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Slimmed-down Pittman inspires local kid

With Dex's encouragement, Austin youth sheds weight and changes perspective on life

Originally Published: December 29, 2009
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was an ordinary Sunday, a boring Sunday, when Texas graduate Larry Connolly sat down at his computer and wrote the e-mail that would change his son's life.

"At the improbable chance that you will respond to this," Larry wrote, "I felt that it was worth the effort to contact you because as a parent, I'm running out of resources."

For years, Larry had tried everything to help his son lose weight and shape his body: weekly swimming sessions, tennis ...

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