"I held his hand the whole time while he took his final breath on this earth at 7:09 a.m."
FORT WALTON BEACH — U.S. Air Force veteran Tim Alcorn was heartbroken that he’d miss the big moments of his son’s life.
"He was so happy with his baby," said Brandi Alcorn, his wife.
She said Tim, diagnosed with a brain tumor, would break down when the two would talk about their son Fawkes’ first birthday or learning how to ride a bike.
"It was also scary knowing that he might not be there to raise him and watch him grow up and teach him to be an awesome man like he was," Brandi said.
Tim passed away on Feb. 9, Brandi said.
"I held his hand the whole time while he took his final breath on this earth at 7:09 a.m.," she said in a post on his gofundme page.
His funeral was held on Monday at the Barrancas National Cemetery on the Naval Air Station.
Brandi said as they handed her the flag and Taps played in the background, it hit her that he was really gone.
"Now it is about my husband," she said. "I never thought I would be a widow at 26 years old, but it happened."
Brandi and Tim met in high school through a mutual friend when Brandi was 16 and Tim was 18. Tim taught her how to drive, she said.
The two were from Hudson, a poor town in southern Florida and Brandi said he worked hard to leave the poverty behind. He got an associates degree and joined the Air Force. She said he joined to give them a better life.
He was diagnosed in 2016, but he had shown symptoms for a year prior. In May of 2018, the two moved to Fort Walton Beach for a new job. At the time, his condition was stable.
But in July of 2018, he went in for a routine MRI and they found three new tumors.
Brandi said they only tried once to have a baby and had gotten pregnant.
She said Tim always wanted to be a father. He was extremely overprotective of her while she was pregnant.
"It was terrifying and exciting at the same time," she said.
Brandi said she plans to stay in Fort Walton Beach. But she is still trying to figure out where to go from here.
She hopes to raise awareness for glioblastoma and Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis.
"Tim fought so hard, he never gave up hope," she said in the gofundme post.