A photo of a woman being escorted across the finish line of a 10K by police officers has become an Internet sensation.
Asia Ford, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, participated in the Rodes City Run with one goal in mind — to finish. Ford, who struggled with her weight for years, recently decided it was time to take action and get in shape. The 10K was her way to kickstart that effort.
"That is when I woke up and I couldn't allow them to be on this earth without my help and the only way I would be able to help them is if I helped myself first," she said. Ford arrived at the race 25 pounds lighter, determined to make it through. She powered through until mile four, when she began to have trouble breathing. A police car then pulled up next to her.
"I'm not going to let her quit, so I got out and she immediately grabbed my hand," Lt. Aubrey Gregory said. Ford said there was no way she was going to stop.
"He asked me if I wanted to stop and I was like, 'No, we have two more miles to go.'"
After the photo went viral, support for Ford came from people throughout social media. Even Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer shared the photo on Twitter, prompting Louisville residents to tweet their encouragement. Ford responded to the incredible reaction on Facebook.
"I have no words about the pouring prayers and support that has poured in my inbox, On my page, text, calls etc," she said. "I want you all to know that if I don’t respond to your message please don’t think I’m ignoring it, it’s so many I can’t get to them all. I thank God for you all and the officer who is my Angel."