We are here to support families, whose primary income earners are no longer able to work due to a cancer diagnosis.
All apparel proceeds are allocated to helping families in need.
I am a survivor. I was first diagnosed with cancer at age 29, in July of 2013, with renal cell carcinoma and a very large tumor. It caused me to lose my right kidney and forced me out of work for several months. I thought I was well on my way to recovery when I unexpectedly had my first two seizures. On September 24, 2015, I was diagnosed with a second, completely unrelated cancer — brain cancer.
After my docs determined I had Oligodendroglia Grade 3 Brain cancer, I underwent a successful “awake craniotomy,” which is a very specialized and rare surgery. It was about 8-10 hours long and I was awake for most of it. Following that, I underwent 30 days of brain radiation and 14 months of physical therapy and chemotherapy. Currently, my cancers are both stable. But the fight I am facing is far from over. I will always be under a microscope but now I am using my story to help other families that are fighting through the cancer journey.
"TONY'S STORY COULD BE ANY OF US."
Scotty and tony, CO-FOUNDERS OF TONY FOUNDATION
A cancer diagnosis turns a family’s world upside down. While the shock of such news is still fresh, life and its obligations continue – sometimes with mounting medical bills and other financial stresses. This is especially critical when the person who is diagnosed with cancer happens to be the financial provider for the family, and their medical condition is serious enough that they are no longer able to work.
Tony Foundation is a non-profit corporation based in Austin, Texas. Our goal is to help fill a critical financial need that comes with a new cancer diagnosis. Tony Laudadio’s family faced this very predicament – first, when he was diagnosed in 2013, at age 29, with renal cell carcinoma – and again, two years later, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer (completely unrelated to the renal cancer). He and his family understand the struggle of facing a sudden battery of tests, treatments and even surgeries, while being unable to work due to cancer. Immediate expenses pile up quick, adding to an already intense level of stress and worry.
That’s why he and Scott Patterson created the Tony Foundation: to provide financial assistance to help meet immediate, existing needs for families whose sole income earners, in their most productive years, have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to continue employment.