WHY YOUR GIFT IS SO IMPORTANT!
"Family is not an important thing, it's EVERYTHING.”
- Michael J. Fox
Thank You for your interest in helping and learning about our AMAZING and INSPIRING little brother!
Our goal, as his big brother's is to raise funds that the Dr's from Pittsburgh told our family will need to raise for Tony.
OUR FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP ! And TONY NEED's YOU!
Our brother Tony is 8 years old and 3 1/2 years later he has been waiting for transplant. Tony is need of a stomach & total intestinal transplant and the longer his wait he will also receive liver transplant. He was born with Total Colonic Hirschsprung's Disease. It affects his digestive tract that doesn't allow him to eat or go to bathroom as a normal kid would.
Tony wears an Ostomy Bag for his waste, a G Tube for when he could tolerate feeds thru his stomach and a IV Cath in his chest for his IV Nutrition because his digestive system can't handle food due to the disease.
His main hospital ,our second home and what will be his new home once transplant commences for the past 7 years has been the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey,Pa. of Pediatric Surgery,Dr.Cilley and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of Pediatric Transplant Surgery ,Dr. Geoffrey Bond has been part of the teams of Dr's since he was six days old and since he was evaluated for transplant.
However, we were told that in order for Tony to get better he would have to have a MAJOR transplant. His surgery will take place once a suitable donor of a child is found, at the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. It will take another child's life to allow our brother to survive and grow.
Dr. Robert E. Cilley,MD Dr. Jeffrey Rudolph,MD
(Head Attending of Pediatric Surgery (Head attending of Pediatric Gastro-
at the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey,PA) enterology at the UPMC Children's Hosp of
The funds we have raised so far, is in a Special Needs Trust that will allow our parents to take care of Tony and us while in Pittsburgh. Tony and our family will have to temporarily re-locate to get Tony better so that he is close to the hospital during his recuperation of possibly 6 to 12 months, until doctors feel confident that Tony will have no complications and will be able to come home. However, its all depends on Tony and with the help of many PRAYERS!
Since the beginning of October 2013 Tony had to have the longest run of his central line removed due to the age and not by infection. He had a re-wire to keep the IV access so that he wouldn't lose it. However he acquired a skin rash around the new site that caused the Dr's to remove it, as they waited for the rash to clear upon a Radiology test, Pediatric Hematology alerted our parents that Tony has a thrombosis clot in the right sub-clavain main artery. Since then our Mom has been administering Lovenox injections twice a day to Tony, which is supposed to break up the clot. Come November 18th thru November 22nd our family will be heading to Pittsburgh for one of two appointments. The first will be on the 18th with Ped. Hematology to determine if Tony's clot is responding to the injections or if he will need heart surgery. On the Thursday, November 21st Tony will then see his Intestinal Care Team to determine if they will move him from a status 2 to status 1 now that he has a heart condition. (We will keep everyone posted on FB - checkout our pages :"Tony's Helper's", "Tony's Challenge" and "Antonio Forte Transplant Fund Trust").
Watching our little brother grow up- he is like any other brother, picking on Dominic and I, going thru our things and just messing with us. However, Tony is not like other little kids his age. He can't go to school, he can't go or have play dates, no sleep overs, no swimming,no birthday cake or know what it is like to have a full meal without becoming sick or limits, no candy, or ice cream and especially what it is like not to have to carry his backpack which is his means of life support that he has to wear to keep him alive. Once his transplant comes,he will be like "Pinocchio" free of his strings and to be able to become a "REAL-BOY".
If you are a sibling with a brother or sister who has an illness or a life-threatening one like Tony.Their illness, becomes your illness. Both Dominic and I have been there whenever he needs us and when we need him. He taught us something most kids don't get to witness unless you know someone that is ill,the sense of tolerance, patience, compassion and humility towards life itself and to others who need our help.
He's our brother and WE NEED YOUR HELP, in helping us help him! I, Vinny (13) created this website to pay tribute to our brother ,family and to honor all of the area businesses, contributors,extended family and the public in general for helping us along his journey.
We have also added newspaper articles from our local papers and interviews with local news channels about *some very Special gifts that were recently given to our family before 2012.
There's 3 ways YOU can make a donation to Tony by visiting your nearest PNC Bank,clicking the above donate button thru PayPal or if you rather send your donation personally to our family, please take note of the address below.
* CHRISTMAS * WISH * CAMPAIGN *:
We have a current campaign on the next page titled " Christmas Wish $1 for Tony" of which we kindly ask of you to share with everyone and anyone you know on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Have your friends and family share and re-post .He's our brother and we can't imagine our life without him!
RUNNING RAFFLE :
We have extended our running raffle to this stunning piece of Jewelry donated by Jessica Finch of Finch Jewelers to help us raise monies for Tony's Fund. A very special THANK U goes to a Ms. Lori Galati who obtained raffles and this piece to help us raise funds for Tony's Fund and to Finch Jewelers for their sincere generosity. The raffle will be on-going till Midnight February the 8th , 2014 just in time for Valentine's Day. It's a 14kt White Gold, Diamond Pave' Clover Pendant on a 16" 14kt White Gold Box Chain.. This piece appraises at $ 972.00. Total Diamond Weight is .15 cts. Tickets will be sold 1 ticket for $25, 3 tickets for $50 and 5 tickets for $100. Forms of payment accepted will be Money Order, Cash, Square and PayPal. ****No Checks Accepted****. Please go to www.aftft.com and click on the donate button to make your payment via paypal. Money Orders will need to be made out to : the Antonio Forte Transplant fund Trust and sent to 2131 Fruitville Pike- Lancaster, PA 17601. For Square payments please call Vinny at 717 406-5051 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, Tickets will be mailed once payment is, please enclose Full Name , Address, Phone number and Email, so if you winner number is pulled we can notify you. Raffle ends Feb 8th, 2014, 11:59pm EST. (Photo Taken by Jessica Finch of Finch Jewelers). For those who would like to help sell raffle tickets kindly Private Message me. Thank You all in advance, good luck.
THANK YOU ! Vinny & Dominic Forte
(717) 560-3610 The Forte Family
Tax Deductible Donations can be sent to :
Antonio Forte Transplant Fund Trust
c/o Monica Forte
2131 Fruitville Pike
Lancaster, Pa 17601 or
can be made at any PNC BANK Branch
(Federal Tax ID# 27-6763548)
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have Facebook Pages "Tony's Helper's", "Tony's Challenge" & " Antonio Forte Transplant Fund Trust" . PLEASE MAKE NOTE! You can also find Tony on TWITTER @4tonyschallenge.