Voyage Austin Interview- Meet Tony Laudadio

Voyage Austin Interview- Meet Tony Laudadio

I was honored to be selected for an interview at Voyage Austin last month. I was nominated by a friend in the nonprofit community and it was such an honor to be selected. Obviously anything that can be used to market Tony Foundation and what we do for cancer fighters is a big win in my opinion.


Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Laudadio.

Hi Tony, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for sharing your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers.
My name is Tony Laudadio, and I am a cancer warrior. I was first diagnosed in my 20s in July of 2013 with Stage 3 Renal Cell Carcinoma and a huge 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 and potentially ringing the bell (sort of a fun cancer-free ritual they do at MD Anderson) when I unexpectedly had my first two seizures. On September 24, 2015, I was diagnosed with a second, utterly 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 most awake. For the next 18 months, I endured a combination of brain radiation, physical therapy, and chemotherapy. Currently, my cancer is stable. But the fight I am facing is far from over, and it will most likely be one that I battle for a long time. A cancer diagnosis turns a family’s world upside down. While the shock of such news is 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. This is why I started...

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