Looking Past Disability

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM EDT

Yorkshire, N.Y. (WKBW) - Tony Izzo doesn't let anything stand in his way.

"I wake up everyday and say this is who I am and I don't let it get me down," Tony said.

He is 15-years-old and weighs just 55 pounds. Tony suffers from fatigue and is in a lot of pain. He has had six surgeries in his life, the last one in 2009.

"Mitochondrial Myopathy is that the Mitochondria is not working properly. The Mitochaondria is the powerhouse of the cells. They aren't working properly particularly in his extremities and in his eyes," Tony's mother Jennifer Izzo said.

Despite all of these challenges, Tony has become a role model and inspiration for his family and for other students. He is in a regular 10th grade classroom. He also excels in many other areas.

"I am radio club computer club and I was in guitar club. It's better to be a positive person. When you wake up in the morning just say this is who I am and I'm going to achieve something," Tony said.

Tony is also an advocate for others with disabilities. He worked to get more handicap parking in East Aurora and it happened. He also speaks at many events to help raise money and awareness for his disease and others. Now, he and his mother are asking for your help.

"Our van is 14 years old. We are in a position to get a new one. It is a contest but it is based on the number of votes," Jennifer said.

Tony had this to add.

"My message would be please America, vote for me," Tony said.

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