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Ed Herold: Regular Guy or . . . CHAW Superhero?!

January 13, 2012
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Super Ed!

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Super Ed!

Ed Herold may seem like a regular guy. And in many ways, he is. He lives in a house, he sleeps in a bed, he drives a car, he goes to work every day.

But really, he is not just your average guy. He is a CHAW superhero!

Ed has served on the CHAW board for three years so far.  He was chairperson of the finance committee and is now board treasurer; his expertise in all things accounting (he’s a CPA in his regular life) has helped CHAW immeasurably over the years.  But that alone is not why Ed is a CHAW superhero.  No indeed!  Ed’s superhero-ness also comes from the fact that he is a super fundraiser.

Ed is one of those very fit people who likes to enter races–running, biking, all kinds of things.  While going through some old t-shirts one day, he realized he had covered almost 500 miles in events the previous summer.  That’s 500, two zeros, without even knowing it!  About the same time, he was reading an article about the Marine Corps Marathon and the many charities that benefit from people who raise money through charity teams.  “People get in shape, charities can do more good things through the fundraising–great idea!”  he thought.

Now, many people (most?) would stop with that thought.  But not Ed.

He decided to set up his own fitness fundraiser:  ECHOEd’s Challenge to Help Others. He wanted to raise money for two charities that he is personally involved with:  CHAW and Citizen Effect, which funds projects in developing countries.  He sent a letter to friends and family telling them that he was attempting to do 1,000 miles worth of events (marathons, bikes races, adventure races, and triathlons, among other things).  He set himself a timeframe of six months to achieve his goal. And of course, being Ed the Superhero, he accomplished this goal by completing 22 events in 25 weeks, for a total of 1,023 miles.  Go Ed!  All I can say is, “Wow!”

Ed then contacted his potential donors with the results of his challenge, and they gave generously.  (Wouldn’t you?!)  To date, Ed has raised more than $4,000.  That’s more than $2,000 to help CHAW provide tuition assistance and art supplies to those who can’t afford our programs.  And yes, after his 1,023 miles, Ed is most definitely in shape.

That’s what we call a win-win outcome.  Thank you, Ed!