Now it appears the death of the beloved substitute teacher in the Santa Fe High School shooting may lead to him getting the medical treatment that could save his life.
By Monday morning, the campaign had already exceeded its $30,000 goal — enough to pay for the stem cell treatment and possibly (with a second opinion) get a lung transplant.
“We are still in such disbelief that anything good can come out of such a horrific event,” the family said. “My mom always made good come out of bad situations though and this is no different for her.”
Giving her husband a second chance at life
Tisdale was considered something of a saint by her family and friends in Pharr, Texas. The mother of four children was described as kind and generous by those who went to church with her at Anchor Bible Baptist Church in Pharr.
But her greatest act of kindness and love was toward her husband, William.
“Since my brother has been very ill the last couple of years, she was a very excellent caregiver and she worked two jobs for extra income to help,” the brother-in-law said. “She worked at the school and a second job as a server at night at an Italian restaurant chain.”
Tisdale’s husband was diagnosed with the disease back in December and was told he had at most about a year and half to live. His doctor told him he wasn’t a good candidate for a lung transplant, Tisdale’s family said, so lung stem cell treatment may be his only shot at prolonging his life.
“We don’t know how to put it all into words but thank you doesn’t give it enough justification. We (reached) the goal for funeral costs, bills, and possible lung transplant with second (doctor) that we never thought was an option,” the family wrote.
Her son, a detective, ID’d her body
It was Tisdale’s own son, a detective who responded to the shooting scene, who had to identify her body and notify other family members of her death, The Monitor reported.
The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
Her family said William Tisdale is devastated by the loss of his wife yet cognizant of the fact that even in death, she is still helping him.
“It was hard for him to fight before and now losing my mom has made it unbearable,” the family wrote on the GoFundMe page, “but every little notification on his phone gives him a chance at something.”
CNN’s Amir Vera and Sara Cheshire contributed to this story.
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