Anthony’s diagnosis of leukemia in November of 2007 put this high school student’s college plans and dreams temporarily on hold. This cancer of the blood and bone marrow has damaged his liver, and the threat of infection is always lurking. Anthony had a very tough year; he had to endure months of chemotherapy, which made him lose his hair and caused him to be very fatigued.
This young pro-wrestling enthusiast received the thrill of a lifetime, getting to experience the non-stop live action of the WWE and meeting Superstar John Cena at the New Orleans Arena prior to the match. Anthony’s adventures also provided him with a taste of the culture in New Orleans, such as a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s biggest yearly event at Mardi Gras World, a surreal visit to the Musée Conti wax museum and a jazzy cruise on the Mighty Mississippi aboard the Steamboat Natchez.
“It was so fun!” said Anthony. Of his son’s reaction to meeting Cena, Anthony’s dad, Mike, explained, ““We loved every minute we spent in New Orleans. It was worth a million dollars to see how excited and happy Anthony was.” Mike continued, “It meant the world to him, something he might not have gotten a chance to do otherwise, a dream come true!”