10-year-old brain tumor survivor from Hudson gives back to hospital that treated him

by Dorothy markulis | reporter Published:

Hudson -- "Have a heart, do your part" is more than a slogan to 10-year-old brain tumor survivor Anthony Solari, it's become a way of life for him.

Last year Anthony raised $2,554 for Akron Children's Hospital. This year he was at it again, raising $1,825 more for the hospital's annual "Have a heart, do your part" three day radio-thon.

"I just wanted to raise money to help other kids," the East Woods Elementary School fourth-grader from Hudson said.

Anthony, diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011, had surgery and had to learn to walk and talk all over again.

"He's still having some therapy, but there has been almost a full recovery," said his mother, Laureen.

This year Anthony and his family organized two fundraisers: a rock-climbing event and a challenge match between fourth -and fifth-graders at East Woods to see which class could gather the most change for the hospital.

The challenge match raised $700, and the winning classes (one fourth-grade class and one fifth-grade class) earned pizza parties sponsored by the Solari family and East Woods Principal Jennifer Filomena.

More than 40 climbers participated in the rock climbing event at Kendall Cliffs/Appalachian Outfitters Feb. 4. The event raised $1,125, including $477 that Appalachian Outfitters donated. The company also donated the use of its facilities and equipment.

Anthony said he is not done raising money for the hospital. He and his family are already planning next year's event, according to his mother.

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