Aid for Alisha

For: Alisha Waters
Organizer: Edwin Scudder
of $25,000 goal
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The Story

On Tuesday August 6thin Ft. Thomas Kentucky, my niece Alisha Waters was shot 5 times by her estranged husband, DJ Mathis (3 in the abdomen, once in the leg, and once in the neck). He then put the gun to his head and killed himself.

Miraculously she survived, but the bullet to her neck severed her spinal cord.

She is now a quadriplegic. 

They had been separated for three months, when my niece filed for an Emergency Protection Order, which was granted; however six days later, it was rescinded by Judge Lisa Bushelman because there were (according to the judge) "No signs of domestic abuse", meaning she was not physically or sexually abused.

The victimhas to prove that they have been physically or sexually abused making the Domestic Violence Order the result of criminal activity.

One of the things we are trying as a family to accomplish is to amend the law surrounding the granting of the EPO/DVO, as well as the law regarding stalking and harassment.

Within a 2 week period Alisha had received 186 texts from her separated husband.

He used psychological abuse, threats of violence, and threats of harm in his texts and calls.

We are asking help from the public to amend these Kentucky laws to include stalking as a civil matter. We wish to bring Kentucky into the 21st century and force them to recognize that one can be abused physically as well as mentally

Had Alisha been granted the DVO, DJ would have been denied the purchase of the gun that changed her life forever.

Alisha has finally returned home; prior she had spent 4 months at 3 different rehab facilities. Representative Thomas Kerr KY-064 has introduced HB-501 which adds the definition of stalking to the domestic violence law. It is still a criminal statute.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
We have 7 days left on this fundraiser. Please give thoughtfully and graciously. You will be rewarded with kindness and thanks

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
The picture in the Enquirer story below is by Patrick Reddy

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
New article by Terry DeMio of the Enquirer - Cincinnati and Kentucky on the anniversary of Alisha Waters attempted murder. Check out Terry's page and give a follow. She's been very kind to us with her articles covering Alisha.

Posted on August 3, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
We Finally Got a Van for Alisha. Thank you KMA and those who participated in The Survivor Ride.
Now to concentrate on a tilt in Space Shower Chair and Aid for her medical bills.

Thanks to everyone who have donated!

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
  1. Dr Phil Show Redux

    Page Moderator

    To all who saw Alisha's segment on the Dr. Phil show July 14, 2014. We were never informed of any air date, so we feel sub-marined.

    1. The segment was was filmed 10 months ago on October 14, 2013 and at the time of the filming, Tammy (Alisha's mother) told them that the pictures they were using for Alisha's husband, were not of DJ but TJ, who is her brother in the Navy. They said they'd fix it in editing, which did not happen. So the pictures you saw of her attempted murderer were actually her brother, and not her estranged husband. We're worried for his career because of this.

    2. Being under contract, We were not allowed to disclose anything related to the segment until it had aired. So while we did get a check from Aflac for $25,000; that was back in late October of 2013 and went to all the renovations on the house for Alisha's room. We just did not want anyone to think we got the donation yesterday and were being dishonest in any way.

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
I wish I could personally thank our anonymous doners.
Your gifts are appreciated and your support is met with greatful blessings from the family. It's people such as yourself that prove our faith in humanity.

Edde Scudder (moderator)

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
Unbreakable - by Tyler Essary
A short documentary that chronicles a day in the life of Alisha - from what had been to what is now.

Posted on June 1, 2014 by Edwin Scudder
We lost the van contest. Now more than ever we could use any help you have to give. Thanks as always!

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Edwin Scudder

Update on the NMEDA Van Contest

Alisha's family and I would like to thank each and every one of you who participated in this contest and endured our reminders to vote daily. Because of you we made it to the semi-finals! It's now up to the essay to take us to the winner's circle. We'll know on May 30. Thanks again!

- Edwin Scudder

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Edwin Scudder


Mention the word and immediately family memories swirl in your head. Hot Summer days filled with softball, volleyball, and corn-hole (which is the funniest name for any game I've ever heard of). Days of soda, and pretzels, and beer.

It's really not much of a union at first: everyone gathers in their own little clan at picnic tables, awkwardly talking with others as they pass by to laden the food table. An occasional joke is made which gets a laugh or two from nervous apprehension, and there's always the one or two who pay no attention to the protocol and try to greet everyone they can corner with no means of escape.

Really nothing happens until the beer starts flowing; then slowly, like cautious dogs approaching something new, the mingling begins. The day wanes and people start games of softball, volleyball, and corn-hole until everyone is tipsy enough to make fun of others' game skills and some people eventually leave angry, while others leave not knowing why some people are angry.

That's how it happens with my family anyway.

Other reunions are smaller, more intimate. They involve only immediate family. And in these we find the definition of "family" scatters its meaning and breaks the traditional mold.

My partner and I have a family. Our kids are an old Beagle and a young Basset Hound. Like most families we've had our share of loss. The first to wait for us at that ethereal bridge was our Molley, then our Pete left, then finally Willoughby. Two Bassets and a Beagle. We had them cremated and they are with us to this day.

Some people don't get that chance.

Their family is ripped away through Life's spite, and when someone one loves is taken without reason, ones heart bleeds from the wound. But the heart heals, my friend. The heart heals.

My niece, Alisha was shot 5 times by her estranged husband who then killed himself.

She is now a quadriplegic whose two hounds, Howie and Dexter live with her shooter's parents.

On Friday April 18th, Alisha got a surprise visit. Her husband's parent's brought Howie and Dexter for a visit. She could not contain what happiness blossomed in her heart and the healing began.

So remember, when Life spite's you, the heavens surprise you. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but when it does it will be healing and radiant.

As always,

Edde Scudder.

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