Lung Transplant recipient needs help

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Linda Gibbs

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Lifelong Sault Ste. Marie resident Linda Gibbs is headed for a double-lung transplant.

Linda’s niece Chelsea Rooley says her aunt is amazing and comes from a tight-knit family. and looks forward to seeing her after the transplant.

“I have two small children who also adore her so much. So much. It would be absolutely amazing to be able to watch her play without restriction with my children, with her grandchildren, and her other great-nieces and nephews,” says Rooley. “So, we just want her healthy, happy and to come back and play.”

Gibbs is headed for a double-lung transplant if all goes well at the end of the month. She will be required to stay in Toronto for a prolonged period of time and is struggling to raise the finances to do that.

Her sister Lorraine Shook of Edmonton, Alberta started a gofundme to help with the cause. In her description she notes Linda is down to less than 20 percent lung function. She is hoping the community will come to help out one of their own.

“We all know that relocating is never easy, and in this case, the significant difference in cost of living in Toronto combined with the medical costs not covered by OHIP makes that burden all the higher,” says Shook in the post.

“We would like to raise enough to give Linda a head start with rent (approximately $1,500 a month), to provide her with a couple of months of medication (almost $1,000 a month), and to purchase a micro spirometer to help monitor her progress.”

The family is appreciative of anything you can give. They just want to be all together again.

“No matter where they are, when our family needs to be together … they are always here,” said Rooley. “Christmas, weddings, major events, little events. We come together, and this is no different.”