Crohn’s disease has hit close to our home. Bruce’s father and both of his daughters were diagnosed, and each time it felt like getting knocked down by a wave of uncertainty and fear. It was hard to get information about treatments, and even harder to reconcile why it was happening to them and how it would change our family’s lives. They endured endless doctor visits, drug protocols, hospitalizations, and drastic lifestyle changes. Fortunately, both daughters were able to access excellent medical care, allowing them to live full lives and raise beautiful families. We established the Sherman Prize to recognize the accomplishments of leaders in the field in the hope that it will create a ripple effect, spreading awareness, innovation, and inspiration to others, so that other families won’t have to contend with the disease as ours has.
Sherman Prize winners are outstanding individuals who consider the whole patient — not just the serious symptoms, but also the psychological and practical components of Crohn’s and colitis and their effects on families and caregivers. Our hope is that future winners come from a wide cross-section of the research, medical, psychology, technology, advocacy and educational communities. We want them to consider all patients, especially those who can’t afford or access quality care. And we want them to be out-of-the-box thinkers who can energize others to enter the fight to overcome Crohn’s and colitis.
We hope this endeavor inspires and engages our children, grandchildren, and generations to come, just as much as it inspires the health care providers, researchers, advocates and educators who are serving those living with Crohn’s and colitis. This is a family effort: family-funded and family-created, and that makes this a heartfelt endeavor.
After years of hard work, it is a wonderful privilege to give back, and it’s particularly exciting to do so in a creative, personally meaningful way. The Sherman Prize is a legacy we are building together, and one we hope will have positive, lasting impacts on the lives of many.
Bruce and Cynthia
Bruce Sherman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M4 Capital, having retired from his position as the Chief Executive Officer of Private Capital Management (PCM) in early 2009. Bruce launched PCM in 1986 and sold the firm to Legg Mason in 2001. Following the sale, he retained autonomy over PCM’s portfolio management and investment research and led the firm to a prestigious number-one ranking in the country as measured by Nelson’s “World’s Best Money Managers” for the 10 years ending December 31, 2005.
Until her retirement in 2000, Cynthia Sherman was a partner at Clifford Chance (formerly, Rogers & Wells), a large law firm, where she specialized in transactions involving intellectual property ownership, acquisition, and transfer.
The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation is a federally registered private foundation established in 2005, with initial and ongoing support provided exclusively by Bruce and Cynthia Sherman. It supports a variety of charitable and philanthropic causes, including childhood development, advanced medical research and education, and the performing and visual arts. The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation is the sole funder of the Sherman Prize.