Tonys Cancer & Recovery Fund

I am raising money for... help paying bills while i go through 11 months of radiation & chemo treatments and up to a year of therapy and recovery from the 43 blasts of radiation to my tumor on the back of my tongue (its called BOT Base of tongue Cancer. and 3 supercharged chemotherapy sessions that lat for 12 hurs each time.


im in the middle of the process and and extremely weak and lost all my hair


The money collected will go towards... My Utility Bills i.e.. Electric, Water, Phone, Rent.. etc


Supporters can also help by... Donating anything that my family could use to keep the house clean. We need basics; 

Shampoo
Body wash
Laundry detergent
Household cleaning supplies
Toilet Paper
Nose Tissues
Clorox wipes
Baby wipes
Lots of bottle water for tracheotomy humidifier
Hand sanitizer
Lysol disinfectant spray because my immune system is compromised
Tooth paste
Paper towels
AA batteries for my blood pressure meter
Dishwashing soap

A little about me; i got diagnosed with base of tongue cancer Decembr of 2009. I believe in the lord and have served him for many years. Maybe not as much or as correctly as i should but i kept a daily prayer routine throughout my years and made sure i kept our relationship going. Within 2[phone redacted] i got a lot of distractions in my life. It caused me to lose touch with my lord and even my family. I have a wife named Trini and 5 children. Cecy 16, Christian 15, Anna, 12, Monica 8, and Anthony Jr 5. My marriage became on the rocks due to long hours of working from home on websites and running a small computer & networking business. Seeing each other all day everyday for 5 years somehow took its toll on our marriage. I know what it was now but at the time i was blind to the warning signs God was giving me. 

I won't go into extreme detail of the years leading up to my diagnoses but i will say this. i was not praying correctly, not reading my bible or even going to church for almost 5 years. My work consumed me to pay for the lifestyle I liked and wanted to give my family. I worked 28hr days and had an extreme stress load at all times. This caused y blood pressure to go up and make my tumor bleed. I bled so many times and so much I became anemic. 

All this started in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I decided to move back here to be close (Next Door) to my best friend and worship leader for my church. He requested me to come back (i had lived here for 5 years prior to ABQ) and be a part of the ministry because he needed me. I went home and prayed and sought counsel about the move. Everything pointed to come here.

December 20th i was bleeding from my throat for about the 100th time so I went to Maricopa Hospitaland they got my BP down and I saw an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat Doctor) and I got the news. Squimes Cell Carcinoma (Base of tongue Cancer)

In short i just believed God would heal me. I have not been treated until now due to waiting on god for 2 years to heal me. I am now still believing God will heal me. But i think its been this route all along. Not the procrastination one. 

I start treatments September 7 and have roughly 11 months of treatments and up to a year of recovery. This site is only intended to help me raise funds for my living expenses while i can not work. I ask you to let God speak to you about donating anything to my fund. My plan is to be back on my feet for my diagnoses anniversary december 2012 this year

I know $10,000 sound like a lot of money but in reality everyday things to keep my trach (breathing tube) and my PEG Tube (Feeding Tube) clean and infection free i have to pay for out of pocket. Its a small fortune each month to stock up on gauss and wound cleanser and just those 2 cost $24 plus tax and it goes in about 3 weeks. And i have to use lysol to keep my feeding area clean because i have open wounding with pipes connecting to a feeding machine so i can stay fed to keep my organs working or i can die.

i really need about $15k to make it through the whole treatment process and therapy and recovery and to buy most of the non cancer related stuff i need to get back on my feet.

I have shutoff notices for water and electric and phone monthly. My rent is already past due every month and i got a judgment last january because i was one day late paying the so called land lords when we had and agreement to may on monday. they want me and my family out but i have looked every way possible. it takes about 3k to move and rent a truck etc and there are only me and my kids to load a 24' truck by ourselves. I can barely walk to the bathroom, than pack a 4 bedroom 60 year old. plus I'm connected o these cables 24hrs a day. things are getting better health wise but the stress of having to move each month is giving me high blood pressure. I'm on 8 pills a day 3 times a day. the doctor said your going to have a heart attack before the cancer kills you. then what would my family do? i have made all the money and took care of this house all by myself for 18 years. my wife does not know how to do anything because i loved her and it was my job to take care o everything.

I ave sold everything i own except for my computers to use as tools for what little work i get that helps pay my expenses. 

Please remember any amount helps. 100 people giving $1 is $100. Please find it in your heart after praying or thinking as to how much you can afford to give. 

This money will be used only for my Bills and Rent. I will even pay you back as soon as I'm better and get a job. Consider your donation a short term loan of sorts.

