“She was somebody who would light up a room with her smile. She was incredibly kind, incredibly courageous. To see her in the hallways, you would have no idea just how ferocious she was on the field,” Laura Coe, Tina’s old soccer coach, said.
That ferocity is what Coe says Tina will need now in the fight of her life. A bullet was lodged in her right eye.
Removing the bullet left her blind in her right eye according to Tina’s father, Rich.
“This one really hit home. I’m incredibly close to the family. They’re like daughters to me as well,” Coe said.
The coach is part of a close-knit community and school that’s raised thousands of dollars for Tina in less than 48 hours.
“We understand how much time, effort, and finances it’s going to cost to care for her and even though we may not be able to get there, we’re going to make sure they can get there,” Maryellen Towns, a health teacher at Arundel High, said.
It’s support from her family and from those who watched Tina grow and want to see her make a full recovery.
“Continue to be the badass fighter that she was when she was on the soccer field,” Coe said.
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