The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 27, 2012

Teen leads way for Midnight Streak run

Mason Harvey continues ‘Strive for 85’ campaign

Mason Harvey of Guthrie is on a mission to do more than just help people lose weight. He is helping raise awareness about an issue that he is all too familiar with — school bullying.

Mason, 12, had been subjected to bullying for several years due to him being shy and overweight.

Tired of being bullied, Mason decided to make a dramatic change. He dropped 85 pounds going from 206 pounds to 120 pounds.

Next month, Mason and his family will participate in the eighth annual Midnight Streak, a 5K run for the arts on Aug. 11 at City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Proceeds support City Arts Center’s mission to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions.

“I was tired of being bullied,” Mason said. “(Bullies) had been on me from third to sixth grade. The beginning of sixth grade I said I was tired of this. I was tired of being overweight. I don’t want to be bullied anymore. I put it upon myself and I went to my parents and told them that I was tired of being tired all the time.”

Mason, who is an honor student at Guthrie Junior High, said after losing his weight he wanted to share his message with others about bullying.

“There are other children out there that have gone through bullying,” Mason said. “I have seen on the news that there have been kids who have died because of bullying. They decided they were done with their life. I didn’t think that was right. I feel like everyone has a purpose. It is not about what they look like. It is how they are on the inside. I want to reach out and tell the other children don’t listen to the bullies. I know how they feel. I overcame childhood obesity. I want them to know that it can be done.”

In the process, Mason started a campaign called Strive for 85 in which he does things in increments of 85 to help tell his story. Some of his goals included meeting 85 important or famous people who helped spread his story; host or attend 85 events that will help promote awareness to help with childhood obesity; help his father lose 85 pounds and help or inspire 85 kids that are facing the same challenges he did.

Mason’s campaign caught the attention of several high profile individuals including Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and first lady Michelle Obama.

Obama invited Mason and his family to visit the White House in Washington, D.C., to talk about his efforts.

“That was amazing,” Mason said of his visit with Mrs. Obama. “She was very nice. We had a five or 10 minute conversation. It was very cool.”

Additionally, Mason has started a book in which he journals his efforts and collects the signatures of the people who have influenced him.

“The very first day I wrote in there how I felt I was doing,” he said. “I looked at it and realized that I needed autographs from all the people that are helping me do this. It is basically a log book of all the people who have helped me so far. I wanted to meet 85 influential people and I have actually got that.”

Mason said he didn’t have a magic weight-loss number in mind when he started. He added that he lost the weight by changing his eating habits and walking steps at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Guthrie, which is part of the complex that was Oklahoma’s original state Capitol.

“It was not a set goal — it just happened,” Mason said. “Now I have just been maintaining the weight for about a year now. I cut back on the junk food and cut back food. I started eating healthy. I started eating more fruits and vegetables. I felt better after that. I had more energy.”

Moderation is important to helping him keep his weight trim, Mason says.

“It’s hard not to go there (fast food),” he said. “I am watching what I eat. The temptations are there.”

Last year’s Midnight Streak was Mason’s first running event. He did the 1-mile fun run and this year is looking forward to running the full 5K. This time he’s also bringing his parents Mike and Julie and his brothers, Brenan, 17, and Casey, 9, to participate as well.

“After that run it changed me,” Mason said. “It felt good because I actually finished the mile and I had never been able to do that before without stopping and having to take a breath. After that I decided to do a lot more races.”

Mason said dealing with bullying was tough for him in school.

“I tried anything I could to get away from them,” he said. “I would fake stomach aches and tell them I needed to go home.”

Julie Harvey said it was difficult watching her son struggle.

“It broke my heart when I had to leave him there at school and telling him he had to stick it out.”

Mason said he never felt anger toward his bullies.

“I have my parents’ good heart,” he said. “The reason I didn’t get angry is because I knew they probably had problems at home. They probably got picked on at home. They probably didn’t have a good home life. They do it to other people because it is probably going on with them.”

The bullying leveled off after the other students saw his physical transformation, Mason said.

“It died down because I guess they found other targets,” Mason said. “They didn’t recognize me. They were expecting to see the same kid from last year. They put me out of their eyesight.”

Julie Harvey said she is proud of what Mason has accomplished.

“It has been a huge transformation,” she said. “He feels better about himself. It has helped his self-esteem tremendously. He isn’t shy. He loves to have fun and is very outgoing. We are very proud of him.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • psc 1.jpg City likely to borrow less for PSC due to sky-high tax revenue

    During his State of the City Address Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb made a political announcement — he’s planning on running again for the office.
    Lamb made the comments in the question-and-answer session of his presentation during an Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Rose Creek Golf Course, 17031 N. May Ave.
    Mayor pro tem from 2005-2011, Lamb was elected mayor last year. His long record of service in Edmond includes serving on the City Council from 1993 to 2011.
    The question about if he will run again came from the audience. Lamb alluded to his desire to be around when the Public Safety Center is finished, which will be in the fall of 2015; the next mayoral election will be in the spring of 2015.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • New study counters pot legalization argument

    A new study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences, a researcher says.
    Researchers say the findings suggest recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes and highlight the importance of research aimed at understanding the long-term effects of low to moderate marijuana use on the brain.

