FREEHOLD – An inaugural tribute to Eric James Antico Jr. amazed his family and friends with a large turnout that raised over $5,000.
The first in what will now be an annual walk for Eric James who died earlier this year at the age of 21 due to use of the drug fentanyl, was held recently at the Antico family home in Freehold Township.
Family and friends described this first effort as an amazing success with more than 75 participants.
The walk raised in $5,000 in donations and served as a tribute to the young man. The Eric James Antico Jr Foundation was formed by his aunt, Lisa Lasky, in March. Lasky founded the organization shortly after the tragic loss of her nephew.
“The opioid crisis has reached epic proportions in our state and nation,” said Lasky. She continued on to say that she will “work tirelessly to keep the memory of Eric alive and serve to help others suffering from this disease.”
Lasky said proceeds from this inaugural event “are going to a very deserving foundation, Make-A-Wish New Jersey. The decision to give to Make-A-Wish New Jersey was an easy one.
“Eric James did so much for so many; he is smiling, I’m sure. His foundation will continue Eric’s work in helping others for many years to come,” Lasky said.
Make-A-Wish New Jersey’s mission states, “Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.” In the fight against a critical illness, a wish serves as a catalyst for renewed strength and encouragement for every child and family. A wish helps kids look past their limitations, families overcome anxiety and entire communities experience joy.”