The Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation (MJBF) was established to honor the memory of a remarkable young man. In 2016, Marcus John Bradshaw died unexpectedly of natural causes, at the age of 27.
Marcus was the son of John and Sheri Bradshaw, and was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He was a religious man with God and family at the center of his life. Marcus shared his love and family with his three older brothers (Eric, John and Timothy), as well as with family and friends throughout the United States. As a tribute to his family and inspired by his maternal grandfather Will Bernstein, Marcus and his cousin Cameron each had “Family 1st” tattooed on their chests, directly over their hearts.
Growing up, Marcus was a happy and well-rounded youngster, who even in his early years demonstrated a genuine concern and compassion for others. His capacity for sharing was exemplary and his desire to help and support friends, family and community was evident in his volunteer work and mentorships.
In addition, Marcus enjoyed many sports. He played Little League soccer and baseball, and while in junior high school, he played volleyball and golf. During high school, Marcus lettered in volleyball and participated in other intramural sports. It was during his teen and young adult years, that Marcus became an official ballboy for the Chicago Bears. Shortly thereafter, he played the position of wide receiver for the Chicago Thunder, semi-pro football team.
Marcus graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in 2006, and earned his Baccalaureate in business management from Chicago’s DePaul University. He began his professional career as a Brand Ambassador for Powerade and Fuze; later worked for Goodman Networks and then joined his father’s firm, Bradshaw Construction & Management.
Marcus’ sparkling personality, infectious smile and winning ways made him fun to be around. However, it was his kindness, consideration and love of family, friends and service that made him a truly wonderful person. Marcus would have been honored to know that a foundation in his name was created to help families in need of support and young people in need of assistance to attend college. We, therefore, dedicate this service-oriented organization to his memory, and in his name.
---The Bradshaw and Bernstein Families