In Loving Memory...
Tony was the definition of strength. From the time he was diagnosed a little over 5 years ago on December 5th, 2011, to the minute he left our earth on February 10th, 2017 there wasn’t a day he didn’t start with gusto, for an appreciation of everything he had in life, with a love of all things beautiful - life, love, laughter. He valued every relationship he had and was the most loyal person you’d ever meet. His kindness reassuring, his bluntness refreshing. He had a voice that traveled wide and hands that quite literally built homes. His love for his family shown in everything he did and their wellbeing always took top priority, especially as he battled every day. He was not going to let cancer take him down. And he didn’t!
He had a larger than life personality. So large that God needed him for something else. Something bigger. So he took him. But not before he taught us all. Live large, appreciate all. Take what you want in life. And be proud - but not without always remaining kind, and loving, and with respect. For everyone….Small or tall, black or white, sweet or not…everyone, everything.
And when life throws you lemons....take those lemons and bake a cake, eat a cake!!!
I'd Like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days
I'd like the tears, of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done
Donations to CCA (from Dana Tenebruso)
This organization has provided so much information and support to our family from the start of our journey. Any family that unfortunately goes through this will look for lots of answers, support, relief, and even a sense of commonality and the CCA has been and continues to be a place of strength and encouragement for all. My husband was very young and going though something no one young or old deserves to go through, but in so many moments when we felt lost and alone, I looked towards this organization to help us find hope. Their intention to get as much information out as possible has been priceless for many families, including my own, and their help with making connections possible, invaluable.
Please help make sure they are able to continue doing the work they do until we can stomp out colon cancer completely!