Skateboarder Travels 450 Miles To Honor Brother He Lost To Cancer (Video)
There are a seemingly infinite amount of clichés about brotherhood. And, for the most part, they're true. Growing up, playing sports, listening to music and developing passions are all immeasurably better when you have a sibling to share them with.
When Eric started skateboarding at age 8, he took his little brother Jason on board with him. Together, they started filming skate videos and "James Bond" remakes in their backyard. Along with their older brother Corey, Jason and Eric had dreams of starting Sherman Brothers Productions and spending their lives in the creative space they had carved for themselves. Every summer, the boys left for William Lawrence Camp in New Hampshire, where Eric would one day become a counselor.
Those dreams were halted in 2006 when Eric was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 17. After a four-year battle, countless rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Eric passed away. Throughout his sickness, he held on to an energy and passion for life that inspired everyone he came in contact with.
Eric's final wish for his younger brother was for him to continue with the passions they developed together on his own. Five years later, Jason's pain was more evident than ever. He needed to find a way to reinvigorate Eric's memory and spirit.
Jason decided to quit his 9-to-5 job and plan a massive skate trip with his best friend Tommy -- a 450-mile journey up the East Coast -- from his house in the West Village of Manhattan to William Lawrence Camp in New Hampshire, revisiting places he had so many formative memories with both of his brothers.
The trip itself would serve as a fundraiser for the camp, to help kids who couldn't afford to have the same experiences they had every summer. It combined so many of the elements that made Eric a special soul: skateboarding, filmmaking, adventure and putting the needs of others over your own.
This trip was so unique, and it was so... Eric.
This is the story of two brothers: one robbed of his life too young and the other going miles to carry on his legacy.
Jason and Tommy would like to extend their gratitude to all who helped make this trip possible:
To everyone who gave us a place to stay, a meal to eat, a discount at your business, a bottle of water, a bandaid on the side of the road, and a pat on the back, it meant the world to us. We also want to thank all of the people who donated to the scholarship. We can't thank you enough. Your donations kept us focused and motivated throughout the trip. We couldn't have done it without you. Much love, Jason and Tommy