On the morning of July 1st, Kerry Sherwin, familiar to many local sailors as the service manager and sailmaker at North Sails Seattle, was riding his Vespa to work when he was struck by a car in a hit-and-run. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center’s ICU, with injuries that included a broken arm, broken leg, five broken ribs, broken collar bone, and multiple crushed spinal vertebrae. He is awake and in good spirits, although he remains in a full neck and torso brace to stabilize his vertebrae.
Fortunately, Kerry is expected to recover and does have medical insurance, but will likely have many additional day-to-day expenses that insurance will not cover. His friend Joe Williams has set up a GoFundMe page so that those who know Kerry (and those who don’t, but are members of the close-knit Northwest sailing community) can donate and ease the financial burden of his hospital stay and physical therapy.
“Let’s pull together and help get him back on his feet and back to hiking, sailing, building tube amps, playing guitar, and making great sails,” said Williams on the Let’s Help Kerry! GoFundMe page. If you would like to help, please head over to GoFundMe and donate, and a big “Thank You” to all who have donated so far!