In 1990, Tony was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, at the age of 3. He was found to have a tumor just above his ankle in his left tibia. He endured a below-the-knee amputation about five months after the diagnosis, just after he turned 4. Tony underwent 1 ½ years of chemotherapy. He quickly developed severe hearing loss and requires hearing aids. He then was diagnosed with chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy, as well as chronic kidney disease.
Tony is very active at church playing his guitar. He graduated from Lamar College with a Process Technology degree. Tony began running in 5K races in 2013 and has run several since. After entering his first track and field event in 2013, Tony qualified and competed in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprint races at the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Paralympics National Championships.