Runna

amighoamigho Posts: 776 Officer
Very sad day, Anthony Leverett..Captain, father, friend, left these earthly grounds at 5 p.m. today. Those that knew him on the forum knew him as Runna (Flatsrunna). You will be missed Anthony, words will not suffice right now for the pain your family is feeling. Way too young to be called into the kingdom of Heaven, may you find eternal peace my friend. May the good Lord protect your family and help them through their most difficult time. Goodbye friend :angel


Anthony Leverett was a master-angler, a family man, and loved by many in the community. He is mourned by his mother, a wife and five children and his good friend and fellow fisherman, Capt Larry McGuire.

Sickle-Cell Disease, named for the sickle-shaped cells is a hereditary blood disorder affecting primarily African Americans and Hispanics.
The disease carries a risk of various complications. There are many symptoms, from swelling in the hands and feet, severe pain and fever to episodes or crisis that can send you to the ER and one local mom speaks candidly of her loss and the urgency to find a cure.
"I'm hoping that they find a cure so that they'll be able to help other people that have this problem." Said Mary Leverett, her son Anthony died on Sunday of complications of the disease, he was thirty-four. She spoke of his character. "My son always said mama I'm not gonna let this stop me from doing the things that I want to do in life."
The disease affects more than 90-thousand Americans, flared up as knee pain this episode for Anthony, he had a cast put on and was treated medically for pain which was thought a result of pulled muscles. But, it got worse. His mom explained, "He was starting to hurt in his shoulders, he wasn't feeling good, he was having tremendous headaches, I mean tremendous headaches that he couldn't even see."
Sickle cells die early causing a shortage of red blood cells resulting in Anemia. When the misshaped cells get stuck in small blood vessels and clog blood flow it results in severe pain, organ damage and can cause serious infections, which can be fatal.
Captain Larry McGuire said Anthony was like a son to him, strong in his faith and dedication to his church, a family man, and the first person he knew with the disease
"He even lost his spleen, it may have been two years ago, I even called him the hollow man, because he was losing organs over the Sickle Cell." McGuire spoke of Leverett's passion for fishing, and called him a master angler. But said that knowing someone first hand with the disease shed some light. "I've always heard stories, it's a bad disease." He said.
About 1 of every 500 Black or African-Americans born are affected,
Leverett is survived by a wife and five children. His mother said she is staying strong because of one hope, "That they find a cure, so that others will not have to go through what my baby went through."
Signs of the disease start during the first year of life, usually around 5-months of age.
Anthony Leverett was diagnosed at one when his mom took him to the doctor for severe arm pain. She urges parents to get tested to help prevent them and their kids from passing it on to future generations. At this time there is no known cure, save for bone-marrow and stem-cell transplants, these are usually performed on children who have suffered little to no damage to the organs.
If you would like to pay your respects to the family the wake is on Friday from 5-8 pm at St. Stephens church in Bradenton, and the Service will be conducted on Sat at i:00 p.m. at BCC church in Bradenton.
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  • CheechCheech Posts: 478 Officer
    Prayers for his Wife and Family at this very sad time.. Gone way to soon Runna you will be missed :fishing Heaven has a great one!
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 2,933 Moderator
    May god give his family strength during this most sad and difficult time, God bless you Anthony. You will be missed.
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,018 AG
    "Da Runna"...you'll be missed Anthony, but not forgotten. Have a smooth journey my friend.


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    Abraham Lincoln
  • razorreilly09razorreilly09 Posts: 8,401 Officer
    Sorry to hear of this
    Thoughts and prayers to family and friends
  • LilcthefishslayerLilcthefishslayer Posts: 609 Officer
    Wow!!!!!!!!!!! So sad to hear!! My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace Anthony, enjoy catching those monsters up there buddy!:hail:hail:angel:angel
  • tankardtankard Posts: 6,387 Admiral
    Dang.

    Never met the guy but I used to enjoy his posts in the WC section.

    34...man...
  • SumotimeSumotime Posts: 178 Officer
    Happy Birthday My friend. I wish we could of worked the game plan . I miss the early morning breakfast at Minnies. You taught me to live in the now. I still look at the green house as I idle by in the channel looking for you and the kids on the dock.
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