As the oldest living survivor of Pearl Harbor, Ray Chaves is thankful to be alive. When WWII ended, he continued a sober lifestyle that has sustained him all these years.
“I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I try to keep regular sleep,”Ray explains.
But when the 104-year-old began losing his appetite 3 years ago, he knew something had to change if he was going to make it to 110.
Ray teamed up with Sean Thompson, a personal trainer who had previously helped a 100-year-old woman turn her life around. When Ray started training with Sean, the ailing WWII Veteran weighed a mere 94 pounds… but Ray made progress every day. His simple secret: determination.
“I’ll never tell myself you’re too old to do this,” Sean said in the video below. “I’ll never let my clients say they’re too old for this because he’s proven them wrong.” Ray continues to defeat the odds, prove people wrong, and inspire us deeply.
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