ATLANTA — A former NBA referee is fighting for his life.
He has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
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On Wednesday, his alma mater surprised him on the hospital.
“Obviously it’s really hard but he’s the strongest individual that I do know,” said Bailey Brown, daughter of former NBA referee Tony Brown.
It wasn’t that way back that Brown was at the highest of his game calling his first NBA Finals.
Now, just two years later, he’s in hospice at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“I believe that this whole thing has taught me a very big lesson that life is de facto short and simply to love your people,” Bailey Brown said.
On Wednesday night, Channel 2′s Justin Wilfon was there, when it gave the look of the calvary arrived to brighten Tony’s spirits.
The boys’s basketball team from Tony’s alma mater — Clark Atlanta University — brought Tony a jersey signed by all the team.
“In his physical, the cancer may be winning, however it’s the opposite part where we’re beating cancer, and that is one in every of those moments where we are able to say we’re beating cancer,” Tony’s wife, Tina Brown said.
Tina and her children were there to simply accept the gift.
“We thanks again from the underside of our hearts,” Tina expressed told everyone in attendance.
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That brought a giant smile to Tony’s face.
“We consider that Tony Brown displays and embodies exactly what it’s to be a Clark Atlanta alumnus,” said CAU head basketball coach Alfred Jordan. “Our college motto is locate a technique to make one. And while he didn’t get a probability to play basketball while he was at Clark, he still found a technique to be sure basketball was a component of his life.”
It was a special delivery that meant a lot to a person facing a lot at just 55-years-old.
“It was very deep and amazing still,” Tina said.
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