EDMOND, Oklahoma (KFOR) – Maj. Tyler Tidwell is a veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps. He spent 13 years as an infantry officer and served three times abroad.
He was senior in his senior class at Deer Creek High School and played college football at the United States Naval Academy.
Maj. Tidwell now has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The disease has affected his ability to speak and the use of his arms, hands, and legs. But it didn’t cost everything.
“We don’t have to worry about the financial burden of paying the mortgage in order to get more treatment for Tyler,” said his wife, Cassi Tidwell. “We have the money to do that and use it elsewhere now that we don’t have a mortgage.”
Tidwell’s mortgage was paid in full.
“If we can improve their lives just a little bit, today has been a special, special day,” said Andrew McClure of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “Mission accomplished.”
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Travis Manion Foundation not only took on this burden, they also renovated the family home. They built in a shelving system that made it easy for Tyler to get from the bedroom to the bathroom, installed automatic lights and doors, ramps and widened doors. The family had a general idea of what was happening, but nothing of the sort. They were gone about two months while working and today is their first day at home.
“It’s such a blessing and it has changed our lives so much. We will be forever grateful, “said Cassi Tidwell. “There is no cure for ALS, but with various tries and things that we try and keep trying, we can only hope that this helps or slows it down. We’re just going to try everything we can and the ability to do so is a great blessing. “
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