Honored Kid

Tony Ruggiero

Tony Ruggiero Kid Photo

Location

Ansonia, CT, US

Diagnosis

Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

December 1986

Status

Angel

Treated At

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

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My Story

Tony was wise beyond his years but he always had a smile on his face. His favorite saying "I was born under the Cancer sign and I have Cancer". He challenged adults to respect a child's intelligence and a child's understanding of their body and illness. He loved to joke and engage in banter with anyone who would participate. He loved his Red Sox and 49 niners. He was probably an angel in the outfield when the Red Sox won their championship game in 2004 and 2007. During his short life, he endured a chemotherapy burn on his right arm which needed physical therapy to restore 98% of the use of his arm. After all other venues were tried, he spent three months in the Bone Marrow unit with an autologous bone marrow transplant during the Christmas holidays. He was worried Santa Claus wouldn't find him but Old ST. Nick did and he received the Game Boy he desired. Although he was with us only for a short time (ten years), our family wouldn't trade anytime to replace the joy he gave us. Our grandchildren have learned about their Uncle Tony and the terrible disease which can take a loved one away. It is in their faces we see our son live and thrive in the joy of childhood and it is through the generosity of your donations, a cure may become possible for this disease.

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