Dear Readers & PEZ-Fans... I write this post with a heavy heart, and to humbly ask for your help to support our dear friend and beloved colleague Ed Hood. Ed suffered a devastating stroke in February of this year, and faces an uncertain future.
A a result of the the stroke, Ed has lost his ability to speak, and lost movement on the right side of his body. He's working with speech and physical therapists on rehabilitation, but all strokes are different and each patient responds differently, so unfortunately recovery is one day at a time. Ed ran his own business installing windows, and will probably not be able to work again.
Ed began writing for PEZ in 2006, when he approached me with an idea to provide some coverage of the Tour of Britain. He delivered on his word, and we never looked back. His tales chasing the Giro, Tour, Vuelta, Classics and Worlds, and in winter the Sixes, are legendary, never the same twice, and gave us an edge other cycling media could never duplicate or challenge.
His ability to think up creative story ideas - rider interviews, previews, rants, and general musings about cycle sport was uncanny and matchless. He was an editor's dream, even if we never knew what his next story would be about, we always knew it would be entertaining, thoughtful, and filled with nuggets of wisdom only someone with his pedigree could bring.
His polite and respectful manner earned him a rolodex of pro cycling's illuminati that would be the envy of any journalist. I could only guess as to its size, because Ed's modesty ensured he never bragged, or name dropped about any of it. I wasn't even sure he'd give his permission to start this GoFundMe page.
Bottom line is that Ed is irreplaceable. There is literally no other writer in cycling who did, or could do what Ed did.
So after 18+ years of providing us with so much entertainment and insight, the very least we can do is reach out to what I know are legions of Ed Hood fans, and if you're reading this you are among them. Ed's financial future is uncertain, so please consider joining us to make a contribution to this GoFundMe page to help stabilize and secure the weeks and months ahead for him.
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