There are lots of inspirational weight loss stories to be found all over the web but some go beyond just the incredible effort that takes to shed those pounds. This woman had her own reasons for slimming down – and they had nothing to do with her own health or looks. In losing the weight, she could help a friend… and even save his life.
MEET REBEKAH CEIDRO
33-year-old Rebekah from Pittsburgh saw a Facebook post from her friend, Chris Moore. He had chronic kidney issues, and only a new kidney from a donor could save him.
HOW COULD A KIDNEY HELP?
Doctors had told Chris that without a new kidney, his body would be unable to function properly. This would unfortunately mean weekly trips for dialysis and lower quality of life.
REBEKAH WANTED TO HELP
She said that she couldn’t just stand by and watch while doing nothing, so she decided to get involved. It all started with a Facebook message, and Chris was so glad she reached out.
SHE HAD THE RIGHT BLOOD TYPE
Rebekah soon found that his kidney needed to come from someone with Type O blood in order to be compatible. Luckily, she was a match!
THERE WAS ONE SMALL PROBLEM
Or, as doctors saw it, a big one. At 213 pounds, Rebekah was told that she was “too heavy” to donate, as her BMI was above 32. There was simply too much risk associated with her kidney. But a giving woman like Rebekah wouldn’t simply take “no” for an answer.
REBEKAH WAS A LITTLE UPSET
But guess what? She didn’t give up. She was determined to help, so she decided to make some major changes in her life. She took it to heart and decided that the doctors were right about her body status, and created a plan.
AND SO THE WEIGHT LOSS BEGAN
Realizing that her weight wasn’t a permanent barrier to saving Chris, Rebekah embarked on a new journey. Her lifestyle changed, and she began working out and taking closer care with her nutrition.
SHE SET GOALS
Her aim was to be able to run a 5 mile race; something she’d never been able to imagine before. When she achieved that feat, she knew that she was getting fitter and fitter.
SHE REACHED HER TARGETS
Eventually, Rebekah had lost 40lbs, and she was finally at a weight that doctors considered healthy enough to go ahead with the surgery. She’d done herself proud – but most of all, she’d done Chris proud, too.
CHRIS GAINED TWO THINGS
The surgery is scheduled to take place this year, which means that Chris will gain the kidney that’s so essential to save his life. But he also gained something equally valuable – the knowledge that he has someone in his life who cares enough to go the extra mile to save him.