Justin was my roommate my third year of college and then we lost contact for a few years. In the fall of 2014, he contacted me and asked for my help in designing boards for a project that he was working on. We reconnected and had some great times and designed some great boards.
Justin passed away on April 3, 2015. Soon after, a few of my friends and I drove a couple of hours to go to the funeral. We swapped stories and laughed about the good times we had with him.
When we arrived at the funeral, it was absolutely packed. We had to set up extra chairs at the very back of a gathering of close to 1000 people. As we sat there, I looked around. I saw people that I had met throughout the years that I had no idea knew Justin. Afterwards, I talked to a girl that I was close friends with who's dad was close friends with Justin's dad. I realized how intertwined we are as humans. We walk around thinking we are our own entity, but in reality, we are all connected. Nobody's life passes unnoticed.
During the funeral service, one of his sister told of when he had started his own machine shop. When she had expressed how nervous she would be in his position, Justin replied, "Everyone is worried about the results. I am just in it for the journey". That hit me hard. It made me realize that I needed to pursue my vision for #skatetofight.
So here it is. Just a simple webpage. Who knows what the future will hold. I can only hope that my efforts will help somebody.