When Pasquale Brocco was told by his doctor that he was going to die from obesity, he decided it was time for a radical lifestyle change.
"Basically I was told I was on my death bed," Brocco told WAGA. "High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, anything you can name I probably had."
At 605 pounds, Brocco was not even eligible to undergo gastric bypass surgery. He had to lose weight.
"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,'" he said. "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."
After two years of this routine, Brocco had lost a whopping 330 pounds.
He no longer needs the gastric bypass. However, he is now saving money to pay for a procedure that will remove 30 pounds of excess skin from his body.
Brocco started a GoFundMe page and has raised more than $2,000. His doctor has generously offered to cover the remainder of the surgery's cost, which is about $40,000.
"He's excited about the surgery. I'm excited about the surgery," Dr. Remus Repta told KSAZ.
He explained that this is a unique opportunity for his practice.
"We do a lot of weight loss surgery here, but it's tilted towards women," he said. "So him in particular, being a male – but more importantly, his physique – [...] he's almost like a body-builder. At this point, [he's] just big muscles everywhere and lean."
"I'm excited to modify and reinvent the skin loss, skin-removal surgery to fit his body physique, you know, because there's an opportunity there to hide the scars differently when there are muscles that are showing. So he's excited. I'm excited. We'll see where it gets us."
Brocco hopes his story will inspire other people to take control of their health and their lives.
"I figure if I came from where I was to that – this totally morbidly obese [man] to a professional athlete – it'll be just an amazing story for everyone to get more motivated," he told WAGA.