He helps the ALSAC event teams set up and break down events, saying, “I’m usually the first there and the last to leave.” He helps around the office by answering phones and sorting mail, and the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer event is his favorite event for which to volunteer.
“Eddie is a real superhero for the kids of St. Jude,” said Fatima Hameed, volunteer coordinator for the New York City office of ALSAC. “He helps selflessly with the utmost kindness, dedication and passion for the kids. He has supported us in every way possible, and we love him.”
Eddie visited St. Jude in 2011 with the Promesa y Esperanza® radio program that he’s worked with since the New York program began.
“It totally changes your whole view of what St. Jude is,” he said about that visit. “There’s no sadness, even though kids are suffering; it’s a happy place with the way the walls are painted.”
Two years later, he returned to Memphis for a different reason — to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. Eddie’s dedication today is as strong as it was then, and his work ethic, now so devoted to St. Jude, remains as it was when, as a 7-year-old, he first walked those dogs around the block.
“I have a lot of awards I’ve gotten in the past,” Eddie said. “But the one I’m most appreciative of, and the one that I love the most, is that St. Jude Volunteer of the Year Award I got.”