About Anthony

Anthony attended the AOT re-enactment of the battle of Shiloh on 3/31/12. This was his first outing in 6 years.

Anthony attended the AOT re-enactment of the battle of Shiloh on 3/31/12. This was his first outing in 6 years.

Anthony Meeks, ‘Tank’, was only 26 years old when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  He was a normal, seemingly healthy man who started getting weakness in his hands that was getting progressively worse.  When his doctor gave him this devastating news, he was given 2 to 5 years to live.  That was in 1996.

Over the last 17+ years, Anthony has gradually lost his ability to walk, to eat, to breathe on his own, to move, and to swallow.  But he has not lost his passion, his strength, his sense of humor, nor his will to live.  Despite odds that seem overwhelming, he continues to pursue his interests in Civil War history, knife collecting, movies, music, and much more.

Up until 2009, Anthony was being cared for in his home around the clock by nurses who were provided by his TennCare insurance.  In the fall of that year, the state took away Anthony’s (and many others) insurance coverage, leaving him with no one to care for him.  His family and friends stepped in, taking on the responsibility of caring for him 24 hours per day until an alternative could be found.  In 2010, Anthony got a fraction of his nursing care back through another state program, but found himself needing to pay for caretakers to help fill in the gaps.  Friends and family held various benefits and fund raisers which provided the money for him to be able to stay in his home.  However, his care is ongoing, and the money from these fund raisers gets stretched thin.  This website was created to help Anthony share his story and to hopefully find a select group of people who are willing to make a small contribution in a way that can make an enormous difference in this extraordinary man’s life.