Nick was a good kid with a big heart and a friend to all. Nick’s addiction began with pain pills after he sustained an injury while playing a sport he loved: wrestling. As his addiction grew, he turned to heroin. During an unfortunate relapse, a combination of fentanyl and synthetic acid (a “kill bag”) ended his life.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP
Our Mission and Who We Are
Nick’s Ride 4 Friends is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing heroin and opioid addiction and helping people battling the disease of addiction. Founded following the death of Nick Campagnola, 20, three days after Christmas 2015, our mission is to help others through programs for recovery and community events while sharing the love we have for Nick in this endeavor. If you or someone you know needs help, please do not hesitate to call or text us at 315-246-6485.
A master carpenter by trade who lost his son Nick to the heroin epidemic, Joel devoted his life to beginning and maintaining a grassroots recovery movement to ensure other won’t fall through the cracks. In recovery himself, Joel has proudly been clean for the past nine years.
Sherri is a compassionate mother who lost her son, Nick, to this epidemic. She currently serves as the operations and office manager of the Not-for-Profit Champions for Life along with being their gymnastics director. In her son’s honor, she has become dedicated to helping others in recovery.
Matt is a local real estate broker and investor who owns The Real Estate Agency. Matt was introduced to Joel when Joel built Matt’s family home. Matt was inspired by Nick’s story and volunteered to help grow Nick’s Ride 4 Friends and establish it as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Erin—Nick’s cousin—is a personal trainer and the owner/yoga instructor at Zen Den in Auburn, New York, a fusion yoga studio and smoothie café. Passionate about her calling, she has learned how yoga and meditation can help those in recovery to heal, and she is committed to applying what she knows to help them stay on the right track in honor of Nick. Erin has also been instrumental in fundraising and expanding Nick’s Ride 4 Friends.
Jon is Chief Operating Officer of Builder’s Choice Lumber in Auburn, New York. Jon and Joel worked together closely because of Joel’s trade. Jon also was inspired by Nick’s story and wanted to help out any way he could, and he helps immensely with Nick’s Ride 4 Friends fundraising initiatives.
Kim is Joel’s cousin and a graphic designer who has helped promote and advocate for Nick’s Ride 4 Friends. She created our logos and has helped maintain our social media.
Joel Campagnola, Founder/Operator
Matt Chalanick, President
Erin Campagnola, Vice President
Jacqueline Gove, Secretary
Jon Geherin, Treasurer
Sherri Campagnola, Board Member
Dr. Adam Duckett, Board Member
Lynette Wilson, Board Member
Julie Piascik, Board Member
Mary Beth Lesson, Board Member-Accounting Services
Nancy Sumner, Board Member-Grant Writer
Mark Pineau, Board Member
Joseph Calarco, Board Member
Brian Schenck, Board Member
Patrick Carbonaro, Board Member