Willie “Freckles” Gilmore
A mother with a big heart received her new heart on September 23, 2010
Willie suffered from Rheumatic Fever as a child, which caused severe damage to her heart. She had her first open heart surgery in 1983 and a second in 1991 to replace the damaged valves. Willie’s heart continued to deteriorate.
Willie Gilmore (64) a resident of McKinney for the past 46 years has received the gift of life by receiving a new heart
Willie is a faithful member of The Church of Christ and her love for the Lord has enabled her to endure these hardships. Philippians 4:13 provides her with the strength needed to perform her daily tasks: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
For the past two years, Willie has been receiving a 24 hour infusion of Primacor in order to keep her heart functioning.
As a hairstylist, Willie has touched the lives of many people in the McKinney area, from former mayors to the homeless. She is a blessing and a comfort to those whom she comes in contact with.
Willie’s heart transplant was performed at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas by Dr. Capehart, and Dr. Johannes Kuiper as her Transplant Cardiologist, who oversees her recovery and performs monthly biopsies.
With her new heart now comes the challenge to pay for and maintain the exorbitant cost associated with her transplant. With the transplant complete Willie’s medical treatments are expensive. Out of pocket expenses exceed thousands of dollars per month and cost of the transplant in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Willie has been on disability since 1997, receiving approximately 10K a year. With your help Willie can continue to touch the lives of many.
With your help, Willie can continue to serve the Lord and touch many more lives.
Many thanks from Willie and her family
For more information or questions, please contact any of the following:
Contact persons: Yolandera Austin (daughter) 972-548-1708 [email protected]
Vickie Southerland (Sis. In Christ) 469-323-9431 [email protected]
Joyce Watson: 972-288-1378 (Sister) 972-288-1378 [email protected]
Photo Galleries (2)
December 22, 2010
A new lease on life. What a blessing! May some of the burdens for this new life be lifted with the generosity of our family and friends. No matter what, the Lord will provide. Love you always!
Yolandera Austin - McKinney TX.
December 8, 2010
Hang in there sister. They will find something to help with your legs. Love ya!
Joyce Watson - Mesquite, TX