This was an incredibly special session for me. Tessie is a friend of mine, whom I’ve known since I was in elementary school. We not only went to school together, but we also played on the same basketball team for years. She not only a fantastic athlete, but an even better person. Tessie got married and went on to finish dental school. She chose to use her gifts and education to provide her services to low-income communities over making more money for herself and her family.
Tessie’s husband was diagnosed with ALS over 5 years ago, and he passed away this summer. When Tessie was on the phone with the funeral director, the doctor beeped in on the other line with some devastating news for Tessie. She had cancer, and it had metastasized to her liver and lymph nodes. She is a fighter, and I know that she will beat this to be there for her boys. They have already been through so much in their lives, they don’t deserve to have to suffer any more in their lives. She loves Gus and Freddie so much, and will do anything and everything possible to be there for them.
There is a Go Fund Me account set up to help Tessie pay for her medical bills and to help her stay at home with her boys while she receives treatment. Any amount will help if you are able!