Burlington, NC - Ed Quadrio is from Burlington. He was once an avid cyclist, but after his marriage suddenly ended, he gained close to 350 pounds.
"I should have been dead two or three times by now," said Quadrio.
He once weighed 365 pounds, but the 61-year-old made a life altering change to his body.
He showed News 2 a photo of when he weighed 365 pounds.
"Oh, it gets worse."
News 2's Tony Smith asked: "What gets worse?"
"Would you like a tent?" Quadrio asked. "That was my shirt."
Quadrio turned to doctors at Duke Hospital for gastric bypass surgery and lost 160 pounds.
But, he needed to do more to keep the weight off. So, he decided to use his love for cycling and his dogs.
Quadrio started what he calls "mushing."
His two dogs, Janari and Mica, are 2 year-old German Shepherds, and they're Quadrio's cycling pals. The duo travels with the man up and down the streets of Burlington.
At least three times a week, they "mush" about three miles.
"The weight was a real wake up call."
And after losing the weight, for Ed and his furry friends, it's all about living each day to the fullest.
"Through the grace of God and good medical and where we live, I'm still here to talk about it," said Quadrio.
And these three welcome anyone who wants to join in on the ride. For more information, you can reach Ed Quadrio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WFMY News 2