Meet Derek, The Man Who Weighs 577 Pounds And Has A Brain Tumour, Yet Continues To Run

Derek Mitchell may have 577 pounds to carry, but that’s not stopping him from participating in a 5 kilometer run each month.


In fact, he recently finished a 5k run with his best friend. He came in last, but definitely won the crowd’s heart. Backed by 10,000 supporters on Facebook, Derek pledged to finish 2015 with at least one 5k run per month. And he’s not letting his weight or brain tumor get in the way.

The Kansas City Resident has a benign brain tumor that makes it very difficult for him to lose weight.

Instead of being intimidated, Derek decided to confront a huge challenge, one small step at a time.

One night, he decided to take a walk around his neighborhood. That short stroll turned to a 1-mile walk and, eventually, to a 2-mile daily walk.

“It’s amazing the way you can inspire people to get up and get moving just by doing something simple like finishing a 5K.”

He may, in fact, end up going beyond his goal of one 5k per month. He already has two run schedules in May, and two more in July.

Mitchell has dropped 75 pounds so far and has no plan of stopping anytime soon.

Mitchell says he's planning to run another 5K next month and one every month thereafter for the rest of the year

He’s now on a vegan diet too, and lives by a new mantra: “Even if you can only walk to the end of the block, walk to the end of the block, because at least that’s something.”

Derek knows that the real miracle isn’t that he finished, but that he had the courage to get started.

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