After developing cancer in 2014, 18-year-old Anthony “Tony” may have lost a finger, but not his spirit. Even in the face of something as life-altering as cancer, the New Lenox resident maintained his caring and humble personality.
Tony was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in his left middle finger. After undergoing aggressive treatments and learning how to write again after the amputation, Tony just wanted an opportunity to relax and have fun with his family and take his mind off his illness. In January Make-A-Wish Illinois granted Tony’s wish for a trip to Hawaii for a week of fun in the sun.
Tony chose Hawaii because he thought he’d never get the chance to go there. His whole family had such a blast touring the island, visiting Pearl Harbor and relaxing on the beach it was hard for him to choose a favorite moment.
“I loved the whole thing,” Tony said of his wish experience. “From meeting the wish granters until the end of the trip, it was a really great experience. It made me feel good that I was able to celebrate myself and not focus on being sick.”
“He was very sick when we first met him,” wish granting volunteer Karen said. “When I talked to him after his wish he was a totally different person. It was a life-changing experience and his family was made to feel extremely special by Make-A-Wish.”