The young gentleman I’m going to tell you about is a native of Snow Hill, Maryland and he was given the key to the city if proof is required. He currently resides in Salisbury with his wife and teenage daughter. He also has a son who is in his twenties. Sherron Mills is a loving son, awesome brother, nice nephew, cool cousin and great friend to many. He has a few knicknames like “Forty” given to him by his college buddies, but is known by his friends at home as “Syxx”.
His mom likes to tell the story about his hearty appetite when Sherron was born. It’s basically this, when the nurses gave him two ounces of milk, he would always drink a third. When they upped his milk allowance to three ounces, he drank a fourth and so on. Sherron could eat a large pizza with all of the toppings, and then he would sit back, smile and say, “that was a good snack, now what’s for dinner”. All of that food helped fuel the six feet nine inches he eventually grew up to be. Yep, he’s a tall one. Six-Nine!
When you are that tall, playing basketball may be an optional career choice. For Sherron, it was his passion. In his shorter days, way back when he was 10 or 11 years old, he used to jump to try to touch the ceiling at home. By the old age of 13, he no longer needed to jump. He was so tall that he would show up to play ball with the big boys. They continuously sent him home, but you know a determined Syxx…he always went back until eventually they had no choice but to let him play. Tenacious!
Sherron graduated from Snow Hill High School (SHHS) in 1989 after shattering all sorts of records. The eagles had a winning season of 26 and 0. Sherron then scored 47 impressive points in the state tournament. That win earned SHHS boys basketball team its first ever “State Title”. Sherron was a consistent rebounder, shot blocker, assist, scorer and the most fascinating slam dunker around. Unstoppable!
He went on the Chowan College for a semester. With his name being tossed around at other schools, Sherron transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. In his last year at VCU, he caught the attention of a few professional teams. But even more than playing ball, he made some incredible everlasting friends. Outstanding!
His hoop dreams came true. After his successful collegiate career, his agent landed him a contract to play overseas in the professional European league. No matter how far he went or how long he was gone, Sherron always gave back to his town and his community. From purchasing and having stained glass windows installed at a local church to giving much needed cash to family and friends to help pay a medical bill, house note or buy groceries. Huge Heart!
This wonderful young man with all his great talent and giving nature was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These nerve cells are responsible for controlling voluntary body muscles, such as arms, hands, legs, etc. With ALS, it’s like the communication connection is cut off and the muscles begin to weaken and eventually waste away (atrophy). Sherron went from driving his truck down the highway less than a year ago, but now he’s confined to driving a wheelchair in his house.
A few facts about ALS: There is no known cause or cure for this disease, but clinical trials are ongoing.
More than 12,000 people in the U.S. are currently diagnosed with this disease.
This disease occurs at random and attacks people of all races and ethnic backgrounds.
At this time, there are no specific tests to determine whether or not a person has the disease. A battery of exams must be performed by a variety of specialist to measure muscle viability and rule out other diseases. Neurological test are especially a necessity.
ALS is also known as the “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. If you heard about the Ice-Bucket Challenge, that is for ALS. We are praying every moment of every day for a cure for Sherron and every single other person in the world afflicted with this disease. It is his desire to fight this disease for himself and others. Sherron has volunteered for clinical trials and is open to research and alternative means in this fight against this devastating disease.
Family and friends have come together to set up this fundraising effort on behalf of Sherron to help purchase him a specialized vehicle and various pieces of much needed medical equipment.
Our initial fundraising goal is $40,000 in tribute to Sherron’s nickname and his VCU college basketball number “40”. We would love to exceed the 40k goal in the hope of helping to raise money to fulfill 40ty’s desire to make a nice contribution to the ALS Foundation in order to help others people stricken with this disease.
On behalf of Sherron and his family, we prayerfully ask for support from all of his family, friends, the town of Snow Hill, the VCU sports community, previous co-workers, acquaintances and anyone in the world who would like to help with the fight against ALS!
In support of a cure for Sherron and everyone else diagnosed with this disease, we greatly appreciate your donation and thank you in advance for your generous gift!