Sherry Chapman became an advocate for safe teen driving following the death of her nineteen-year-old son, Ryan, resulting from a car crash.
Sherry received national recognition in 2014 from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in Washington, D.C. as a Highway Safety Hero for her contributions to saving lives, preventing injuries, and making roads safer.
In 2017 Sherry was named as Connecticut’s Safety Champion in recognition of her years of exceptional advocacy and leadership on teen driving issues. The sponsoring agencies and organizations included Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate, Connecticut Hezekiah Beardsley Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Safe Kids Connecticut, and AAA.
Sherry currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, one dog, two cats, and an active hive of honey bees.
Sherry is busy working on her next book.
How Much Big Is the Sky: A Memoir of a Mother's Love and Unfathomable Loss
How Much Big Is the Sky is a mother's searingly melodic and eloquent love song to her teenage son, Ryan, following his sudden death resulting from a car crash. Sherry Chapman captures the intimacy and immediacy of her experience with a rare combination of profound tenderness, literary skill, and raw candor. This stunning account of love and loss is structured in five parts resembling the various stages of grief. From the sudden blow of an early morning phone call to a mother's frantic advocacy to her final reflections on what remains, this book is unforgettable.