No one expected Chevi Peters to live past the age of two. Every year brought more procedures, more pain, and increasingly dire predictions from doctors. At his lowest point in life, he weighed just 90 pounds and had endured 38 major surgeries including liver and kidney transplants and brain surgery. Chevi was 24 and at a turning point: he could put the weight of existence down and give up on life altogether, or he could completely rebuild himself.

That’s when he walked into coach John Lair’s office and asked to become a powerlifter. Seven years of intense mental and physical training led to Chevi packing on 30 pounds of muscle, ultimately helping him earn three gold medals at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

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