George Perez Leads First Annual MegaWalk for Hero Initiative
posted Feb 6, 2015, 1:10 PM by Vu Nguyen
As MegaCon Megawalk is a charitable fundraising event, CBR is happy to provide a platform for the President of Hero Initiative,
Jim McLauchlin, to discuss the inaugural walk with one of comics'
greatest living legends -- and a member of Hero's Board of Directors --
Jim McLauchlin: I recall our having a
discussion once -- and this became a bit of the genesis of MegaWalk --
that you have a bit of a "tradition" where you take a long walk around
the convention floor before the con day starts, right?
George Pérez: Yes. And a lot of it is to get some exercise in,
because I know I'm likely going to be sitting down for several hours
during the con. Having been a good deal heavier in the past, walking was
the primary way I eventually lost a lot of weight, and keep myself fit.
How important have the simple things like
maintaining health and fitness become to you as you get older? Hey --
you're now 60 years old!
The amount of energy I gained after I stopped carrying the weight
equivalent of a pygmy on my back -- or perhaps more correctly, around my
waist -- was a life-changer. And in my case, being a diabetic, it
became a case where if I didn't start doing something, I wouldn't
be talking to you now. I realized I had a lot to live for, a lot to
enjoy, and I wanted to be there to enjoy it. [My wife] Carol tried
helping badger me into I-don't-know-how-many diets, but finally there
came a time where I said, "It's all up to me. No one else will do this."
So I started walking. It became the low-impact system that worked for
me. Now, I've been up and down the weight ladder a bit, but since
dropping the initial 50-plus pounds, I've thankfully never been back to
the larger size I once was.