research to help determine the cause, develop more effective treatments and ultimately discover the cure for the disease.   In 2001 the VF established its Small Grant Research Program (now the Research Program) and  has funded over $1,000,000 to research the cause and treatment of vasculitis. The Research Program funds studies seeking the cause(s) of vasculitis, more effective treatments and a cure for vasculitis. The VF Medical Consultants are among the world's finest and most experienced doctors who care for patients and conduct research; they also provide free consultation to physicians treating patients with vasculitis. The Vasculitis Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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