Being a loser isn't always a bad thing. For Danny Cahill, of Broken Arrow, Okla., it proved to be a lifesaver.
Cahill, who lost 239 pounds in just over six months as a participant on the television show "The Biggest Loser," shared his story and offered inspiration Saturday during a health fair held to kick off the Applefest 5K/10K walk/run.
He decided to do something about his more than 400-pound weight and 69-inch waist when his daughter Mary Claire told him she wanted to be just like him.
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Danny Cahill, who lost more than 200 pounds on the television show, “The Biggest Loser,” speaks to a group Saturday afternoon during a health fair at Iowa Central Community College to help kick off the Applefest Run 5K/10K walk/run being held today. Cahill is scheduled to participate in the walk/run.
She was talking about his belly.
"I was afraid I was going to die and leave them," he said.
Cahill offered the audience his motto.
"Don't lose your quit," he said.
He told the audience how he managed to keep going and not give up after a moment on the show where he had to dig a treasure chest out of the sandy ground.
"I looked into that hole and saw my life," he said. "Then I saw for the first time in the last 20 years when I didn't quit."
Teresa Newman, manager of Trinity Regional Medical Center's Healthy Living program, said she liked the message Cahill was sharing.
"Stick to it," she said. 'The only way you'll be unsuccessful is if you quit trying."
She's planning on participating in the run with Cahill; they'll be doing the 5K together.
The Healthy Living program, along with the Fort Dodge Rotary Club, is sponsoring the event.
Jill Irwing, of Fort Dodge, is a fan of the "The Biggest Loser" show. She said she was excited to see and hear Cahill in person.
The best part?
"The background," she said after learning a few stories from behind the scenes.
She liked his message, too.
"It's good motivation," she said. "I'll make sure I get one of the wristbands."
Besides the rubber bracelet with the "Lose Your Quit" on it, she was planning on leaving with one other thing.
An autograph perhaps.
"Oh yes," she said.
The Applefest Run can still be signed up for beginning at 7:30 a.m. at St. Edmond High School. The race follows an omelet breakfast. It's free to participants.