About TonyY

Casting for Rainbows

Tony became a quadriplegic in December 2007.  This is Tony’s “All About Me”.

"I was born in Japan and came to the United States at the age of 18 to go to college in Utah. I have worked in the high tech industry ever since graduating from the University of Utah. I have been playing soccer since I was in high school in Japan and continued to play as an adult with the Over The Hill Soccer League. I also coached my daughters’ teams. I am an avid fan of both the Patriots and the Red Sox. I enjoy the art of fly fishing: seeing and feeling the fly line rolling out, into the air, and gently resting upon the flowing water. If I feel a fish taking the fly on my line, I see it as a bonus.

Although my injury is severe and I am now a quadriplegic, I am not looking back. Instead, I am looking forward to someday again leading a productive life, even though the form it will take will be different from that which I have been accustomed. I have many challenges to meet and I have divided those challenges into many small goals; I take one step and one day at a time. I have support from many people and feel their presence in my days.

Through this ordeal, I have realized that the most important thing in life is to help fellow human beings and to make this world a little bit better than I found it. I am the recipient of everyone’s kindness. Someday I hope to be able to do the same for someone else in need. I am blessed to be supported by so many. I hope everyone who has touched me realizes that you are with me: when using all my strength just to lift a soccer ball one inch, or when trying to make “snow angels” with my arms. "

“Casting For Rainbows”

Given the severity of Tony’s injuries and the enormity of his life long expenses, Tony’s family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are coming together to help in any way they can. Various fund raising events are being planned for the coming months. The purpose of this site is to support those efforts by publicizing upcoming events and to serve as a communication medium for those assisting in fund raising efforts. Please see the How to Contribute page for how you can help.