“Things don’t matter, people do.” This quotation from author Rosie Thomas expresses how Tony viewed the world during his life, a life tragically shortened by brain cancer. From his earliest days Tony displayed a devotion to his family, and as he grew he invested in friendships wherever he went. The importance of people to Tony was behind his pursuit of a medical career. He wanted to help people, and not just make money.
Goal-oriented from elementary school on, Tony applied himself to his studies, while leaving time for sports, music – piano, trumpet and guitar – and hanging out with friends. By the end of high school, his accomplishments included graduation as a valedictorian and being honored as a National Merit Scholar. He attended Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Biology. He attended the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, graduating with a medical degree in 2008. Tony was scheduled to begin residency in the Radiation Oncology program at Georgetown University Hospital. Had not cancer taken his life, Tony would be practicing medicine today, bringing his intelligence, humor and personal warmth to his patients and everyone at his workplace. Tony aspired to be a compassionate and caring physician, and undoubtedly would have been.
Join with his family and friends on May 4, 2014, as we walk or run as Team Tony, in Tony’s memory.
|Elizabeth Jones Valderrama||$40.00|
|Alex & Carly Welsh||$40.00|
|Denotes a Team Captain|