Lighting Up America
Breaking the Cycle of Hardship by healing and building our soldiers, families, and communities with empowerment
The story of The Erik Foundation is the story of the founder's dream and of a family´s loss of the first born of the newest generation.
Deborah was born a triplet. She and her brothers were known as the “Malvern triplets” by the local papers growing up. Deborah has always approached life and its challenges as a “team sport” since being born into an instant team. Deborah entered young adulthood as an electronics technician and worked for companies such as General Electric and TRW.
In late 1990, Deborah became very sick and was bedridden with a then-unknown condition, and spent many years being misdiagnosed and subjected to fruitless therapies. Finally diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Deborah researched and chose therapies that allowed her to become much more productive. Deborah emerged from her long illness with a gift of newfound creativity and has used this talent to create the Erik stories and products. The main character was created in the image and likeness of her triplet brother´s son Eric, who had become her muse.
It was during the summer of 1994 that Deborah first conceived of the "Fishing Away" project as she watched people fishing on the shore of Ocean City, NJ. Deborah worked on the game concept for 4 years, changing the look and focus several times. Eventually, she decided on the current look and format and in 1998, her company, DAB-A-DEW, printed 1000 copies of "Fishing Away with Erik All Day".
In 2013, Deborah´s beloved nephew, Eric, ended his life after returning from his second deployment as an active duty US Army Specialist. The changes that she saw in Eric and his eventual suicide have spurred Deborah to create The Erik Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which was created with a mission to aid US military veterans. We intend to market and sell the Erik line of products oriented around the main character, Erik, his family and his friends.
One hundred percent of all profit from the sale of these products will be used to help fund our aid programs. We intend to be as self-sustaining as possible through the sale and licensing of these products.
The Erik Foundation is in its initial campaign, where we partner with philanthropic donors that support our initiative in becoming a self-sustaining foundation. We need your help! We have huge aspirations and are eager to help people in need. Read about our mission and goals and consider making a donation for our campaign. It´s an investment in us and a validation of the light we want to make happen. We want to hear from you, too! Click on Contact and let us know what you think! Thank you...we can't do it without your help.
The Erik Foundation will aid economically disadvantaged veteran and civilian families by breaking the cycle of hardship...
Empowering One Family at a Time
Several factors can lead to poverty and possibly homelessness. Most of these can be overcome with proper training, including both job skills and life skills.
This is my story of my first nephew. Eric was my brother’s son. He was active duty United States Army with combat experience when he killed himself in Colorado on August 17, 2013.
Eric was born in March of 1986. The first of the new generation in any family always seems to have special status and Eric was no exception. From birth he had flaming red hair and huge dimples with an amazing wide smile. When Eric smiled or laughed, you couldn’t help but join in...