ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Stateline resident celebrates his 21st birthday with a 184-pound weight loss.
After a community walk at the YMCA Wednesday, Ethan Taylor walked into a surprise birthday party.
He was greeted by friends and family celebrating his dedication to stay healthy.
Ethan ran a half marathon recently and is now training for the 26-mile Chicago marathon.
He says he accomplished a feat he never thought was possible.
“I really didn’t think I’d make it this far,” Taylor said. “To see my 21st birthday to be the healthiest I’ve ever been, to be the happiest I’ve ever been, I’m overcome with emotions and it’s kinda hard to put into words, but I’m very very happy.”
Ethan also works with an organization called Action For Healthy Kids, a program that works to beat childhood obesity.