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URGENT: BIG TONY needs our help!

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Our friend, Anthony (Tony) Philippou is a 56 year old man who is a devoted father to his 3 children, 2 of which are currently attending college,  and his daughter-in-law. To all of his friends he is BIG TONY, a happy, smiling, hug giving teddy bear. This family’s life has taken an unexpected and unfortunate turn since December  2017 when Tony was diagnosed with a Pituitary Adenoma, a brain tumor,  after being very lethargic  with excruciating headaches. 
He hasn’t been able to work since then.  

He spent two weeks in South Nassau hospital while doctors attempted to diagnose his condition.  He slept for 10 days straight while the tumor was pressing on his brain. He has no recollection of anything. Once stable, he was released and told to go for more testing.  As he turned a morbid shade of grey and felt awful,  he visited a highly recommended neurosurgeon who sent him directly to Winthrop Hospital.

 This Neurosurgeon has great credentials but sadly, does not participate in Tony’s insurance plan.  Tony awaited surgery to remove the tumor.  Unfortunately, the surgery was cancelled due to stress test results.   He was released feeling somewhat better.   

Tony has now been cleared for surgery . The cost of the Neurosurgeon in addition to the cost of hospitalization and testing,  a myriad of prescribed medications and six MRI’s leaves this family with a crippling financial burden.


For the past 20 years Tony has worked for Ferrara Bros. driving a cement truck.  He seldom, if ever misses a day of work.  Tony & Tammy are wonderful kind people that will do anything for anybody.   In addition to working, Tammy also continues to volunteer for the local girl scout troop even though her daughter is of college age.  

Tony and Tammy’s combined salaries fall far short of their mounting medical bills and cost of living expenses.  They are at risk of losing all they have worked for.  Tony now awaits his surgery with the added knowledge that saving his life will place his family in financial ruin.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Karilyn Quagliata Morelli
Lynbrook, NY
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