Anthony Manning: A Profile in Courage

…And his parents are heroes too.

Anthony Manning III with his parents, Debbie and Anthony Manning Jr.

Anthony Manning III’s restrictive cardiomyopathy caused his heart to fail when he was eight years old.  He was placed on life support at Children’ s Hospital in Boston and fortunately, a donor’s heart was found within a day. After transplant surgery he had a lengthy recovery and, by the time he got to high school, was fit enough to try playing for the football team.

Anthony was the first transplant patient from Children’s who was allowed to play the game. He was on the squad at Greater Lowell Vocational Tech High School for four years. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston gave Anthony its Henry Smith Courage Award for the 2011 season.

Here is a link to the story I wrote about him and his remarkable parents for the Boston Globe North edition of March 1, 2012:tinyurl.com.6u8h2dm

 

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