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Brooklyn man ‘overwhelmed, grateful’ for influx of donations toward skin-removal surgery

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PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn (PIX11)-- A Brooklyn man says he's overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support he has received trying to raise money for skin-removal surgery.

Matt Diaz, 22, lost 270 pounds over the past six years after lap band surgery. That's nearly half his body weight, but now he's dealing with folds and folds of leftover skin.

Diaz posted a heart-felt video on Tumblr revealing his personal battle with his body image and how scared he was to show his excess skin.

He spoke with PIX11 News Sunday about his journey, saying "I'm not ashamed of who I am."

After setting up a GoFundMe Page with the goal of $20,000, Diaz now has raised more than double that in less than four days.

He said his revelation is all about positive body image and self-esteem and many of those supporting him agree.

One of the commenters on his GoFundMe page said, "Never be ashamed of who you are, Matt. You're an inspiration to many best of luck in the future."

"I think what you've done is amazing," Jennifer Young Cooley, another commenter, wrote. "Hold your head high and proud."

Diaz is scheduled to meet with plastic surgeons this week.

While he thinks that the surgery might cost more than initially planned, he said he'll donate what's left over to others dealing with the same situation.