Anthony Catanzaro's Parkinsons Fund
My husband, Anthony Catanzaro is known as a legend in the fitness industry. But more importantly, he is known as a genuine caring man who has always helped others near and far out of the pure goodness of his heart and never once asked anyone for anything. His passion in life is to help others, to motivate, inspire and give people hope and faith, to always believe and live a healthy happy positive filled life.
Then in June 2015, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after not feeling well for 2 years prior, he started to notice that something was wrong—very wrong. “I got cramps in my left foot every time I began to walk.” Soon after that he began to feel stiffness throughout his body. “Then I began to feel slowness on the left side of my body, and I knew something was wrong with my brain.”
Anthony is an inspiration to all and while he has recently come out with his diagnosis, he still continues to inspire thousands each day with his pure power, faith, and positive attitude!
Tony has been unable to work for over one year now due to this terrible disease which has disabled him (for now). A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is life-changing and completely devastating to say the least. Especially when it hits someone as young as my husband, someone who never sat down, and always did things around the house and worked so hard, never did any drugs and always lived a healthy lifestyle, to someone who cannot do anything at all. My husband has difficultly with every move he makes. Whether it’s trying to turn in bed, take a shower, get dressed, eat, hold a fork, simply just trying to move his body. Anything that requires the simplest movement is extremely hard for Tony to do as the stiffness and slowness is completely debilitating him. It’s hard to explain, but its’ like his body is stuck in wet cement among a lot of other things that make him feel terrible every second of the day. Most days we both feel very defeated but he is determined to beat this monster and I know he will! He is truly a wonderful kind-hearted and giving man who is not only loved by me but loved by so many! Still today, when friends call him on the phone to see how he is doing, he is looking to help them with their problems and giving them advice even though he is suffering so very much. I see his suffering and it is unbearable to watch the person you love suffer so terribly. It’s the most helpless feeling in the world, but I will stop at nothing to try to help him and I will always be by his side.
Parkinson's is a terrible and cruel progressive neurodegenerative disease that robs the body of its ability to move , amongst a host of other symptoms that cannot be seen. So here we are. People who never asked for help, now asking for it. We are humbling ourselves before our loved ones, family, friends and amazing people whom we've never met before.
"How you can help"
The funds will be used for his healing therapies, medical costs, home safety modifications, and to help a now no-income household as I needed to take leave from work to help Tony with on-going living costs and to be able to keep our home that we lived in for 21 years.
Tony is an amazing person. He selflessly cares for everyone else before himself. I have seen this time and time again where he would literally give the shirt off his back to someone in need among so many other wonderful things he has done for friends, family and strangers. I love this man for every reason and I hate seeing him deal with this extremely unforgiving disease.
Words cannot explain the appreciation we have for all of your words of encouragement and support. We will always help others where we are able, and we will find and create opportunities in life to “pay-it-forward,” as you are doing now.
"Strength in unity"
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Any assistance is greatly appreciated..
We thank you for all of the love, support. We love you all.
Here is more on his story: https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/this-superman-of-fitness-battles-for-his-life.html
I don’t know what’s happening to me and neither do the doctors exactly. All I know is 2 weeks ago I went to the gym and was having anxiety I never felt like that before. I began stuttering and shaking for no reason at all. The next morning when I woke up I couldn’t move any part of my body I thought I was paralyzed. Then a few hours later I started to feel shaky again and then within a matter of seconds I froze up and wasn’t able to move again. Tina took me to the hospital I don’t understand what’s going on and still going on. I don’t take any drugs what so ever but I was drinking this powder called Levodopa from the Mucuna Pruriens plant which helped me when I had symptoms from my Parkinson’s. Although I did not need to drink it, I continued to do so as it was just a supplement and I didn’t think it would harm me. But as of 2 weeks ago, after I drank it once it wore off I was paralyzed again. I tried to wean myself off of it, but that only made things so much worse. The doctors don’t know, they said that it may be that I have taken too much. Tina believes that I have what is called Levodopa induced dystonia as it only happens when it is wearing off. The scary part is that when it begins to wear off, I can’t move anything except my eyeballs, it’s like I am living in a nightmare 24 hours a day!
I just don’t understand what is causing this but wanted to tell each and every one of you that I love you and that I couldn't do this without your support and to my loving wife Tina who is always by my side and suffering along with me. I hope I find an answer very soon!
Tina & Tony