The community is rallying behind a man who’s spent decades helping others. Dr. Tony Bianchi, who runs The Pain Relief Institute on Union Road in Cheektowaga was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago. Tony’s sister, Chris Opera told me her brother is a family man first and foremost, but he also loves being a chiropractor, “Tony has his own chiropractic business. He takes great pride in helping his patients become pain free and return to a happy and healthy lifestyle! People are drawn to him because of his personality, his love of his profession and the passion he has towards people.”
Tony loves his work, but his family comes first. His wife of 26-years, Sue and their three children Austin (22), Hannah (19), and Tessa (16) are his world – and Chris says they are supporting him in every way possible, “His children are devastated to see their dad go through this. They are very supportive and trust his decisions. They voluntarily put their lives on hold to be there and support their dad. They realize that those things are not important to them without him. Their main concern is helping him in every way to beat this.”
Chris says the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in December was devastating, “The survival rate for this type of cancer getting conventional treatment is very poor. An alternative treatment – Immunotherapy has a higher success rate so that is the path Tony chose. Unfortunately the medical bills are piling up which may resort in the selling of his business and house.”
Chris wants everyone to know that her brother is a fighter, “Tony is very positive. He is determined to beat this. Every time there is a set back he looks at us and says “I’m not giving up” He doesn’t want pity and gets upset when he sees his loved ones upset! He is aware of this long haul and is determined to fight for his life. He believes in the power of prayer and to keep the faith.”
Chris says this puts everything into perspective, “I remember sitting with my brother not too long ago. He mentioned how happy he was. He finally got his practice to where he wanted it. He loves his home, his wife, his 3 smart, beautiful and healthy children and a new puppy. He actually loved going to work. He loved what he did. He worked so hard to get to this point in his life. How horrible that your whole life can change in a blink of an eye.”
To help Dr. Bianchi and his family with medical expenses, please visit their gofundme page HERE.
Dr Bianchi has done so much to help so many people. He is a great guy with a great family, we send our thoughts and prayers.