UT Linebacker Dalton Santos tweeted a fundraising plea for his mother, who is uninsured and is in need of open-heart surgery, to his 4600 followers. The response has been impressive.
An emotional Santos met with the media for about 20 minutes to talk about his mom's situation. And also about the outpouring of support they've received since he took to Twitter on Easter Sunday to ask for financial help towards her surgery.
"It kind of breaks me up inside to see how many people really care. Just reading the comments on there from people. They're coming from everywhere. Ten-year-old kids donating their $25 allowance. It's a humbling, I'm just so grateful and so thankful for everything everybody's doing for me and my family," Santos said.
Santos found out about his mom's heart condition last Thursday. The next day he was in Tyler visiting her at a hospital. But was back in Austin on Saturday for UT's spring game.
"I wasn't gonna leave and she was like baby you need to go. Your team needs you. Your friends need you. This is what you do. You play football. I was like mom I'm not, I can't go. Leave you here like this. I can't leave you in the hospital. She's like, I'll be fine. I'll be fine. Just go do what you do and do it to the best of your ability," Santos said. "It eases my mind to know that people are praying for my mom. People are hoping the best for her. And people are trying to help her in every which way they can. And when I look at that and I'm just trying to get it out there just to help her. To put it farther and farther away. I can get all the help I can get for her. The way people responded. It's so amazing. They're really the people that are easing my mind and easing my heart. Just because of the kind things that they say."
Santos says they'll know more on Monday about when his mom when his mom will have the surgery and how much it'll cost. He says as of Wednesday afternoon they'd raised as much as $30,000.