Wednesday, March 20, 2013
It was going to be an amazing step in life. With a digital arts degree under his belt and experience teaching this trade, Anthony Macchio Young took a leap of faith and love to move to San Mateo, Calif., in January 2013 to be with his high school sweetheart, Elle. Within days of this move, however, Anthony was on life support and fighting for his life after a bike accident.
Anthony was raised in Mount Pleasant and attended local schools – Whitesides Elementary, Moultrie Middle and graduating from Wando High School in 2008. He was a typical Lowcountry boy spending time skating, swimming, camping and exploring the bounties of the area. He made friends easily and was always busy doing something.
Young’s passion has always been in the creative process of design which led him to Full Sail University in Winterpark, Fla. While there he excelled in his field and astonished his professors with his talent and work ethic. He graduated in 2012 with honors and was offered a job with the university. He was loved by the students and his co-workers but something kept tugging at his heart. How wonderful it would be to move to California and pursue his craft and be with the one he loved.
Nobody is quite sure what happened to Anthony on Feb. 1, but there are bits of information that help piece together a story. He wanted to explore San Francisco so he headed out with his bike to take the train from San Mateo into the city. At some point he texted his girlfriend and told her that he had been in a bike accident and had gotten pretty banged up. Anthony made his way back to San Mateo and was found by a neighbor stretched across the steps of his condo unconscious with his bike and helmet nearby.
Anthony’s parents, Bill Macchio and Kim Young of Mount Pleasant, received the call that all parents fear and boarded the next westbound plane to take them to their son.
Anthony stayed in the ICU at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto for several weeks enduring surgeries that would relieve the pressure in his brain and other medical issues that would arise from his head injury.
He is now conscious and is at Kentfield Rehabilitation Center just north of San Francisco but has a long road ahead as he must learn to swallow, move his limbs and speak.
While Anthony is recuperating on the West coast there are friends and family here in Mount Pleasant who are hard at work trying to help Anthony and his family. There will be a benefit on Saturday, April 13 at Steel City Pizza and Triangle Char & Bar from 2-7 p.m.
There will be a silent auction as well as live music. You may learn more about Anthony’s condition and make a donation at www.macchiotrustfund.com. Everyone is invited to come out and support Anthony and his family.
(Judy Deas is a Mount Pleasant resident and former school guidance counselor.)