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Tony’s Story

Tony Meduri

Tony Meduri

An Italian-American, born in Reggio, Calabria in 1947, Tony came to the USA when he was 9 years old. Tony had hopes and dreams of fitting in and living the American dream. He and his mother settled in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Tony’s life was never easy. At 17 years old, he received his high school diploma in the hospital after breaking his neck and was told he would never walk again…

Tony proved them wrong and after months of therapy along with rehabilitation, he returned to a normal life. He graduated from the police force, married and divorced with two children. Tony became a single parent later in life and raised his two daughters on his own. Tony always took care of his mother, who lived alone.

After 32 years, Tony retired as a Lieutenant from the Delaware River Port Authority and pursued his dream to build a home and move to Florida when he retired.

 
This was an article written about Tony for his heroism when he was a police officer.

This was an article written about Tony for his heroism when he was a police officer.

 

Then everything changed…

He was on his way to a car show in his prized 34′ Ford, one mile from his home when an uninsured, drugged driver hit him from behind while he was sitting at a red light.

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Nursing homes and assisted living facilities were just not equipped to care for Tony. Long term care living facilities for TBI survivors were scarce and very expensive. Anne Marie’s dad was unique in that he required a one-on-one caregiver to re-direct him on every move he made. After nine hospitals and three moves, Tony’s family finally realized that the only place that was best for him was a TBI facility. The nearest TBI facility was four hours away from his daughter, mother and grandchildren. Tony resided at Neurorestorative in Clearwater, Florida for several years while Anne-Marie stepped in and cared for Tony's mother until she passed away at 91 years of age. Tony cared for his mother his entire life.

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Anne-Marie noticed a decline in Tony's health and made arrangements to bring her father closer to her in Jacksonville, where she set up her own caregivers to be by his side 24/7 and in a place where he always dreamed of living, on the water. Tony gave it a good fight for several more years until his dementia, neurogenic bladder, and neuropathy became increasingly worse over time. Tony passed away in his home in his daughter's arms on March 17, 2018.

Anne-Marie has courageously decided to continue her mission and efforts to help others with TBI, generate awareness, and provide scholarships to those in need.

Anne-Marie’s book, Time with You: A TBI Story, was written as part of her healing process and to share her happiness, sadness, and grief after losing her father from years of suffering.

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100% proceeds go to The TBI Fund, Inc

 
 

Mission

The Tony Meduri TBI Fund, Inc’s mission is to generate awareness for TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivors and promote helmet safety in youth sports.

The Tony Meduri TBI Fund was founded in 2015 in honor of Tony Meduri, a retired police officer of 32 years, who was hit by an uninsured, drugged driver while sitting at a red light. Tony’s seven year struggle with his life-altering brain injury and death inspired our mission to generate awareness about TBI.

We also proudly support our military and public servants who serve our community.

In 2015, we held our first fundraising event, Tony’s Turkey Trot 5k run on Thanksgiving morning in Atlantic Beach. Since then, we have more than tripled in size and this year, we were voted Best of the Beaches 5k. Funds raised from this fun community event has allowed us to help local TBI survivors attend Brooks Rehabilitation’s Clubhouse, a full-time day long-term recovery program for brain injury survivors as well as help sponsor the first Camp TBI in Jacksonville in May 2019, which provided fun and relaxing activities for TBI survivors and their caregivers.

 
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How We Do It

In 2015, we held our first fundraising event, Tony’s Turkey Trot 5k run on Thanksgiving morning in Atlantic Beach. Since then, we have more than tripled in size and this year, we were voted Best of the Beaches 5k. Funds raised from this fun community event has allowed us to help local TBI survivors attend Brooks Rehabilitation’s Clubhouse, a full-time day long-term recovery program for brain injury survivors as well as help sponsor the first Camp TBI in Jacksonville in May 2019, which provided fun and relaxing activities for TBI survivors and their caregivers.

 

New Campaign

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We are excited about our new campaign to help promote helmet safety in youth sports called “Play It, Protect It.” Our goal is to prevent brain injuries before they happen and brain injuries from youth sports are too common, so we plan to work with local schools, student-athletes, and athletic directors to promote helmet safety and concussion prevention in our youth sports.

The Tony Meduri TBI Fund Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(3)(C) nonprofit organization.

Please view our mission statement below for further information.

THE TONY MEDURI TBI FUND MISSION STATEMENT

 
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