November 25, 2014

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Community opens hearts for Medina men

MEDINA — Friends and family of two Medina men who died suddenly this past week have raised more than $67,000 within days to help benefit the families the men left behind.

A website for Dan Sherman, a Medina teacher and coach, had raised more than $48,764 from more than 550 donors as of Friday afternoon to benefit his wife, Alissa and children, Caleb and Lauren. Sherman, who was 36, died Tuesday during a workout at Root18 Crossfit.

Donations and comments of support for the family poured into his site. Marisa Keene said it was a tragedy to lose someone so young, so unexpectedly.

“I can’t think of anyone I have had the blessing to know, to have had such an impact on not only his own children, family and friends, but on his whole community and all of the children he taught, coached and their parents,” she wrote. “I hope all the love shown and prayers coming their way help ease the pain of Dan’s family.”

A memorial service for Sherman has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Medina Performing Arts Center at 851 Weymouth Road.

The family of Peter Radke, 43, who died on Saturday while trying to rescue a child in distress in Lake Erie has also seen support from friends and the community through a gofundme.com site set up in his name. The website has raised $18,651 for his wife Michelle and children Hannah, Brynn, Owen and Issac.

On Thursday, Radke’s wife responded to the donations on the site, www.gofundme.com/9ri7rs, and said the comments from the more than 300 people who made donations caused her to weep.

“Each one of you, many strangers to me, have touched me to my very core and have helped me stand when I really feel like I want to curl up into a ball and go home to eternity with Pete,” she said.

Michelle said she plans to stay strong for her husband and continue his legacy.

“You have all made a difference that I can never put into words,” she wrote. “Thank you for your generosity to my family. We are cared for beyond imagination.”

Funerals services for Radke are planned for today at Grace Church in Akron.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or at lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.