In March 2007, Wayman Tisdale underwent treatment for cancer of the knee (osteosarcoma), which was discovered after he fell down a flight of stairs in his home and broke his leg. May 2007, Tisdale announced he was recovering from a procedure to remove the cyst, and expected to make a full recovery. However, after a series of chemotherapy treatments the cancer later returned.

In August 2008, Tisdale had part of his right leg amputated because of the bone cancer. Tisdale said removing a portion of the leg would be the best way to ensure that the cancer would not return. Shortly after the operation, Wayman was fitted for a prosthesis. It was this experience coupled with the knowledge that the process is not always covered by health insurance that led Tisdale and his wife, Regina to begin work on the establishing the Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation.

Tisdale died on the morning of May 15, 2009 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Foundation was officially established shortly after.


Our Mission

The Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation, Inc. (the “Tisdale Foundation”), honors the life and legacy of professional basketball player and smooth jazz bass guitarist, Wayman Tisdale. Together with a host of collaborators, the Tisdale Foundation identifies eligible individuals with unmet prosthetic needs and pays for cutting-edge prosthetic care. Operating out of the Wayman L. Tisdale Specialty Clinic in Wayman Tisdale’s hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tisdale Foundation changes lives throughout the United States.

The Tisdale Foundation remains committed to its core mission of providing top-flight prostheses and device maintenance to those in need, but recently expanded its horizons. The newly-launched “Wayman’s Way” initiative directs attention and resources to the promotion of positive lifestyles and preventative health care, with an emphasis on health & wellness, childhood health education, and nutrition awareness.

The Tisdale Foundation understands that segments of the population, particularly, African-Americans, suffer from disproportionate rates of diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments; that lack of information about and access to healthy food and health care services contribute to these ills.

The Tisdale Foundation encourages and supports those who seek to live life to its fullest: disease-free, education-rich, and wellness-infused. It’s about quality of life. That means having fun, flashing a smile, and doing things “Wayman’s Way.”

Meet The Founder

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Regina Tisdale, a native of Tulsa, OK, is one of seven children born to Dan and Frances Ware. She is the wife of the late Wayman L. Tisdale, Sr.

Regina attended Rogers High School, where she excelled academically, as well as socially. Tisdale’s concern for the well being of others, her love of learning, and her desire to help motivated her to achieve a personal goal of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University.

While Wayman played in the National Basketball Association, Regina was an active member and Vice President for the NBA Wives Association’s program Behind the Bench. The organization’s focus is to raise money for charities dealing with women and children. After retiring from the NBA, Wayman successfully transitioned to music and Regina focused on running Tisway Productions where she served as Vice President.

Regina is continuing the legacy of a man who was the epitome of strength. Regina also sits on the Advisory Board of Access Sports/Wayman Tisdale Award. The couple have four children, Danielle, Tiffany, Wayman Jr. and Gabrielle. Regina can often be found reading to her two grandchildren, Bailey and Anaya.