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Daniel-Hawthorne- Author-"The Giant in Me"

Born in the small-big town of Hagerstown, Maryland, Daniel dreamt of being a radio personality. His young dreams came true when he landed his first on-air job in the 80's. But fate had other plans, one filled with self-image troubles and depression. And by the time Daniel was in his late 30's, he was 650 pounds! For 10 years, Daniel fought the negativity that held him in darkness. Until a friend called a friend, and Daniel found himself standing in a gym for the first time in his life. The years that followed were soul changing! And now, 300 pounds lighter, Daniel is living his dream again, hosting a syndicated radio program called Blue Suede Connection, and discovering life anew with soul mate, author Patricia Garber. The pair have written their first book together, working to share hope and support to all suffering from obesity and body image issues. They share their life with four fur-kids on a lake in Virginia, defining the states slogan--Virginia really is for lovers!