The Teaneck native went on to drop 60 pounds and compete in college.
His experiences gave him a sense of confidence and taught him lessons he hopes to pass on to his two sons.
Last month, Klyman came one step closer to fulfilling a dream: he was selected to represent Canada in the 20th Maccabi Games in Israel come Summer 2017.
Almost $5,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe as of Friday morning to help Klyman pay for flights. He hopes his wife, Renee, and toddlers will cheer him on from the sidelines in Israel.
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