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As many of you may know, Anthony has been experiencing serious health issues since May 2014 after contracting a severe autoimmune disease. He has required an extended medical work up at Shands Hospital, and has been diagnosed with a pediatric autoimmune disorder associated with a strep infection. Anthony is now at Tampa General in the Pediatric Inpatient Rehab Unit because of his inability to walk. He is currently unable to perform any activities of daily living without the assistance of his parents, must use a wheelchair and he is experiencing difficulties with his speech. His cognition appears to be slowly declining.

Even with insurance, Anthony’s family will face many uninsured illness-related expenses such as: co-pays and deductibles, visits to multiple medical specialts as well as weekly trips to physical, occupational and speech therapist to promote his recovery. His parents must provide round-the-clock care for their son, which places an even greater strain on them financially.

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May 13, 2015

Well progress has been slow for 6 months,and here we are already in April 2015 and we have great news about Anthony.
Anthony has received the gift of speech. He was mute and tried to speak but sounded muffled to others.
Now his voice is clear, smooth and understandable. Praise the Lord…
Anthony has graduated from a wheelchair to rollator and now to a walker. Now working on balance. Thank God and the Prayers.
Lastly, we believe that Anthony seems to be slightly gaining memories back/ thought process/ learning. This is so significant. Anthony has missing the entire school year because of his illness, but we all are hopeful that he will begin the school year August 2015. Thank you for all the cards/gifts. God bless you!! Mr. & Mrs. Costanza

November 18, 2014

Anthony is doing better. We are still waiting for his memory to return, to talk and walk. Keep the faith and prayer for him going it’s helping tremendously. We are still receiving hospital statements. Shands hospital and Tampa General bills are being taken care of by everyones generosity in their donations. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

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September 1, 2014

Stay strong know that love is with you and I'll keep you all in my prayers :)

xxoo - Angie

September 1, 2014

Tony, Johnna & family, We are praying for Anthony every day……love you guys.

Robb & Janice Chaplin

September 1, 2014

Dear Tony and Johana, Our prayers and blessings are with you and your beautiful son,

Bernabe and Elsa Romo

August 12, 2014

Hi Antony miss hanging out with you. I hope you get better really soon. My family is praying for you and I'm doing all I can to get my neighbors to pray also. :)

Trevor smith from CAFA