TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Doctors told Chris Dyer he would not live to see his son graduate in June. It was this bad news that motivated Dyer to lose weight. In November, he weighed more than 450 pounds. Friday, his office celebrated a major stepping stone on the road to his weight loss goal.
"I was prepared to tell my mother that her son was going to pass away," said Dyer.
At 451 pounds, he was so heavy that he could not get out of bed.
"I would come home from school everyday and he would be bigger and bigger and bigger," said .
He stopped working and, at a doctor's visit in November, he was told he had congestive heart failure, clogged arteries, and eight months to live. That was the day he tried a Subway sandwich for the first time.
"I ate the sandwich and I ate another one that night for dinner then the next day, then the next day after that," he said.
A month later, he was walking again, and the community began cheering him on. He created a Facebook fan page. Friends sent him Subway gift cards, and a local car dealership told him if he lost 100 pounds by April 16th, the keys to a Corvette were his for a weekend.
"He's so special to us," said Dean Cagle, with Peltier Chevrolet. "Him being healthy is worth a whole lot more than a Corvette for a weekend."
"Everyone has rallied around me," said Dyer. "I've joined a gym now. I've lost 101 pounds."
101 pounds lighter, he serves as an inspirations for others.
"I've lost 23 pounds from three weeks, four weeks ago," he said. "I'm going to do things that I haven't done in years. Two weeks ago I went to the Dallas Mavericks game because I could actually fit in the chairs."
He says the best part will be watching his son walk across the stage to receive his diploma.
Chris says he still has not reached his final weight lose goal. He plans to lose 160 more pounds before he is finished.