If you have any questions or would like more information you can call 

[phone redacted]

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- UPDATE MAY 17TH 2012

HELLO EVERYONE. ITS ME TONY, I JUST WANTED TO UPDATE THIS STORY A BIT. SO HERE IS MY UPDATE. 

AS OF TODAY ITS BEEN 6 MONTHS SINCE MY LAST TREATMENT. WHAT HAPPENED WAS I DID NOT FINISH DUE TO EXTREME PAIN IN MY THROAT AND A MONTH OF NO SLEEP AND PAIN THAT I CANT EVEN DESCRIBE. BASICALLY THEY MICROWAVED MY THROAT. THEY JUST THEY NARCOTICS AT ME INSTEAD OF SITTING DOWN AND FINDING WHAT WAS REALLY MY PAIN. I NEVER SAW MY DOCTOR DURING ANY OF THE PRESCRIPTIONS SHE JUST BLINDLY WROTE ME NARCOTICS. 

SO I FELT I WAS NOT GETTING THE CARE FROM BANNER DESERT CANCER CENTER SO I HAD TO HANDLE MY PAIN ON MY OWN. ON THANKSGIVING 2011 I STOPPED MY TREATMENTS AND NEVER GONE BACK. I WAS ABOUT 22 RADIATION PLUS 3 CHEMOS AWAY FROM FINISHING MY TREATMENT. WHAT GOT ME WAS HOW COLD MY DOCTOR WAS. 

I ACCIDENTALLY THOUGHT OF A CHILDREN'S MEDICINE THAT I COULD TAKE AS ITS A LIQUID AND USE IT ON MY FEEDING TUBE IN MY STOMACH. IT WAS CHILDREN'S ADVIL. AND WOW!!!!! I FINALLY GOT PAIN RELIEF FOR ABOUT 4HRS AT A TIME. I TOOK IT EVERY 6HRS. IT WAS SO SIMPLE THAT WHY DIDNT MY DOCTOR TELL ME ORE RECOMMEND IT. I FOUND EACH DOCTOR AFTER WAS SURPRISED AS ME THAT IT WAS THE ONLY THING OUT OF THE MOST POWERFUL NARCOTICS IN THE WORLD COULD NOT STOP ANY PAIN BUT CHILDREN'S ADVIL DID. 

SO AS OF TODAY I HAVE NOT BEN BACK. I LAY IN BED EAT SOFT OOD MOSTLY MY LIQUID FORMULA JEVITY 1.5 6 TIMES A DAY AND PUDDING. :-) 

I GOT A LETTER FROM THAT SAME DOC SAYING SINCE I NEVER WENT BACK SHE WOULD NO LONGER SEE ME. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

SO I GO EVERYDAY STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. IM STILL IN THE SAME STATE I WAS 8 MONTHS AGO. NO MONEY, A RENT JUDGMENT OVER MY HEAD AT ANY TIME MY LANDLORDS CAN EVICT ME AND I HAVE 3 DAYS TO MOVE A 4 BEDROOM HOUSE WITH ME AND MY WIFE PACKING. 

I DID THIS UPDATE TO JUST LET EVERYONE KNOW IM STILL IN THE SAME BOAT. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE TUMOR AS OF JANUARY WAS NOT THERE. IT WAS GONE FROM WHAT MY ENT DOC TOLD ME. SO EVEN THOUGH I STRESS EACH DAY FOR $20 JUST TO MAKE JUST ENOUGH TO THE PENNY TO PAY MY BILLS EACH MONTH I PRAISE GOD FOR HEALING ME. 

IF ANYBODY IS READING THIS, CAN YOU FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO DONATE EVEN $1? AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE "100 PEOPLE DONATE $1 IS $100. I HAVE HAD THIS PAGE FOR 9 MONTHS AND ONLY GOT $80. NOT COMPLAINING AT ALL. I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A LITTLE MORE THAN THAT. MY BILLS ARE ABOUT $1,800 A MONTH. I PUT $5,000 DUE TO MY 2 MONTHS BEHIND ON RENT, AND UTILITIES AND I LIVE EACH MONTH WITH DISCONNECT NOTICES OVER MY HEAD AND SOMETIME THE STRESS IS MORE WOSE THAN MY TREATMENTS. 

IF YOU CAN DONATE PLEASE DO. IF NOT ITS OK. I LOVE YOU ANYWAY JUST PRAY FOR ME AND FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO MAKE A DONATION. 

ILL BE DOING MORE UPDATES SOON!!!

-TONY

IF YOU WANT TO CALL ME TO TALK OR PRAY PLEASE DO. I CAN USE ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT AS POSSIBLE.

[phone redacted]


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