PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHAD LAPP
Ridgewood resident Chad Lapp hopes to run 115 miles in 24 hours in fundraiser
Friday, September 20, 2013
BY LAURA HERZOG
The Ridgewood News
Running 100 miles this weekend would be a slight disappointment for Ridgewood resident Chad Lapp, but 4-year-old Andrew Zehner, his motivation, probably won’t know the difference.
What Andrew knows, according to his mother, Katherine Zehner, is that Uncle Chad is running for him.
Lapp is aiming to run 115 miles in 24 hours from Sept. 20 to 21 to raise money – $15,000, ideally – to help treat congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), a rare genetic disorder affecting Andrew and others around the world. Lapp has raised about $7,000 as of this week.
“I think in a way, he knows he’s got this person out there who’s doing all this extra stuff,” said Katherine Zehner, a Maryland resident who is a close friend of Lapp and his wife. “I think he understands that he’s special with Uncle Chad.”
“He’s like one of my kids,” Lapp said of Andrew, whose adrenal glands cannot regularly produce cortisol, a natural steroid the human body uses to deal with physical and emotional stress. “He’s like a brother to my kids.”