(Photo: Jonathan Roberts)
Asia Ford of Louisville, Kentucky has always struggled with her weight. At her heaviest, she weighed 474 pounds. When her then-husband lost a limb to diabetes, she knew that she had take action to avoid a similar fate. So she began exercising vigorously and losing weight. To motivate herself, Ford set a goal: she would complete the Rodes City Run, a 10-kilometer race that was held yesterday.
Even though she had lost an impressive 217 pounds, the race was a great struggle for her. Thankfully, her son Terrance and a police officer that Ford describes as her "angel" intervened to encourage her. Wave 3 News reports:
"He was like my angel," said Ford. "He came at the moment I really needed him."
Ford said Lt. Gregory shared stories of his mother and her struggle with diabetes. Step after step, Ford realized Lt. Gregory had kept her mind off the pain - and on the goal. Hand in hand, Asia, Lt. Gregory and Asia's son Terrance crossed the finish line.
"Watching her cross the finish line," said Lt. Gregory, "I felt it all over. it was great moment and I'm glad she let me be a part of it."
Asia's son Terrance calls her a hero.
"Looking at her and how she used to be, it's inspirational and makes me push harder to do the things I want to do in life," said Terrance.
Hand in hand, the three crossed the finish line together.