Ed crossing the finish line at the Boilermaker
Back in 2010, I wrote about my friend, Ed Bradley, who was returning to the Boilermaker race in the wheelchair division in Utica, New York, after a long absence. Ed had raced in the Boilermaker for 13 years, as well as many other races, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2003, the treatment and recovery of which kept him away for eight years from a sport he dearly loves.
Now two years later, he will again be missing the Boilermaker after suffering a mini-stroke this past week and having surgery on his brain to address that. As my thoughts are with him now, I thought I would write an update to my post: Ed and the Boilermaker. If you haven't read it yet, I hope you will.
Ed has worked so hard to train for this and other race events over the past year.
It has been a struggle because of issues with one of his wheels constantly blowing the tire and then winter and inclement weather keeps him off the streets as well. Last year though, Ed and his dad devised and implemented a way for him to "ride" at home. A successful setup that also was a little more challenging and he rode like a madman!
Two years ago he was also invited to race in the Niagara Falls International Marathon. A race that is 6.5K (4 miles) along the beautiful majestic parkways of Buffalo before crossing the Peace Bridge into historic Fort Erie, Ontario, then follows the beautiful Niagara River Parkway.
At his first race there, he was thrilled and very excited to meet Kathryn Switzer who was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. If you haven't read her book Marathon Woman, you should.
Ed and Kathryn Switzer
This set back, so close to the Boilermaker race, is frustrating at best, but I have no doubt that if anyone can overcome the obstacles placed before him, it is Ed. This is one determined man! Born with Spastic Diplegia, which is a form of Cerebral Palsy (CP), Ed is no stranger to health challenges and I know he will fight hard to get back to his racing and his life in general.
Oh yeah! Another passion of his. Drumming!
He has many friends, family and co-workers that send him lots of love and support and are all cheering him on through this latest challenge.
See you in the winner's circle, Ed!