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In April of 2009 I stepped on a scale that weighed up to 450 pounds. I have always been a big guy but never thought I would get that big. The scale topped out. Since that day I decided to lose weight. I am over 90 pounds lighter and continue to lose.

Since my dieting and excercizing I have lost over ninety pounds. I continue to lose about two to four pounds each week but am finding it more and more difficult to excersize because of infected skin sacks that have formed on my upper inner thighs.

I obtained insurance through my work and visited two doctors who have helped me file claims for a procedure to remove the two infected sacks from my thighs. We have been denied the claim from the insurance four times. Since the last denial I have lost both the insurance and my employment. Both doctors are still in contact with me and are helping me through this tough time.

As I continue to work out the sacks seem to get worse. They prohibit me from doing things as simple as using the washroom normally, wearing shorts on these hot and humid Chicago days (you Chicagoland people understand what I am talking about), sleeping on my side, gardening, running, etc.

My goal is to raise enough money to have this procedure to remove the sacks done so that I can continue my routine vigorously. My end goal weight is somewhere between 150 pounds and 190 pounds. To achieve my goal I am trying to raise money from both this site, as well as my art site.

Since my loss of employment due to budget and hour cuts I spend my time working out (mostly on an excersize bike in my basement), walking God's parks and pathways in the area, volunteering my time and computer skills to a non-profit character education program, painting, seeking further employment, and helping to raise awareness about human trafficking through my art sales and website.

I appreciate any time and consideration put into my case. I know there are many other causes that seem more deserving as well as help more than just one person.

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