Janesville community rallies around man battling cancer

Janesville community rallies around man battling cancer

Tony Huml has touched the lives of many, and now the community is returning the favor by supporting him during his battle with cancer.

Everyone who knows Huml has only kind words to describe him.

“Integrity, honesty, one of those guys that if you called and needed help, he’s there immediately,” friend and band mate Dan Kelly said. “He’s always more worried about you than the other way around.”

“I think the first thing when you think of Tony, you’re going to think of how kind he is and generous and humble,” family friend Jayme Roth said. “He’s also incredibly talented.”

Huml is well known in Janesville and around the area for his involvement with teaching, coaching basketball and playing in his band, HK.

“He’s just a great guy with a great family that everybody likes,” Kelly said. “He makes you smile, makes you laugh. He’s just one of those guys you want to be around.”

But the past few years have been hard on Huml and his wife and three children. About six years ago, he was diagnosed with cancer, and in the past few months, the disease has become more aggressive.

“The battle’s been going on for a while, and there’s been a few bumps in the road,” Roth said.

As a way to give back to the man who’s always given so much for others, the community has shown an outpouring of support. A GoFundMe page was created Sunday and five days later, people have already donated more than $50,000.

“It’s overwhelming, quite frankly,” Kelly said. “I talked to his brother the other day, and we were both like, ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ It’s crazy good. It makes you feel good.”

Family friends say the donations are well-deserved.

“I’ve known the Huml family for many, many years, and they’ve always been very supportive of our community, but they’ve always really done it in almost an anonymous way,” Roth said. “They really are never looking for any reflection on themselves. They don’t want any pomp and circumstance with any of their things that they do for the community. So it feels really good to now see them being showered with this attention.”