Tracy was born on November 13th, 1987 and lived with her dad, mom and younger sister in Valley Stream, New York. Her home is on a block filled with friends and neighbors who shared many good times together throughout the years. She went to elementary school at Wheeler Avenue, middle school at Memorial Junior High School and high school at Valley Stream Central. Tracy was an excellent student and athlete. Her favorite sports were soccer, volleyball and lacrosse which she played throughout her high school years always wearing her #13 jersey. After finishing high school she ventured down to DeLand, Florida to attend Stetson University. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing/Business Administration and a minor in Economics. She knew the value of a good education and because of it she was lucky enough to come back to New York and get a job that she loved.
Tracy has been described by many as a girl who always smiled and she could light up a room when she walked in. Her outgoing and friendly personality made it easy for her to talk to anyone about anything. She valued the importance of family and friends and treated both with utmost respect. She would travel just about anywhere to hear the music she loved which included a variety of genres (except country, sorry!). Going to concerts or sports arenas to see her favorite teams play was a regular occurrence. If she wasn't spending her free time listening to music or watching sports you would probably find her at the mall shopping, on the weekends at the clubs or in the summer at the beach.
Tracy graduated from college in May 2009. She was back home in New York for only 4 months when she was diagnosed with head and neck cancer at the age of 21. She had surgery to remove the cancerous tumor on her tongue followed by months of radiation. Not long after, the cancer had spread to her lungs. She had 2 surgeries to remove part of both lungs followed by many rounds of chemotherapy.
Tracy fought long and hard and most people didn't even know how difficult her battle was because of her positive attitude and refusal to stop living life to its fullest and she did it with style and grace. For those of us who were lucky enough to know Tracy, her unique warmth and beautiful smile will never be forgotten. Her "beautifully reckless" attitude will live in our hearts forever.
Tracy lost her battle with cancer on May 4th, 2012 at the age of 24.
In our hearts, love lives on and nothing beautiful is ever forgotten.
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