You know...every once in a while someone does something which is so self sacrificing that it just amazes people. And when you hear about these people, you want to know more! When I heard about George Chmiel...it was like that.
George is a young guy (at the time I first ..."met" him he was 28 years old) who is obviously in the prime of his life. He excels at everything...so over achiever is probably his nickname. At this young age, he is already the Vice President of Structured Products for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in the Boston office. He is good looking, single, funny and is one of those super humans that most of the rest of us...can only aspire to be.
And to top things off, he devotes his free time to a charity by doing something so amazing that if impacts thousands and thousands of people around the world! OMG!
He does it quietly, without asking for attention, but in such a way as to command our attention and admiration. Television interviewers have even been "speechless" talking to him...he is just that astounding! (See this recent interview as an example: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/23135683/index.html .)
His mom says that he has always been a challenge and I can imagine that is an understatement because how do you tame a drive that big? Do you even attempt to slow down a heart driven to help ill children? He is not even married nor a father yet!
The story about George Chmiel and how all of this came about is reaching many sources via Facebook and Twitter. Some of his local media have even conducted interviews...and yet without fanfare- he just keeps training for his ultra marathons, despite his damaged wrist and surgeries, all for children! He does hear from families sometimes but there is a trickle down effect which he may never know. And still he goes on....
He completed a Sahara Desert 155 mile marathon in only 5 days and raised an astounding $66,000+ for The MAGIC Foundation. And now, 6 months later, he is at it again! His goal is to raise $100,000 for MAGIC and to possibly run a marathon on all 7 continents.
Many families whose children are impacted and touched by George's efforts have contacted the national media...so far nothing. But families keep talking to each other and spreading the word about this super human effort and man. I can only pray that someday, someone with Good Morning America, the Today Show or maybe even Oprah will learn about George Chmiel because he deserves to be recognized!!!
Thank God for George Chmiel and those who selflessly work to help children. I hope those of you reading this simple BLOG pass on the information-read his personal BLOG at http://www.luciandgeorge.com/ and maybe even post something to him. If "we" do not support the good guys of this world...what does that say about us? As Martin Luther King, Jr. said; "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."