The Luckiest Losers
Shari Pais, 31, and Victor Pittaro, 37
How they met: Shari, who had undergone gastric bypass surgery in 2002, caught a glimpse of Victor, who had the same procedure done in 2003, in a local hospital support group. At that point, she’d already lost over 200 pounds; he’d just begun his transformation. Later, when this "hot new guy" showed up at the group’s favorite post-meeting diner, her friends invited him to sit at their table.
Their dating days: Later that week, Victor sent Shari an e-mail, asking her to be his "angel," his support buddy in the program. Shari gladly accepted the role—and a dinner date.
The proposal: Though the pair had talked marriage since their second date, Shari burst into tears when Victor presented her with a ring tucked inside an Easter basket just five months later. "He said, ‘I asked you to be my angel when
we first met. Now I want you to be my angel for life.’"
The wedding: The pair married at St. Luke’s Church in Whitestone, New York, in February 2005. Shari became pregnant with baby Ronald, born exactly nine months later.