Meet TMP's Tracy Della Vecchia

Tracy has raised $305 of a $1000 goal.


Tracy Della Vecchia

Tracy will be participating in the following for 2022:

Let's Roll Hero Run
Date: January 14-16, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Honor Veteran Patients Run
Date: February 11-14, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Rosie the Riveter Run
Date: March 18-20, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Military Child Run
Date: April 15-17, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Marine Corps Devil Dog Double
Date: May 22, 2022
Location: MCMO Virginia: Fredicksburg

Marine Corps Semper 5ive
Date: May 22, 2022
Location: MCMO Virginia: Fredicksburg

Marine Corps Historic Half
Date: May 22, 2022
Location: MCMO Virginia: Fredicksburg

Military Appreciation Run
Date: May 27-30, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

PTSD Awareness Run
Date: June 24-26, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Dale Larson's Challenge
Date: July 22-24, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Marine Corps Quantico Virtual 12K
Date: August 20, 2022
Location: MCMO: Quantico, VA & Virtual

Semper Gumby Run
Date: August 26-28, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Gold Star Honor Run
Date: September 24-26, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Marine Corps Marathon
Date: October 30, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

Marine Corps MCM 10K
Date: October 30, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

Marine Corps Turkey Trot
Date: November (TBA)
Location: MC Virtual Event: Quantico

Honor Veterans Run
Date: November 11-13, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Wrap It Up 2022 Run
Date: December 9-11, 2022
Location: Virtual Event

Marine Corps Vietnam 196.7 Miler
Date: February 1 - March 18, 2022
Location: MCMO Virtual Event

Marine Corps 17.75K Virtual
Date: March 26, 2022
Location: Virtually

Mollys Miles 10k, 5k,& Virtual
Date: April 30 2022
Location: Columbia Mo

Iron Mike Foundation 5K
Date: August 13, 2022
Location: Armada, Michigan and Virtual

30% $305 Complete
Since 2003 when my Marine son left for his first combat tour to Iraq, has been my life. As the founder, I wouldn't have had it any other way. But through the years, I became more and more unhealthy as my drive to develop outreach programs and push the organization to be the very best took priority over taking care of my own health.

By late 2020 I was faced with life-threatening health problems: I was morbidly obese at 330 pounds, had type 2 diabetes, and had extremely high blood pressure. I couldnt walk to the end of my culdesac.

2021 was the organizations second year of Virtual Runs and I knew I had to participate as well; I weighed 330 pounds and was unable to carry my own body any distance at all. I joined Team Marine Parents despite all my health issues. I committed to raising money for the organizations outreach programs. I bought a seated elliptical and used that to complete our first virtual events of 2021. I started a healthy weight loss program that embraced all aspects of my life including whole foods, good nutrition, exercise, water, sleep, and less stress.

Fast forward to September 2021, I had lost 50+ pounds by that time and I took a walk in my neighborhood for the first time ever. Yes, ever! I walked a mile. And I have walked every single morning since. In 2021 I lost 85 pounds and I now walk from 2-4 miles every morning. I've lost track of the number of 10ks I've walked but probably about 10 or 12.

Team Marine Parents and our Virtual Runs have literally saved my life. There is absolutely no way anyone could have told me a year ago that I could have accomplished this. Im now completely off one of my diabetes medicines. My blood pressure is normal. I sleep through the night for the first time since my son went to war in 2003. I wake up without pain.

Im looking forward to another year on Team Marine Parents as I continue my journey to a healthier me. Im looking forward to telling a story next year of having lost another 80 pounds and doing Dale Larsons half marathon in July this year. I hope youll consider joining Team Marine Parents and making a donation to my $1000 goal.

And PS: For the first time EVER, my two youngest grandsons were able to sit on my lap last summer. I have my lap back. Thank you Team Marine Parents!


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