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A Kickstart Athlete Goes Global!

Tyrone Garrett was devastated at the passing of his mother in 1998. He comforted himself with food, as his weight ballooned up to 300 pounds. He developed diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. He'd been involved in Special Olympics since he was a teenager, but he stopped participating. His heart just wasn't in it.

Then in 2010, his sister LaShanda Shipp and her partner, Patra Nugent, took over Tyrone's care.

They got him started on a healthy diet and more active lifestyle. And, they encouraged him to get back into Special Olympics. In fact, they even became Special Olympics coaches in addition to being Tyrone's loudest cheering section. With lots of hard work and the support of his Special Olympics family, Tyrone lost 130 pounds and is now off all the medications he'd been taking for his weight-related conditions.

In 2012, Tyrone received the Paul and Margaret Thorsen's "Most Inspirational Athlete Award” for his phenomenal spirit and determination to overcome the many obstacles in his path.

"I feel good now," says Tyrone with a smile. He should feel good, and very proud.