Just Breathe For Matt

$2,700 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 38 months

"Just Breathe"
Raising money for Matt Gulledge

Matt Gulledge has battled with a lung condition known as Primary Cillary Dyskenesia along with bronchiectasis for thirty-two years. It is a rare disease that mimics cystic fibrosis. Matt was forced to resign from his teaching job in Lake Village, AR four months ago due to his declining health. Matt also has an eleven year old son. Recently he was put on the waiting list for a double lung transplant at Baylor Medical in Dallas, Texas. When the transplant committee met and reviewed Matt's medical history they placed him in the "top priority" category, which means as soon as the organs come available he will have the operation. Matt's lung capacity is currently at 22%. We are raising money to help with his medical expenses and to help with his road to recovery after he has the transplant. He will spend 14 weeks in the hospital after the transplant

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Update 7
Posted by Kristaleen Gulledge
1 month ago
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The arrangements for Matt are as follows: Visitation will be tomorrow, Sunday, from 5pm-8pm and the service will be Monday at 10am, all held at Jones Funeral Home. Please keep the family in your prayers today and in the days that follow.
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Update 6
Posted by Kristaleen Gulledge
1 month ago
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First and foremost, I want to tell everybody who has visited this page and prayed for Matt Gulledge over the years that we have felt the prayers and the love. Matt passed away today and is no longer suffering. Matt struggled from the day he was born with this horrible genetic disorder. In 2013, he was in final stages of respiratory failure. He was listed for a double lung transplant. He received that transplant in June 2014 - and he was a rock star!!! He did amazing. Even shocking the doctors. After a few months, they told us that Matt had some donor specific antibodies in his lungs. This was a form of rejection. At first, the doctors didn't even think it was necessary to treat it. But after several months, they did try a few forms of treatments. The treatments helped for a little while, but the last few months have been rough. Just won't to use this method to express my appreciation and love to all of you. Your prayers were so felt and will be cherished forever. Please continue to pray for our family and especially for Matt's son Tyce! Thanks again!!!
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Update 5
Posted by Kristaleen Gulledge
32 months ago
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Matt's double lung transplant was successful! He is on his way to recovery. He will remain in ICU for 2 weeks and then be moved to a recovery portion of the hospital for 12 weeks. They have started the process of weening him off the ventilator. It will be a slow and steady process and will be adjusted according to how well his body is responding to the his new lungs. We got the chance to see him last night 2 hours after his surgery and he was alert and responsive. His progress has shocked the whole medical team. Please continue to pray for his recovery. Thank you all for the prayers and support!
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Update 4
Posted by Kristaleen Gulledge
37 months ago
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Below is a note from Matt...he wanted to reach as many people as possible with his thanks, so we decided to post it here on the "Just Breathe" page instead of on his personal account.

I would like to thank each and everyone of you guys that have been so kind to contribute to the "Just Breathe" cause. Your generous contributions will help greatly when it comes time for my transplant and during the long road of rehabilitation after the operation. With all my heart, I would like to thank you for your contributions, anyone who has purchased a "Just Breath" t-shirt or hoodie, and anyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. This means so very much to me and my family. We are going through a hard time right now but by the grace of God and through your continued prayers and support I feel like there is nothing that I can't overcome.

Sincerely,
Matt Gulledge

P.S. A special thanks to Kristaleen Gulledge for all her hard work on organizing the fundraiser and Jennifer Martin for her part in making the "Just Breathe" fundraiser possible. I love you girls!
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$2,700 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 38 months
Created December 30, 2013
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Anonymous
36 months ago
$100
Anonymous
36 months ago
$100
Michele Burnside
36 months ago

Wish I could do more friend...

JR
$50
John Richards
36 months ago

Get to feeling better Matty Boy!

$20
Anonymous
37 months ago
JM
$50
Janice Mobley
37 months ago
OK
$50
Obi-Wan Kenobi
37 months ago

May the force be with you

MB
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Melinda Boncheff
37 months ago
TH
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Tim & Sandra Hurt
37 months ago
$20
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37 months ago
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