The Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens wrote a column about NLU student Gaylon Alcaraz, who was tipping the scales at 320 pounds when she decided to join Weight Watchers in 2012.
She started walking a little bit, too, to get some exercise. A friend who was involved with an African-American women’s running group asked her to do a 5K, running when she could and walking when she could not.
The year 2013 brought lots of changes: a close relative died, and Alcaraz was preparing to leave a job she had held for years. She also enrolled in National Louis University’s Ph.D. in Community Psychology program to prepare for a career in nonprofits and fundraising.
Recently, Alcatraz ran in October’s Chicago Marathon. Find out how she made this incredible transition. Read the Tribune column here.