Mother told she has cancer while organising husband's funeral
A MOTHER of two received a phone call saying she had incurable cancer while she was organising her husband's funeral.
Tessie Sylvester 36, lost her husband John last Friday after a six year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Scelrosis (ALS).
The couple, from Minnesota in the US, had two children Gus, 6, and Freddy, 5.
Tessie was making the calls to organise her late husband's funeral when she heard the holding beep.
She switched calls to find her doctor on the other line and the tragic news she had adenocarcinoma, a cancer that forms in mucus-secreting glands.
When interviewed by CBS Tessie said she believes her husband died when he did so he could protect her from heaven.
"I was literally on the phone with the funeral director, and the other line beeped and it was my doctor, and so I clicked over and answered it. That's when she said 'It's cancer and it doesn't look good,'" she said.
"I wasn't tired, I wasn't sick, I wasn't in pain.
"I think John went when he did because he knew that I needed some protection from another place, to stay with our boys.
"I always thought it wasn't fair what happened to John, but he always had such light to him."
A GoFundMe page set up to help the family has already raised $164,500.
"John spent his adult life helping others," the page reads.
"He played for the Minnesota Thunder professional soccer team in the late 1990s, then worked in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Harvest African-centered Prep School in North Minneapolis, and as the girl's coaching director for the Minneapolis United Soccer Club.
"John was dedicated to helping young people realize their dreams.
"As a young woman, Tessie worked hard to obtain an academic scholarship to St. Thomas University and later completed dental school so that she could provide a much-needed service in low-income communities.
"For many years she worked as a dentist in a free dental clinic in St. Paul serving homeless and marginalized people, and for the past few years has juggled motherhood, caring for John, and working at West St. Paul Family Dentistry.
"Together John and Tessie could light up a room with their smiles."
"Please help. Donate now. And make it possible for Tessie to get the treatment she needs and to spend as much time as possible with her beloved sons."