Kim Miller, the Johnson City postal service worker battling a genetic disorder that destroyed his lungs, received the lung transplant needed to save his life on Sept. 15 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
The procedure went so well that the next afternoon Kim was smiling for a photograph his daughter posted online for friends who have supported the family with prayers for his health and with monetary contributions to help meet the considerable financial challenges of his transplant.
Donna Beckett, a Miller family friend and a member of Unaka Baptist Church who has been helping with fundraising, called this week to report Miller has continued to make good progress and expects to leave the hospital today for a nearby apartment. He will spend the next three months in outpatient care at Vanderbilt. Beckett said the family is extremely grateful to Kim’s organ donor and are requesting friends to join them in prayers for the donor’s family.
Meanwhile, Beckett said, donations to help the Millers with expenses, including their extended stay in Nashville, may be made payable to Unaka Avenue Baptist Church and earmarked for the Kim Miller Transplant Fund at any Bank of Tennessee location, or by mail to Bank of Tennessee, P.O. Box 4980, Johnson City, TN 37602-4980.
Good Samaritan Ministries is in search of a good used automobile for donation to a client receiving care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home. A veteran, the woman plans to return to work as soon as possible. The trouble is her car motor has blown and the estimated cost of its repair exceeds the vehicle’s value.
The ministry is searching for a replacement and is requesting anyone who has an dependable used car they wish to donate to call Rebecca Sherfey at Good Samaritan at 929-1958. Automobile donations to the ministry are tax deductible and Good Samaritan provides the market value estimate needed for the deduction.
There’s a slew of fun and charitable events coming up this weekend, beginning Friday night with a musical “Benefit on the Boardwalk” in Bluff City. Admission is free and donations will be collected to help chef Ryana DeArmond with a two-year mission trip to Cambodia, where she will work with The Center for Global Impact to teach impoverished young women to cook in order to provide an income for their families.
Entertainment will be provided by Kim Lyons and David James, Nomadz, saxophonist Aaron Howard, Kim Boyer, Sabrina and Carson Arnold, Andrea Gates, Karahann Kiser, Hal Boyd, Ike Fleenor and Rod Stipe. For more information about the benefit, call Jerry Malone at 538-6434.
On Saturday, the Mountain States Foundation will host a Pink Ribbon bike ride to help the foundation’s Circle of Hope provide services to local cancer patients in need. The ride includes four scenic routes of varying difficulty, ranging from a challenging 100-mile ride over three local mountain ridges to a leisurely 25-mile ride down Greenwood Drive to the Lamar community south of Jonesborough.
The entry fee is $40 per rider. Registration will open at 7 a.m. in the Same Day Surgery parking lot at Johnson City Medical Center.
For yard sale hoppers, the AT&T Call Center in Johnson City will host an “Ultimate Yard Sale” for the United Way of Washington County on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. in the call center parking lot, located across from the Sonic Drive In at 2612 N. Roan St.
At Warriors Path State Park on Saturday, there will be Great Strides benefit walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted by the foundation’s East Tennessee Chapter in Knoxville. Registration will open at 9 a.m. at the park’s Duck Island Pavilion and the walk begins at 10.
Sponsorships raised by individual walkers and walk teams and donations collected on the day of the walk will go toward research to help battle CF, a life-threatening genetic disease that impacts an estimated 30,000 children and adults across the U.S. Donations also will help provide patient care at 115 specialized CF treatments centers, including the center located adjacent to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.
More information about the walk is available online at www.cff.org/great_strides, or may be obtained by calling Joan Scheau at 854-8860.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, large or small, contact Sue Guinn Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.