In 1985, Jerry was a healthy, twelve-year-old boy with aspirations of one day studying astronomy and making a career of exploring the cosmos. When his school grades deteriorated, Jerry was taken to see a doctor. What happened after that changed everything. The circumstances surrounding Jerry’s treatment brought the Lucido family to lose nearly everything. In just a few days, Jerry found himself facing a diagnosis of severe, early-onset-schizophrenia.
Jerry’s younger brother, Ezio was 5-years-old at the time. Ezio was witness to the alarming manner in which our culture and system addresses the challenges of Mental Health.
Ezio then became Jerry’s primary care-giver alongside his mother and continues to look after Jerry to this day.