Wow! Wow! Wow!
Let us begin with great thanks to everyone who has offered a contribution to our awesome young guy. I can’t begin to tell you how happy his friends are to be able to do something to make a difference for someone who has lived his life making a difference for everyone else.
Anthony is home, a few days post kidney surgery. He is doing pretty well- doesn’t speak of much pain from the procedure but he wouldn’t. He has been instructed to be still and rest and mend for at least three weeks. His nephrologists need this procedure to mend and be successful in order for his kidney function to be restored in order to move forward with the next major step –the Chiari procedure. This hasn’t been scheduled yet as he needs to do the right thing –stay quiet and heal –and we pray that these stints will do what they are intended to do and get his system to where it needs to be to handle what faces.
The brain surgery is a high risk surgery, highly taxing on the body, and with no guarantees of relief from his condition. We are praying and believing however that he is going to clear this first hurdle with his kidneys and start training physically, psychologically and spiritually be ready to take it on –and he’s going to have the miracle his life is in desperate need of.
There aren’t words sufficient to describe what this young man has been through in his short life- but he’s lived with this intense pain and illnesses for many years. All the while –working his way through school, always having a job, often a second job, and more importantly he has always been there for his friends. I’m not one of the guys –just a Mom who has watched this “pack” grow up together –and I know that no matter what agony Anthony would be in, if Bryan needed him –he was there –when we went through our accident with Bella, he helped Tyler through the trauma while we were at Westchester for months. If a friend broke down or had car trouble –Anthony never says no. It didn’t matter how bad his head or eyes hurt –or his kidneys were screaming- he showed up with a smile and smart wit and got it done –whatever was needed. He’s just that guy.
We are so proud of who he has become, and all he has come through and overcome in his difficult life, but I do admit, if he ever finds this fundraiser and sees what I wrote I will be locking my doors and shutting down my phone as I think he’d be mortified to know what I am writing about him! He’s a tough guy but he is loved by and has affected many in amazing ways –His friendship with Bryan and Tyler, Luc… they are funny funny guys –in spite of all of his pain and suffering –he kept up and gave all of his heart whether it was a night of laughing or a friend in trouble –
Now its time he’s taken care of and loved back as much as he’s given of himself. We thank you so much for helping his friends make this happen.
I believe he’s going to get a little visit from BC and Tyler this weekend so maybe I’ll have a better medical update later. In the meantime, thank you, God Bless You –and those of you who are not in a position to give- your prayers are more valuable than anything. Please feel free, especially if you are not in a position to give, to share this link and get the word out… that in and of itself is a gift.
God Bless. And Bella is extremely excited to be doing this for somebody that she cares about- one of her big brothers-
I LOVE YOU ~Says Bella~Roo