Tony V Rodriguez
Tony V Rodriguez has experienced many tragedies and blessings in his life. Born in 1966, in beautiful Bartow, Florida, he is the son of interracial parents who supported their family as migrant workers. Before Tony turned three years old, he would survive two separate car accidents, one that nearly claimed his life. Because of serious and life-threatening injuries, Tony spent most of his childhood in hospitals, undergoing many complex surgeries meant to shape and repair his severely disfigured face. Due to many factors, he lived with shame, negativity, and depression. The heaviness of the negativity weighed upon him, and he eventually decided those feelings would not serve him. With his determination, heavenly blessings, strength, and positive attitude, he was able to rise above these extraordinary circumstances to become an inspiration to others whom he has met along the way.
“We know that you like to help people. Be strong. Don’t be afraid. We will be with you, as we have always been. We are very proud of you for everything that you have become. We love you.” (excerpt – pg 302)
At the time of printing this book, in his mid 50’s, Tony has so far survived three near-death experiences, Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cancer, stroke, disfigurement and discrimination, twelve auto accidents, three motorcycle accidents, and sixty-six surgeries. Tony’s faith combined with the acts of kindness by many caring individuals has remarkably allowed him to live a mainstream life.
After obtaining an Associate Degree in Computer Engineering Technology, Tony began his professional career as an Electronic Technician for a government-contracted company. Seven years later, in 1995, he accepted an offer from Intel Corporation, located in Arizona, where he enjoyed an Electronic Technician career until he would be forced to medically retire after twenty-one years of service.
Tony enjoys playing video games on his computer or PlayStation 5, visiting classic car shows, listening to music, reading his bible, enjoying time with the heavenly realm, spending time with his wife, and keeping in touch with friends and family. He owns a 1967 Chevy Camaro, the car of his dreams.