Kiwanis met Thursday, Nov. 20, at Shelby’s restaurant where they welcomed guest speaker, Leonard Larramore. Larramore is a former NFL walk-on for the Buffalo Bills and lives in Los Angeles where he runs a fitness company and teaches people how to live a healthy lifestyle. Larramore became passionate about football at an early age.
Playing in the NFL was a dream of mine ever since watching Monday night football with my step father as a child,” said Larramore.
However, shortly after his NFL career, Larramore’s weight increased to over 400 pounds. Larramore received a wake-up call one day while he was standing in a pizza parlor with his son and a friend. Without warning, his heart stopped beating and he collapsed.
I hit the table, turned the table over and I was gone, blacked out,” said Larramore. “A lady looked down at me on the floor and screamed, he’s not breathing. My friend pounded my chest for thirty seconds and I finally gasped for air.”
This incident was a turning point for Larramore. Doctors informed him that his heart was weak, enlarged and they diagnosed him with congestive heart failure. A defibrillator was placed in Larramore’s chest.
As I was sitting in this humbling position in my life, everything was mute,” said Larramore. “All I could do was take inventory of everything I had done in my life to get to where I was.”
The doctors gave Larramore only five years to live. Their diagnosis set Larramore in motion.
“After the doctors told me I had five years to live, I told myself I was going to beat this,” said Larramore. “I decided I was going to turn this around, and in doing so I was going to tell other people and help kids avoid the route I took.”
Larramore continued, “I began to research every way I could change the way I ate, the way I could exercise and began to change my whole lifestyle to add years to my life.”
Larramore lost 150 pounds and is now a successful personal trainer and motivational speaker who advocates for obesity awareness. He pushes for kids to exercise and eat healthy, teaching parents how to lead their children in a healthy lifestyle. For booking inquiries or more information, please contact Cindy Vees at email@example.com.