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30 Days to a Healthier You: Weight Loss For a Cause - Rick Stefano

Rick in a wheelchair with two of his children after his stroke. Lose weight and help out!

Losing Weight for a Cause: Fundraising While Saving Lives

"I don't know what to do. Rick's fallen out of bed and can't get up! Something's wrong with him, he can't move his left side and isn't talking right. I think he might have had a stroke! Can you help me get him to the hospital? He doesn't want to go in an ambulance, we can't afford it.", my sister managed to get out in a tearful voice.

I turned to my wife, a nurse, and told her what was going on and that we had to go right now.

"She has to call 911, IMMEDIATELY! They have medicine and equipment on the ambulance, there's not much I can do to help him without that. They can't mess with a stroke!", said Pamela, in motion already ushering the kids towards the door.

I relayed the message to Chrissy, told her to do whatever it takes and we'll figure it out later, and said we were on our way. We beat the ambulance and fire truck by about 45 seconds, and Chrissy quickly rushed us past the kids that looked shell-shocked into the bedroom. Rick couldn't move, his entire left side was paralyzed and he was wedged between the bed and the wall where he had fallen trying to get out of bed.

Just then, we heard sirens and the fire truck and ambulance came screaming up. With a flurry of bodies, Rick disappeared out the front door and into the ambulance. I told Chrissy, "Go, we've got the kids." She hopped in, and the ambulance disappeared into the distance. A little over a month later, Rick finally came back home, in a wheelchair.

Overnight, a lifetime of family savings was decimated. Even with help from the community through a YouCaring fund that was set up, charity support, and more, this family of four still has tens of thousands of dollars in bills that they don't know how they are going to pay and have lost a primary source of income at the same time.

I've been wracking my brain on how to help. Recently, I released a coaching program for weight loss, and it hit me. Why not use that life-saving initiative and donate part of that towards their financial recovery?

Lose Weight. Save Lives. Raise Money. Now That's a Great Combo.


Rick had done things right. He was one of the hardest workers I knew. He was providing for his family. He wasn't even significantly overweight by any stretch of the imagination. While Rick was actually in good shape other than a little bit of high blood pressure, nearly half of all deaths in the US have been linked to obesity. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, all of these common causes of death have been linked to being overweight.

That is insane! 300,000 people die in the US EVERY YEAR from something that is 100% preventable! And we can't even talk about it, there's a term for it - "body shaming". This is not about how you look. It's about your health and the health of the people you love. It's time for our nation to stand up and do something about this epidemic. It's time for you to set the example and save your own life and the life of your loved ones by getting healthy.

Rick, Chrissy, Zack, and Lexi before Rick's stroke
Rick, Chrissy, Lexi, and Zack before Rick's stroke


Are You Overweight?

Click here for an online calculator that can tell you if you are overweight or not. It was shocking to me when I realized I was obese nearly a decade ago. I knew I had put on some weight, but didn't think I was that far over the line, but looking back it was obvious that I was.

The image that most Americans have of a healthy weight is significantly out of line with what scientific research and a good portion of the rest of the world says a healthy weight is. That realization started me on a journey which led me to lose 30lbs, study health and wellness extensively, and become a health and wellness coach.

The Weight Loss Challenge

Complete our email-based 30-day coaching course, lose weight, and I'll donate half of the proceeds to Rick and Chrissy's financial recovery. If you have your own challenges or causes that you're trying to raise funds for, you'll also have an opportunity to obtain your own referral code to help with that. Please note that this challenge is not designed for people that are already a healthy weight. If you are a healthy weight already you can help by sharing this page and contributing directly by clicking here.

30 Days to a Healthier You: Weight Loss Coaching - $149

  • Learn how to lose weight in a healthy manner*
  • Learn how to lose the pounds and keep them off*
  • Email based coaching - I'll walk you step by step through this
  • Fundraising opportunity - Get $20 for every friend that completes the program and loses weight with your referral code!
  • 50% of proceeds will go to benefit the Stefano family when the referral code "Rick" is used

Referral code


*DISCLAIMER - As with any weight loss program, please check with your physician. While the advice provided is based on scientific studies covering over 120,000 people over 20 years and my own experiences with weight loss, if you have underlying conditions, you may have restrictions which only your physician can advise you on. Your results may vary. If at the end of the 30-day series you have not lost weight and are not satisfied with the program, simply request a refund by replying to one of the emails or using the contact us page and your PayPal account will be credited will the full enrollment amount. Purchases are not tax deductible as you will be receiving services in exchange for your enrollment.*

Want to help even more? Click here to use their YouCaring page to make a donation!

One of my clients, Karen, had this to say about the program. "From the moment I started reading your page I was intrigued. You are touching base on all the topics everyone thinks about but usually doesn't ever do anything about because you are right it is so overwhelming. To have you just come in and coach us step by step is huge. It’s not even just about the weight loss, it’s much more than that. Your page is more than a weight loss program, it is a life-changing program. I really appreciate you sharing your humbling journey because it gives people like me hope. I don’t have many role models in my life so I’d like to make the best one out of myself and I know it starts with gaining myself back and that’s what you’re giving to people."

More than a weight loss program. It is a life changing program. -Karen

Karen had started her weight loss journey some time ago, and had already lost some weight, but had hit a wall and had stopped losing weight, a common story with my clients. Ten days into the program, she had already lost another 8lbs. Sometimes doing something a little differently is all it takes to get past those plateaus. While I hope that every client has the same experience that Karen had with our coaching program, your results may vary. If you don't lose weight by the end of the 30-day program, I'll give you your money back. While I can't promise results, to date, I have yet to have to issue a refund.

I'm happy to report that Rick is doing much better these days. He's mostly recovered the use of his leg and can walk with a cane. He still is not able to use his left very well though, and the medical bills continue to pour in. I appreciate your support!

Rick and Chrissy - Love conquers all things
Rick and Chrissy Stefano


30 Days to a Healthier You: Weight Loss Coaching - $149

  • Learn how to lose weight in a healthy manner*
  • Learn how to lose the pounds and keep them off*
  • Email based coaching - I'll walk you step by step through this
  • Fundraising opportunity - Get $20 for every friend that completes the program and loses weight with your referral code!
  • 50% of proceeds will go to benefit the Stefano family when the referral code "Rick" is used

Referral code


*DISCLAIMER - As with any weight loss program, please check with your physician. While the advice provided is based on scientific studies covering over 120,000 people over 20 years and my own experiences with weight loss, if you have underlying conditions, you may have restrictions which only your physician can advise you on. Your results may vary. If at the end of the 30-day series you have not lost weight and are not satisfied with the program, simply request a refund by replying to one of the emails or using the contact us page and your PayPal account will be credited will the full enrollment amount. Purchases are not tax deductible as you will be receiving services in exchange for your enrollment.*

Not interested in losing weight, but still want to help? Click here to use their YouCaring page to make a donation! Also be sure to share this article!
30 Days to a Healthier You: Weight Loss For a Cause - Rick Stefano 30 Days to a Healthier You: Weight Loss For a Cause - Rick Stefano Reviewed by Don Smith on 1/10/2018 Rating: 5

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