CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Thousands ran in this year's 5K at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon; whether it was to have fun, raise money, or for one man, celebrate his new lease on life. WCIA-3's Gary Brode shows how he turned his disease into motivation.
"May of last year, I was diagnosed with type two diabetes."
85% of people with type two diabetes are overweight. Tom Bishop was one of them.
"I needed a seat-belt extender to buckle up on the plane. I started feeling so poorly, I knew I had to make a change. So, I changed my diet, increased my exercise and now I feel 100% better!"
Bishop says walking everyday is a big reason for his successful transformation. That's why it was important for him to walk in the 5K race Friday.
"It's a way to kind of celebrate the new life that I've got."
When he crossed the finish line, it meant a fresh start. Now that he's on the right track, Bishop wants to inspire other diabetics to show it's possible to live a healthy life with diabetes. For motivation, Bishop keeps a picture on his phone of when he weighed 275 pounds.
"Could you imagine going back to the way things were before?"
"I'd probably be dead."
Bishop finished the 5K in just over an hour.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Many runners use the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon as a fitness goal. Tom Bishop is competing in Friday night's 5K. He has an inspiring weight loss story.
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