Woman who recently lost 200+lbs gets some help from police officer in finishing race

Published On March 23, 2015 | By Keri | Middays

Asia Ford finished third-to-last this weekend during a race in Louisville, Kentucky but her accomplishment is getting more attention that the person who actually won.

Ford was participating in Saturday’s Rodes City Run after losing over 200 lbs and was strugging towards the end of the race when Louisville Metro Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory gave her a helping hand.

The 10k race was one of the things Ms Ford wanted to do, all part of her journey to losing weight. She, at one point, had weighed 474 lbs.

Her concern grew each time she visited the doctor, and she feared her children would grow up with a mother, so she made a change in her lifestyle and outlook.

“I couldn’t allow them to be on this earth without my help and the only way I would be able to help them is if I helped myself first”, said Ford.

But with a few more kilometres to go on Saturday, Ford was having some difficulty.

My breath was kind of like; it felt like it was taken from me.”

Lt.Gregory recalls, “The EMS guys got out and talked to her, went to check on her. And she was like ‘I’m not stopping. I’m not stopping.’ so she kept going. And I said I’m not going to let her stop. We’re going to do this together. I got out. She grabbed my hand. I grabbed her hand.”

Finally, Asia, with help from her son and Lieutenant Gregory crossed the finish line.

Lt. Gregory admitted, “Watching her go across that line, raising her hands, I felt that all over. It was a great moment.”

Photos of the event shared on social media sites, including by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and a paramedic, had been viewed millions of times by Sunday afternoon. Fischer said on Facebook, that this is “what a compassionate city looks like.”

As for Ford, she has a new hero in Lt. Gregory, saying “I’m thankful to you because you are my angel. You’re that person that– I could’ve stopped, that could’ve been the end of my race, but you didn’t allow it. So I praise you and I thank you, and you’re my inspiration.”

She also has a hero in herself.

Way to go, Asia!


This image is from her FB page:




Main image credit: Mayor Fischer/FB

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