Anthony Pagliario's fight against stage three colon cancer is intensifying as he starts high dose chemo therapy.
“When I went in for my first treatment I got to be honest. I was scared, nervous. I didn’t know what to expect at all. You hear the stories that it makes you tired, you don’t feel the best. I felt ok. I had a headache going into it, but I think that was just my nerves of everything going on," said Anthony Pagliaro.
He said it didn’t stay that way.
“Next day I woke up with a massive headache, but I knew that have to get this done if I want to feel better," said Anthony.
He’s able to get it done in part because of the support from his emergency medical services friends and firefighting brothers raising money for him.
His wife Nicole says it’s a huge help for them financially.
“And it’s just overwhelming that you wouldn’t think that all this money coming in wouldn’t be there if they didn’t do this for us," said Nicole Pagliaro.
They say it allows them to focus more on him getting better.
A big part of that is the support he's getting from not only the local community, but also fire fighters not from New York.
"It’s amazing. I love collecting patches. It put a smile on my face. It made my week, my month. I mean, you're feeling down and little things like this just makes your day. I mean twenty three patches and a sticker. That’s amazing,” said Anthony.
The patches coming all the way from Road Island
“When they say it’s a brother hood it truly is a brotherhood. I mean, people that I don’t even know from out of the state are saying 'our fight is your fight,’" said Anthony.
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