In April, Tony Taylor underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL, a procedure that has forced the NYCFC forward to focus on 2016. Today, Taylor has focused his attention on something far more important: his sister Angie, who was recently diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
On Thursday, Taylor took to Instagram to share the news:
My beautiful sister Angie. I love you with all my heart. Recently doctors have found an abnormal tumor in my sisters chest that today doctors have confirmed is a rare case of cancer called chondrosarcoma. The tumor will need to be surgically removed. Since my sisters insurance will not cover the full costs of the surgery if you would like to donate for my sisters cause you can in the gofundme.com link below and in my bio. Please keep my sister and family in your prayers. Thank you and love and God bless all of you. https://www.gofundme.com/az3ebw4w
As explained in the photo's caption, Angie's insurance will not cover the cost of surgery. That hasn't stopped Taylor, however, who has been using social media to promote a gofundme campaign to raise funds for his sister's treatment. To date, the campaign has raised $1,602 of the $50,000 needed to fund Angie's procedure.
In 2014, the Revolution acquired Taylor via a weighted lottery system. He made one appearance for the club—logging just nine minutes—before NYCFC selected him 10th overall in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. This season, Taylor made just two appearances for NYCFC before going down with his ACL injury in a match against the Portland Timbers.
Taylor will look to rebound in 2016, fighting with former Revolution forward Patrick Mullins for minutes in the NYCFC attack.