The village of Wheeling finds Danni Allen's victory on "The Biggest Loser" weight-loss show inspirational, and she in turn said she couldn't have done it without support from the village, her family and friends.
Village President Judy Abruscato declared Monday Danni Allen Day. She gave Allen a key to the municipality and a plaque, and hosted a short reception that included plates of fruits and vegetables.
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"Danni Allen's achievements on The Biggest Loser are not only a testimony to her own determination and fortitude, but also an inspiration to millions of Americans who struggle with adult and childhood obesity," the declaration said.
Allen, who lost 121 pounds on NBC's "Biggest Loser" and won this season's competition, confessed she was emotional when she gave her thanks, adding that audience members saw her teary on the show, too.
Allen hugged a few trustees and said critical support came from family and friends, but she also appreciated the messages and tweets about how the community was behind her, too.
And when she would come home for visits during the competition, people "surrounded me with love," she said.
The competitor's hope is that "my struggles spark some inspiration for wellness in the community."