Formerly White House Press Secretary, Snow was diagnosed with colon cancer in February of 2005. He had surgery and chemotherapy. His cancer was in remission until a recurrence in his liver in March, 2007.
His mother also died of colon cancer when Snow was a teenager and she was 38.
When he returned to the White House Press Room late in April of 2007 after several weeks of treatment for the recurrence, he told reporters,
Not everybody will survive cancer,but on the other hand, you have got to realize you’ve got the gift of life, so make the most of it. That is my view, and I’m going to make the most of my time with you.
He wrote about his life with cancer in an essay Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings in Christianity Today in July 2007.
President and Mrs. Bush expressed their condolences to Snow’s family in a statement from the White House including the following words,
Tony was one of our Nation’s finest writers and commentators. He earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts. He was a gifted speechwriter who served in my father’s Administration. And I was thrilled when he agreed to return to the White House to serve as my Press Secretary. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor.
Snow was born in Kentucky on June 1, 1955. He is survived by his wife, Jill Walker, three children, Kendall, Robbie and Kristi Snow, and his father and stepmother, Jim and Dottie Snow.
Snow always wore the yellow LiveStrong cancer survivor wristband, and once told reporters, “I’m a very lucky guy.”