Mason got an early head start on the 85 important people. He was inspired, in part, by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s challenge to Oklahoma City residents to collectively lose 1 million pounds. He wrote to the mayor after he shed the weight, and was featured in Cornett’s State of the City speech this year.
The attention soon started flowing his way. Gov. Mary Fallin has signed Mason’s book, as have Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and many others.
He’s done media interviews around the city and even on the CBS Evening News. So the pressure is on to keep the weight off, and he knows it. But he relishes it and says it’s motivation to keep working hard and spreading his message.
“I’d like to make this story bigger because you don’t see a bunch of kids trying to talk to other kids about weight loss and getting active,” Mason said.
Mason credits his two brothers with helping him become more active. Casey, 8, took it seriously, and he and Mason want other children to do the same, and to make it a family effort.
“We helped each other,” Casey said. “And now he goes outside with me more often to play and jump on the trampoline.”
It’s the strength in numbers that Mason said can help more children like him lose weight, but they’ll have to decide for themselves when the time is right to do it.
“They don’t feel right with themselves because people make them feel not right with themselves,” Mason said.
“I just want them to know it’s their choice to get active.”