Lerch, Erik Alexander

March 22, 2006

On Monday, March 20, 2006 ERIKALEXANDER LERCH of Mount Airy and formerly of Laurel, lost his courageous 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. Born December 4, 1992, he passed away peacefully at home with his mother at his side. Erik said that his purpose in life was to bring out the best in people and he did that each and every day. He brought out the best in everyone who met him and touched many lives with his infectious laughter and impish grin. His courageous battle involved many people throughout his community of Mount Airy, Maryland, especially the students, faculty and staff of Mount Airy Middle School, and reached the hearts of celebrities such as Lance Armstrong, Sheryl Crow and Cal Ripkin. He was recently bestowed the honor of 4th degree Knight by the Knights of Columbus and was involved in several non-profit organizations involving children. Even through his own pain, he always reached out to others to offer a kind word of encouragement. His legacy will live on in The Erik Lerch Foundation to carry on his desire to help other families faced with similar challenges, and as the face of the Bellanger/Federico/Pitterich Foundation "Cool Kids" campaign. Erik loved Harp Seals since he was a baby, and wanted to thank Sir Paul Mc Cartney for his efforts in saving them. He joins his father, William "Bill" Lerch who preceded him in death in October, 2005. Forever in the hearts of his mother, Joan Lerch and his brother, Tony Quintana, along with his grandparents, Lenore and Thomas Lerch of Cheverly, MD and Delores and Frank Blahnik of Laurel, MD, as well as a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, his faithful companion Abigail, and hundreds of friends that he made in his short life. Erik believed in living life to its fullest, taking one day at a time, and cherishing those around him. "Livestrong". Memorial donations may be sent to The Erik Lerch Foundation, P.O. Box 158, Mount Airy, MD 21771. Funeral liturgy will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 915 Liberty Rd., Eldersburg with Rev. Pat Tonry as celebrant. Interment in Lake View Memorial Park, Sykesville. Friends may call at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Rd., Sykesville on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

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