Anthony was a brilliant boy filled with positivity, compassion, smiles, laughter and love. Anthony loved learning about space and everything NASA. When he grew up he wanted to be an astronomer. He also was a meatball connoisseur and a big Chicago Cubs fan (despite growing up on the South Side of town). Anthony loved life, even until the very end of his short life, he smiled and his positivity radiated, it was contagious. His laugh was infectious!
Despite his 19 month battle with DIPG and the toll it was taking on his body, Anthony never lost his beautiful smile. He never lost his sense of humor. He never lost his love for his family, his friends, or for his passion to live life to its absolute fullest. Anthony was an avid journalist and would often end his journal entries with “I had a good day today”. His family and friends try to carry forth that attitude and outlook to strive for GOOD days.
On the morning of March 9, 2017, surrounded by love and his family, our precious boy took his last breath on this earth. He was 7 years old and is now “forever 7” in our hearts and minds.
The one constant other than Anthony’s smile during his battle was the unwavering support of family, friends and strangers in our community. At the time, Anthony’s Avengers started as a grassroots effort in a Mount Greenwood kitchen and has now quickly grown onto the national level. This organization would be nowhere without the support of our fellow Southsiders and their drive to help in our fight against DIPG.