Wanda “Gail” Vines of Jonesborough underwent an emergency liver transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in late May, only hours after being placed on the donor waiting list.
Already home and recovering just as rapidly, Vines and her family and friends are counting the timing and success of her transplant as nothing short of miraculous, giving God the credit and working fast to line up a benefit sale and wheel auction at the Jonesborough Flea Market in July to help with the cost of her medication, time away from work and other related expenses.
“Joe Wilson who has the flea market is an auctioneer and is working with us,” family member Janice Vines said. “It’s a perfect location on (U.S. Highway) 11E, with perfect facilities and parking, and we really want the community to be involved.
“We’re encouraging everyone, groups of family and friends, church groups, clubs, or anyone with junk they want to clean out and get rid of to come and help.”
Sale hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon on July 26. Wilson will conduct the wheel auction immediately following the sale, taking bids on any bike, trike, lawn mower, motorcycle, car, truck, trailer or RV anyone wants to contribute. Immediately following the wheel auction, Wilson will auction off any remaining items not sold in the sale.
Booths will be available to the community at no cost and all proceeds will go to Gail to help with her transplant-related expenses.
“We know the cost of her medicine over the next six months will be tremendous and she will be off work for several months,” Janice said.
Currently employed by Tennessee Professional Surveying and by Hospitots, Gail worked many years at Klopman-Burlington Mills in Johnson City prior to its closing. Janice said Gail has been much like a mother to her nieces and a grandmother to her nieces’ children for all of their lives and they are busy now returning that blessing by caring for Gail through her illness.
Janice invited others who wish to help Gail, either by manning their own booth or by dropping off donated items at the flea market on the night prior to the sale, to call her at 741-3743 to make arrangements.
Monetary donations may be made to the Wanda G. Vines account at any Bank of Tennessee location or online at Gail’s Go Fund Me webpage at www.gofundme.com/9mac78.
Gail was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center on May 11 and transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt on May 21. Her condition quickly became critical. She was placed on the liver transplant list and within hours a matching liver was donated. Her condition has improved daily since the transplant and her family is thanking everyone for their prayers and support.
Logan’s Roadhouse will host a Raise the Steaks night for Coalition for Kids from 4 to closing time tonight at the restaurant at 3112 Browns Mill Road.
Twenty percent of the price of all meals purchased with the Raise the Steaks coupon available at Coalition for Kids’ website and Facebook page will go to the agency to help provide after-school and summer programing for at-risk students in Johnson City’s elementary and intermediate schools. The coupon can be found under “Special Announcements” at www.coalitionforkids.org and in the photos file at www.facebook.com/Coalition4Kids. If you’ve already made dinner plans for tonight, heads up: Logan’s will repeat the benefit July 17.
The annual Ride for Red, a 100-mile motorcycle ride to help support American Red Cross services in Northeast Tennessee, is set to roll on Saturday.
The ride will start at the Pepsi Bottling Group parking lot at 905 E. Lakeview Drive in Johnson City and end at the Backbone Rock Recreation Area in Shady Valley. Registration will be held from 9-9:45 a.m. and the ride will begin at 10.
The entry fee is $25 and includes a picnic lunch at Backbone Rock. To register early or for more information, call 765-4222, contact Anthony Morrison at Anthony.Morrison@redcross.org or visit redcross.org/netn.
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