Tony Strong Foundation

Tony’s Story

Anthony Isaac Cook was born April 14, 2005, to parents Diana and Bilal Cook. Anthony had 4 brothers, Tyier, Andrew, Alijah, and Abel. They were not only brothers, but best friends as well! They shared a passion for sports and played in multiple organized sports and leagues. Tony loved to attend all of his brothers’ games to cheer for them. He also spent countless hours in pick-up sports with his brothers, cousins, and friends. Anthony loved basketball and played for South Allegheny Youth Basketball Association. He was a black belt in Taekwondo and studied at Dynamic Martial Arts. He participated in various other sports and enjoyed them all! Tony battled Neurofibromatosis, a painful disorder of the nervous system, his whole life. He did not allow this to interfere with what he loved to do. In 2019, he developed a rare cancer called Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor. This is a type of sarcoma which affects the peripheral nerves. He underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery and beat it. The cancer returned and ultimately took his life on 8/8/2021. Tony’s parents felt passionate about starting a foundation to honor this amazing young man. Tony had a passion for sports and for helping others. Due to this aggressive cancer, he had many physical roadblocks keeping him from participating in sports. Tony loved to eliminate the financial roadblocks that are keeping our local youth from participating in sports. We are excited to help make this happen for our youth!

Tony had a passion for sports, especially basketball and for helping others. Your support will enable the Tonystrong Foundation to honor the legacy of Anthony Isaac Cook.


This Foundation will benefit less fortunate kids who have a similar passion for sports but cannot afford to pursue their dreams. Funds and sports equipment will be made available to these kids in the Pittsburgh area.

  • Annual monetary giving
  • One-time monetary giving
  • Sponsorships
  • Gift cards
  • Signed sports memorabilia for auctions
  • Tickets to sporting events
  • Auction Baskets for events
  • Concession donations


The Tonystrong Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help us benefit our youth! If you are interested, please contact us to discuss in further detail.

  • Working local camps and clinics
  • Mentoring local youth
  • Donating sports equipment
  • Connecting the foundation with professional athletes/coaches
  • Running fundraising events
  • Promoting
  • Providing free sports physicals (doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners)
  • Distributing gear orders
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