When Ed Kokoszka was in his twenties, he and friend decided to get healthy
and to do so, they decided to run.
At first, they walked and ran around a track,
eventually getting fit enough to run without walking. Ed developed a love of
running that blossomed into long weekend runs and races. Local in origin, they
began in Media, but eventually he ran the Broad Street Run and the Jefferson
Distance Run. His love of running and his desire to help others became a healthy
marriage as he began to sign up for those that would benefit others in need.
when Dr. Christine Meyer of Team CMMD asked him to sign up for her running team
to benefit the American Cancer Society, true to his character he did it without
hesitation. Ed was an integral part of that team, embodying everything about the
people on it by being a leader through his positivity and his encouragement. He
wanted his teammates to finish even when they felt they couldn't, he would go
the extra mile to ensure they did.
Sadly, at the age of 59, he died suddenly
just before Christmas in 2015, survived by his wife and five children. He is
fondly remembered for his wonderful qualities and attributes by his friends,
family and Team CMMD teammates and this run series will benefit a scholarship
for his two youngest children and Team CMMD.