Growing up, Tony was familiar with the topics of donation and transplantation. His father, Brian, is a Minnesota Lions club member and a cornea recipient. Because generous cornea donors restored his dad’s vision, Tony had made sure that “DONOR” was on his first driver’s license. If he could help another person in any way through donation, he wanted to do it. Tony knew how precious was the gift of sight.
Tony was 24 years old and a student, musician, beloved son, brother, and fiancé when he was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma, a rare cancer. Despite a tremendous fight, he passed away in 2009. Tony’s cornea donations gave a cornea transplant patient new hope and furthered knowledge of eye diseases through research.