    April 15, 2014

  • Allergic asthma sufferers should take some precautions when exercising

    Spring has sprung, and in addition to welcoming the beauty and warmth of the season, many folks welcome — though maybe not with eager anticipation — seasonal allergies.
    And for some, allergies and asthma go hand in hand. More than 50 percent of the 20 million Americans with asthma have allergic asthma, according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. Over 2.5 million children under age 18 suffer from allergic asthma.

    April 15, 2014

  • Dr. Fielding’s variance denied by close vote

    Reverse-angle parking will continue at the 13 N. University Drive office of Dr. Brad Fielding. The Edmond City Council rejected a variance request by the local optometrist to end the city’s pilot project in front of his medical facility.
    Councilman Nick Massey and Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell supported Fielding’s variance request that was dismissed in a 3-2 vote.
    Four parking lines were striped late last year at Fielding’s business after the city opened new bicycle lanes along University. The city cites the safety for bicyclists and motorists who traditionally depart while backing into traffic as the main reasons for introducing reverse-angle parking.

    April 15, 2014

  • brisket2.jpg Food Network show visits Guthrie for ’89er Days

    Guthrie’s annual ’89er Days Celebration provides a variety of activities for people to enjoy including a carnival, rodeo, parade and lots of food vendors.
    This year, visitors at the 84th annual event, which runs Tuesday through Saturday, will notice an added bonus when a film crew from the new television series “Carnival Eats” will be in town filming for its inaugural episode.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCSP-Family and Treasurer-04-15-2014.jpg Treasurer Miller awards ‘Tax Day Baby’ with college savings plan

    April 15 is commonly known as the day many will spend in line at the post office or finishing final preparations for tax returns. This year, one Oklahoma family spent April 15, tax day, welcoming their new son, born at 2:07 a.m. and was recognized as the first Tax Day Baby at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. 
    As the first Tax Day Baby, State Treasurer Ken Miller, R-Edmond, awarded, Quan Ta, with an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan worth $1,529. Miller, who serves as board chairman for the OCSP, reminds parents and grandparents that any contribution made to an OCSP account by April 15 qualified for a 2013 Oklahoma income tax deduction.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anita Hill.jpg Anita Hill reflects on her fateful testimony, 23 years later

    Back in 1993, I rounded a corner of a Laguna Beach, Calif., grocery store and walked straight into Anita Hill.
    We both stopped in our tracks. She looked slightly panicked, like someone had turned on a light in a room, and all she wanted was the door.
    It took a moment to register that this was the woman who, just two years before, calmly testified before a Senate committee about the sexual harassment she endured while working for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas  at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of all places.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • jc_TOUCH THE CLOUDS.jpg OSBI grounds voted locale for new sculpture

    City staff is working toward an agreement with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Lab to place the “Touch the Clouds” bronze sculpture on the OSBI grounds on Second Street. The City of Edmond would retain ownership of the artwork.
    The Edmond City Council voted 4-1 this week to allow city staff to negotiate the agreement as soon as possible. Mayor Charles Lamb voted against pursuing the agreement.
    City Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell said she was initially interested in placing the sculpture near the Smith House because of it’s proximity to state Highway 66.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • UCO debates Oklahoma Justice Commission

    A 1-percent chance that an innocent person could be executed for murder is justification to end capital punishment, said Greg Munday, who favors the abolition of the capital punishment.
    The American Democracy Project of the University of Central Oklahoma on Saturday hosted a debate on the best strategy to end the death penalty.

    April 14, 2014

  • Storm scavengers could face felony charges

    It wasn’t long after a devastating tornado hit Moore last year that scavengers were circling the wreckage. Already reeling, Moore residents had a new concern — fending off looters.
    “(It’s) pretty low to have your belongings stolen,” said Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, who said he was upset when he heard about opportunists who followed the tornado last May, as well as one that hit El Reno less than two weeks later.

    April 14, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America Applicants Vying for 'World's Toughest Job' Get Heartwarming Surprise Awkward: Crist catches Lt. Gov. insulting him on camera NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse US Airways Tweets Graphic Photo of Nude Woman Behind the scenes of the Marathon anniversary photo shoot American Airlines Responds After Girl Tweets Alleged Terror Threat 'Joke' Charlie White's "Dancing" Mistake Olympic Great & Baltimore Native Michael Phelps Ends Retirement; Eyes Rio
Poll

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

Agree
Disagree
Undecided
     View Results