Jared Wells, a young man from central New York, has been a fitness inspiration to many in his environment as well as to hundreds of people online.
The 21-year-old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a severe and genetic lung disease which causes constant breathing problems and lung infections. The disease is also progressive, meaning it only gets worse over time.
The treatment of cystic fibrosis has improved significantly and the general life expectancy has been more positive lately, but the doctors were treating Jared’s condition as very severe and very possibly terminal.
However, Jared doesn’t let his disease stop his dream of becoming a bodybuilder.
When doctors finally cleared Jared for some physical activity, he decided to hit the gym, get rid of body fat and gain muscle mass.
The 21-year-old is a clear fitness enthusiast and inspires to be a bodybuilder one day. Jared teamed up with Bob Donnelly, owner of a local gym in central New York. Bob is the father of one of Jared’s close friends, and the gym owner wanted to do everything in his power to help this young man out.
Bob recently shared a picture of Jared doing his fitness routine which has gone viral.
“This is my son’s friend Jared,” he wrote. Before I hear any wise cracks. Jared has been fighting lung cancer and we almost lost him. He was recently cleared to workout. Today his arm measured 8 1/4 inches and his legs just over 12″. and he’s at ZERO % body fat. I’m taking him under my wing. Stay tuned for Jared’s progress.”
He decided to take Jared under his wing.
This young man has a dream and never stops fighting for it, even under this terrible medical condition.
With more than 76,000 likes on Bob’s original post, Jared has been an inspiration to many.
“Good on you Jared. Keep fighting fella. You’re an inspiration mate,” Scott Fletcher wrote.
“Smash it out the park bro you’re a true warrior, looking forward to seeing your progress. Stay strong and stay focussed” posted Jarrod Ives.
Bob and Jared were surprised by the massive support and are incredibly thankful.
“The response to Jared’s post is unbelievable, The amount of Love people have shown for this kid is overwhelming. I wish I could thank you all individually. Your support has helped him and He’s doing great, We got a solid week of training in and we were able to raise a little bit of money for him so he could get his vitamins and Protein shakes etc……Jarod has gained 2 Pounds. What is our Goal? I believe with God all things are possible and we are out to terminate Jared’s terminal Lung disease. Thank you everyone who has joined this FIGHT. Your support will keep Jared motivated, He’s no longer fighting this terrible disease alone. God Bless you, one and all.” fitness owner Bob posted.
“We expected it to get the maybe 200 likes that the page usually gets, then all of a sudden it was getting thousands” Jared added. “It’s kind of exciting, and it’s all been really positive.”
“I’m just glad that I’ve been able to inspire people through this. It serves as motivation for me.”
The young man has been training for two weeks now and he’s happy with the progress he has made so far. Jared was able to gain six pounds of muscle and bring his body fat percentage down to 0%.
Jared and his trainer/coach Bob do emphasize that health always comes first. Jares sees himself becoming a professional bodybuilder in the long term and plans to keep on fighting against his disease.
“Eventually we’re going to come up with a more structured workout plan. For now the goal is to gain some muscle and build a good base.” Jared explained.
Jared’s story tells us that you should never stop fighting for your dreams because when you keep fighting for your dreams, your dreams start fighting for you.
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