PHOENIX, Ariz. – Pasquale Brocco found himself weighing over 600 pounds and knew he needed a change.
“Basically, I was told I was on my death bed, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, anything you can name, I probably had,” he said.
He says a doctor recommended gastric bypass surgery, but said he needed to lose weight first.
“I just threw everything out in my house. And I said, every time I want to eat, I’ll walk to the store and get each and every meal,” Brocco told FOX 10. “I used to walk a mile to Walmart and a mile home, cook my food, and when my next meal came, I would do it again. I would do it three to four times a day.”
He lost over 300 pounds on his own without ever having surgery. However, he was upset with the way his body looked because of nearly 30 pounds of excess skin.
He created a GoFundMe page to raise money for skin removal surgery, and an Arizona surgeon even offered to cover the costs.
He says he wants to be an inspiration to his young son and others, proving that if he can come back from being obese, anyone can do it.