Live Like You’re Dying
A special series by the Victoria Advocate documenting Tony Geryk from when he learned his transplanted heart was failing
at 21, through his bucket list journeys and as the family prepares for the end of his life.
Twin boutonnieres and a matching corsage, handmade and vibrant, lay on the washing machine in the Geryks’ Port Lavaca home. Read more
The bucket list trip
To donate to his bucket list fund, go to GoFundMe. Any funds left after funeral expenses will be donated to Texas Children’s Hospital.
The crew rose at 8 a.m. in Houston, Miss., on Wednesday for the second day of Tony Geryk's bucket list road trip.
More than 1,000 driving miles away from his Port Lavaca home, Tony Geryk stirred in his bunk. It was about 7 a.m. Thursday in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and the third day of his bucket list road trip.
At exactly 9 a.m., Alice Geryk's cellphone alarm sounded. It was the first daily reminder for her son to take his medication. Tony rolled out of his bunk and swallowed the contents of the Friday A.M. pill planner slot.