Shred for Eric - A Skateboard Journey To Honor My Brother

For: The Eric Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund
New York, NY
Organizer: Jason Sherman and Tommy Nisenson
$19,663
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 261 donors
39% Complete

The Story

Introduction:
Our goal is to raise money for The Eric Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund by skateboarding from New York City to William Lawrence Camp in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Five years ago my brother Eric died of leukemia. He was more than just my brother; he was my best friend and role model. Eric taught me everything I know, and most importantly taught me how to skateboard. I am doing this trip in Eric's honor. I want to not only carry out what he represents as a person, but also support a camp that my brother truly loved. The Eric Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund sends kids to camp who show demonstrated financial need, giving them a life changing experience that Eric and I both value. Eric, my eldest brother Corey, and I attended William Lawrence for many years. Eric even went on to become a counselor at the camp. He was known to always go beyond the call of duty in order to bring excitement and discovery to the entire camp. His influence on campers and staff was profoundly felt, and by contributing money to his Memorial Scholarship Fund we can continue his positive influence. 

My best friend Tommy, who was a close friend of Eric’s as well, will be coming on this journey with me. We are both avid skateboarders who have been skating the streets of NYC together for 10 years.

Tommy and I know Eric’s story vividly and both care deeply about promoting his message. Eric was a fun, energetic, and lovable person who never said no to experiencing life to it’s fullest. This, of course, changed when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. For four years he was in and out of hospitals getting treatment and was unable to live the life he was meant to live. Tommy and I are taking this opportunity to embark on an exciting journey in Eric’s honor, while also raising money for a good cause; a cause he would be proud to support. 


We are beginning our trip on September 12th, and are accepting donations until October 1st (our estimated arrival). On average we estimate that we will skate 20 miles a day. The route we will take from NYC to William Lawrence Camp is about 400 miles, with a stop in Newbury, Massachusetts, where my brothers and I grew up until we were teenagers. 



Your Contribution:
Every year, William Lawrence camp has a number of campers that would be unable to attend if not for the financial aid provided by the camp through the Eric Sherman Fund. William Lawrence Camp is a traditional, overnight all-boys camp founded in 1913 and is an independent, not-for-profit organization. The camp prides itself on providing a “spirited, challenging, and safe environment that promotes self-esteem and the physical, social and intellectual development of boys and young men.”

Eric, Corey, and I all cherished our time at the camp and are appreciative of the positive role it took in our development as children. William Lawrence is a great way for any kid to unplug from technology and disconnect from their comforts. The camp has minimal electricity and pushes you to connect with the world around you. The opportunity that The Eric Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund provides is one that can change the life of a child forever. It can open up doors to new friendships, experiences, and perspectives, as it did for Eric.


All money raised on youcaring.com will go directly to The Eric Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund. 


We would love to have a second form of contributions from sponsors. Sponsors can help the completion of the trip by providing their product, shoes, drinks, apparel, skateboards or any other form of donation. If you or someone you know would like to help out, please email [email protected]

A special thank you to the Serebrenick family for setting up the Eric Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Conclusion:
This journey is very personal to me. Ever since my brother Eric has passed away, I have never really found a way of coping with his loss.  By going on this journey I will be able to take an incredibly negative life experience, and turn it into something that can have a positive effect for everyone. Even though Eric is no longer with us that doesn’t mean his life can’t still make a positive impact on people. This trip is a way to keep his spirit alive. 

I feel there comes a time in everyones life where they are presented the opportunity to do something extraordinary, I think that this is that time for me, and I’d love for you to help me accomplish it. Thank you for taking the time to lean about Eric's story, and about my plan to continue it. 


If you would like to get in contact with me personally, please email [email protected] us on Instagram @shred4eric and check out www.wlcamp.org for more information about the camp. 



Sincerely,

Jason Sherman


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 14, 2015

Posted on December 14, 2015

Today our documentary with Elite Daily has been released. For the past couple of months we have worked closely with their team to tell the story of our trip, but more importantly to share the spirit of Eric and his story. We are so proud of exceeding our goal and are now hoping with the reach of Elite Daily to raise even more for the Eric Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund. We are incredibly thankful for everyone who has donated so far and are excited to see how this will grow. To watch the full documentary be sure to go to www.elitedaily.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKNkRr4ya2o). 


Posted on October 10, 2015

Posted on October 10, 2015

In case you haven’t heard, we made it! On Saturday October 3rd, we arrived at the William Lawrence Camp. The camp director, family and friends greeted us upon our arrival. Once we settled in, we took the time to tour the beautiful campgrounds and relive memories from our past camping experiences. Words cannot describe how amazing it was. We feel so grateful and fulfilled to have reached our goal. We want to thank everyone who helped us get there safely and soundly. Also a big thanks you to everyone who donated to the Eric Sherman Scholarship Fund. Those donations were a huge inspiration in our resolve to keep going and reach our destination. We truly enjoyed the experience and even wish it could have lasted for awhile longer. Luckily a camera crew from Elite Daily was there along the way and we have a lot of footage to look through. In the weeks to come we will be helping with the edit and have a documentary out soon. So please keep a look out for our film, and keep spreading the word. Thanks again to everyone who helped us with our journey, especially those who opened their doors for us along the way. We will never forget this experience, and we are thrilled that we accomplished this for Eric and William Lawrence camp.

Posted on October 2, 2015

Posted on October 2, 2015

This past week has been a walk down memory lane. We passed through Newbury, MA, the town Jason grew up in with his brothers. We walked around the town and had the amazing opportunity to get a tour of their old house. After Newbury we entered New Hampshire and even got interviewed and put on the cover of the Portsmouth Herald. We hit our first rainy day of the trip, so we spent the day at a skatepark in Rye. We are now 2 days away from our destination and are thrilled we are this close to our final stop. See you on Saturday William Lawrence Camp! 

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