Today's guest is Eric Daddario,
Eric is one of 4 Daddario boys who grew up south of Boston in Medford Massachusetts. As a young boy he loved to play sports especially hockey, because it gave him a positive escape from feeling negative about himself due to getting bullied in school for his learning disabilities.
Eric’s love for hockey would eventually take him away from home to live at prep school in Canaan New Hampshire called Cardigan Mountain school and South Kent School in Kent Connecticut. The summer before Eric left for prep school, he suffered an eye injury which left him completely blind in his right eye.
With an extreme amount of hard work Eric came roaring back. He threw everything behind his hockey career. With only 1 good eye he went on to become USA Hockey’s player of the month and eventually played 4 years of Division 1 hockey at Clarkson University.
As Eric was excelling at hockey, his younger brother Brendan was harboring a dark secret. Brendan was secretly struggling with addiction, a struggle that would last for 10 years affecting him and his family’s life.
On March 19, 2016 Brendan lost his battle of addiction due to a heroin overdose
Since then Eric has turned a tragedy into a lifelong legacy.
As they have created the Brendan Daddario Fund which has raised over $60,000 for Gosnold. In Which the money has covered the cost of admittance to Gosnolds treatment program for several individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it.
Eric is now a public speaker speaking at schools across the country telling his story and is now working with the Chris Herron Project called the "purple Couch" which airs Every other friday on youtube!
Eric has been through a lot in his life and he’s managed to find meaning through suffering. Part of that meaning is sharing his message with others because he finds joy in helping people.
Instagram - ericdaddario
youtube - The Purple Couch