Billie Sue Gunter has lived in Nashville, TN her whole life. She graduated from Overton High School and, together with her husband Buddy, raised two daughters. Both daughters live close by with their families so Billie Sue delights in being Mema to three grandsons and a granddaughter.
In 2009, Billie Sue was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Today she is at stage 4 COPD that has caused life threatening damage to her lungs. She is on oxygen 24 hours a day. Billie Sue has been evaluated at Vanderbilt University Hospital and is considered an excellent candidate for a lung transplant. Transplantation is lifesaving but financing this procedure is a monumental task that Billie Sue cannot meet without support from friends, family, and the community.
March 11, 2016
As most of you know Billie Sue had her transplant last May. You may not know that about seven months after her transplant she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. We are very hopeful that the surgery they have scheduled in April will freeze all of the cancer off her kidney. This past week her husband had a massive stroke. Life is just hitting them with one medical need after the other. Being a transplant patient will consist of a lifetime of medical expenses. She takes over 15 medications every day, has frequent bronchoscopies, and various doctors appointments. Right now her medical bills just for the transplant expenses are over $10,000 and now her cancer treatment bills and her husband’s medical bills will probably at least double that amount.
We, her family, are asking if you feel moved to donate to her HelpHOPE Live campaign. As always all donations are tax deductible and go directly to HelpHOPELive and are placed in a regional restricted fund to help Billie Sue with her medically-related expenses. The funds are released as needed for those medical costs.
As always, if you are not able to donate, your prayers mean just as much. Thank you.
May 28, 2015
A GOOD NEWS UPDATE— We are pleased to share our news that Billie Sue received her Gift of Life — her lung transplant — on Monday, May 18th. Thank you for your support of our continued need to fundraise.
November 6, 2016
I love you and am praying for you everyday. You are the toughest person I know.
July 20, 2016
Hang in there, we love you.
May 30, 2015
Keep up the hard journey, friends are waiting at the end to hug and see you!
May 18, 2015
God bless you. No thing is impossible with the Lord; keep up those slow, relaxing deep breathing exercises and every time you take a breath, remember you are loved. My sweet friend Barbara Young told me about you, and how very-very special you are to many people. Don't give up!