Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dear PEOPLE Editors...

Good Morning, Editors -

I know you guys receive dozens of photos and e-mails from around the globe; however, I hope you will take my meager e-mail into consideration in nominating a friend of mine for "Half Their Size" recognition.  Meet Valerie West Fambrough from Dahlonega, Georgia.  "Inspiration" doesn't begin to define her.  What started in 2009 as a group of online acquaintances getting together to support each other in their weight loss goals has turned into Valerie completing her first marathon in January 2011. 

Over one hundred pounds lighter, Valerie makes the most out of her day, and, as the saying goes, "neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow" stops her from running on a daily basis.  Valerie will be the first to tell you she didn't start out as a marathoner.  She started out at 347 lbs on June 2009.  "Marathons" were far from her mind, and even then she doubted that she could ever finish one.

As the photos show, she reached her goal of finishing a marathon after a long road of 5Ks and speed bumps in the way.

Because Valerie is such an inspiration to several folks in her community (and around the United States as is seen with her group of friends that founded "F.I.T." (Finding Inspiration Together) please consider her for your next "Half Their Size."

Thank you for your time.

 "Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow..."

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