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Two years ago, Amy Buriss was diagnosed with a terminal lung condition, known as Pulmonary Fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly, and progressively causes shortness of breath. As a result of this condition, Amy’s lungs have deteriorated, and her only option now is a lifesaving lung transplant.

When Amy first learned of her diagnosis, she said, “I will beat this!” She is a positive and upbeat woman, caring and selfless. Amy is a true warrior, and we admire and support her spirit to overcome her condition. Amy is a mother, daughter, sister, volunteer, “prankster” and avid U2 fan with an outrageous sense of humor! She honorably served in the US Navy and is proud to have served her Country. She is the mother of 3 awesome teenagers, Madison, Lydia and Sam and has spent every waking moment of her life caring, loving and being available for her children 24/7.

Updates (2)

June 23, 2015

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support! I was transplanted on 5/9/15 with a perfect set of new lungs! I feel outstanding! I no longer need supplemental oxygen or a wheelchair! I am getting my life back!! I am so overjoyed to be given this second chance at life! It wouldn’t be possible without God, my donor, my transplant team, the staff at UNC Hospital Chapel Hill, my family, my friends, and the wonderful people from Alexander County!! Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart!! Every breath is a gift…..

May 13, 2015

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!! Your generosity and kindness mean so much to me! I am doing well, just waiting on the perfect set of lungs! Thank you again for all of your support and love!! I love you all!!


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June 8, 2015

The Gantt family loves you. We are praying for you.

Sheila Gantt

June 8, 2015

Love you my dear friend!

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