Edwin contracted hepatitis B through exposure to blood from his mother during childbirth. Even though he knew she had hepatitis B, he grew up not understanding the serious effects the virus could have on his health. In 2017, during a routine check-up, his doctor informed that his liver was damaged, and that he needed to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise regularly to prevent cirrhosis. Resolved, Edwin changed his diet, started running, and lost 35 pounds over the following year. Now he trains for and competes in Ironman triathlons to raise awareness and funds to find a hepatitis B cure.