Floored by Diabetes Diagnosis, Richard Fink Fought Back

Richard Fink, right, working with Orangetheory trainer Jacob Bonano, has been on a mission to beat back diabetes since a scary blood sugar reading last year.

Richard Fink was an All-High first baseman who weighed about 165 pounds when he played for the Bennett High School baseball team during the mid-1970s. He spent the 1980s and ’90s playing Muni and suburban hardball with teams based near his Getzville home, as well as pickup basketball up to three times a week.

Fink, 62, has worked the last three decades as a legal process server. Over the years, he spent a growing amount of time behind a desk or the wheel of a car. He ate lots of food on the go and enjoyed his share of the standard Buffalo diet: breakfast sandwiches, chicken wings and pizza.

The nearly 6-foot-tall Fink weighed 215 pounds when a case of pneumonia knocked him off his feet for two months early last year. He packed on another 15 pounds as he recovered.

Meanwhile, his blood sugar level crept into the diabetes range.
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