Anthony Thomen has always wondered what it would be like to one day be crowned homecoming king. "I didn't really have anyone to run with or anything so I didn't do it any other years and decided this would be the best year to do it," Anthony said.
Now a senior at Largo High School, Anthony, along with his girlfriend Alicia Dietz, are hoping got win a spot on homecoming court. "I think maybe it's time for a change that maybe someone who really does deserve something good happen to them should get it," Alicia said.
It's a small battle compared to the one Anthony has fought since birth. He was born with a condition that produced multiple cysts on his kidneys, causing one to have to be removed when he was just one-month-old.
"I've just been trying to keep positive," Anthony said. "And whenever I'm absent I always make up all my work."
Anthony spends a lot of time in and out of hospitals. Despite that, most of his peers don't even know he's sick. "That has been something that I've kept from people all the way through school that way no one would feel sorry for me or something," Anthony said.
Anthony's only kidney has gradually gotten worse over the years and is now functioning at only 30 percent.
He is on a donor list and his mother is a donor match. But until tests are complete, doctors won't know if her kidney is healthy enough for transplant.
For now, Anthony is just focusing on getting through his senior year and accomplishing his goal of winning homecoming king. "A few people have come up to me, and I know a few people have come up to her asking if the story was true or telling us that they would vote for us and that they had our back," Anthony said
"I would like to see Anthony get on homecoming court," Alicia said. "I mean I don't mind if I'm on it or not, but I would really like to see him get something that he really wants and deserves."
Students have till Friday of this week to decide who will be on Homecoming court, and next week, that's when they'll vote who'll be their homecoming king and queen.
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