A boy battling brain cancer gets a rare gift.
Not only was Anthony Longley a radio disc jockey for a day, the entire radio station was re-named in his honor on Tuesday.
Like any 9-year-old kid, Longley has some pretty cool dream including his future job for instance. Longley said he wants to be a baseball player.
He took a day away from the diamond to enter a DJ booth on the North Haven Town Green. He joined morning radio host David Fisch.
Fisch was behind the push for Radio 104.1 to rename itself Anthony FM. It was an effort to raise money for Anthony’s brain cancer treatments.
A disease he’s been coping with since he was 3 years old.
“He was in remission for about a year and...Oh my god, no it’s emotional,” Anthony’s mother Kim Longley said.
He’s had five surgeries and dozens of therapy sessions.
Anthony’s mother said the cancer he has is incurable. It’s been a battle for him and will be that for quite some time.
A struggle that’s always tough to discuss, let alone live with.
“Unfortunately, now it’s just part of our life,” Kim Longley said.
Anthony’s parents are doing what they can to make sure that Anthony enjoys every day. Tuesday certainly stands apart.
“He's happy. He's a man of few words, so to see a smile on his face it means he's really enjoying himself,” Kim Longley said.
Now that Anthony FM has taken hold in North Haven, his popularity is growing.
“They all say Anthony, Anthony,” Kim Longley said. “He should really run for office someday.”
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