Friends, if I ever have a post go viral, I hope it’s this one. This guy has an amazing story!!! It is my honest and sincere hope that if you read this man’s story, you will be moved in your heart to help him out. I know this guy personally and his need and this fund sharing account are legit. I pray this post reaches MILLIONS of generous people AND people who need to be inspired because if this guy’s testimony doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.
“My name is David Price Robinson and I am a Fat Man on a Mission. That mission is to return to a condition of health. The picture above is a before/after from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016. You can see more of my story on my FB page .
I began the journey after a moment of truth and shocking clarity. At nearly 500#s, I realized that I either had to change, or die. I had too much to live for…my son was getting married in a year, my daughter (that’s her in the blue tank top to my left) was just beginning life and my wife is simply too awesome to leave behind.
I began my journey by walking in my backyard, above ground pool…the only way I could move at that point without extreme pain and effort. I built up my endurance and mobility in that pool and determined to enter my first 5K.
That was 1 year, 15 races, and about 130#s ago. I am not kidding myself, I still have a long way to go. But with hard work, determination and the continued support of my friends, family, and my Coach (the tall lady in the blue tank to my right) I will make it. For those wondering, I have used the combination of walking, good nutrition, a GREAT coach and support network, and Advocare products to get this far.
Now, here’s your part!
If you have ever watched a balloon deflate, you know how saggy and misshapen it becomes. Well, now, instead of a balloon, think belly. As my weight has dropped, so has my abdomen…creating what is known euphemistically as a “fat apron” or, medically, as a Pannus.
My pannus is now down to about mid-thigh. It’s basically just excess skin and tissue. So no amount of additional weight loss will help and I am past the age where my skin elasticity will pull it back into shape.
The problem is that I am once again experiencing difficulty moving freely as my gut serves as a barrier to moving my legs properly. Hygiene becomes an issue and my skin stays in various stages of breakdown with perpetual infections. Additionally, clothing is becoming a challenge.
I want to continue to lose weight; I want to continue walking and hopefully one day, run! I want to get back into backpacking and canoeing, day hiking, and generally being active. Mostly I want to be around for my family and one day to be able to actively play with my grandkids.
This is NOT a tummy-tuck or a cosmetic procedure, this is a needed surgery for the purposes of health, hygiene, and mobility.
There is a surgery to take care of this – a panniculectomy, but it is costly and my insurance refuses to cover it. I do work. But the money I earn providing services for the mentally and physically challenged in my community is minimal, at best. My wife and I simply cannot afford this surgery without you.
My goal is to raise 20-thousand dollars to cover the cost of surgery, recovery, and the time I will miss from work. That may take a while to raise, but that is okay, I still have more weight to lose before I am an ideal candidate for the procedure.
Please consider helping me with your donation of any size. If you help, I promise to #nevereverquit.
Sincerely, Fat Man on a Mission (David Price Robinson)”