Brenda Sue's Recovery Fund

$10,768 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 32 months
Hi everyone.  My name is Shanna and I'm Brenda Sue's daughter.  As many of you know, she was in a motorcycle wreck while racing this weekend at the Loring Land Speed Trials.  She is currently in ICU at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and we are anticipating approximately a three month stay at this point.  She has been through two surgeries and will require multiple additional surgeries to repair the damage she sustained in the crash.

Brenda sustained multiple broken bones and injuries.  She has a broken shoulder, a broken collarbone, and several broken ribs.  Her right arm is broken in three places and her left leg is broken below the knee and at the ankle.  Her right leg is the most serious of her injuries.  She sustained a compound fracture below the knee and another compound fracture above the ankle.  She needs a muscle graft to close the wounds in her right leg.  It's a grueling surgery and will take about 16 hours. If it's not successful her surgeons will be required to amputate her leg.

In addition to a lengthy hospital stay, Brenda is going to require a lot of physical therapy and rehab, and once we get her home she's going to need a lot of additional help.  She's going to be unable to work for a while, and we as a family are going to need help with her medical and living expenses while she recovers.  

If you can give, we are so grateful.  If you can't, we understand and ask that you would just share this gofundme with your friends.  And pray.  Always pray, because we KNOW God answers.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.
Shanna Carver-Hunter
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Just a VERY quick update for everyone. My mom is awake!! She can't talk really, so there are some communication barriers from what I understand, but this is such encouraging news and I'll take it. Any step forward, no matter how small, is a positive thing.

I'll know more after the weekend, I'm flying to Maine tomorrow to finally see her. I'll be back Sunday and I'll update all of you after I've seen everything with my own eyes. Keep me in your prayers for safe travels!

A special thank you to San Antonio Raceway for what they did for my mom. We appreciate every single one of you more than you could ever know.
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Hi everyone.

It's been a few days since the last update and I apologize for that. We wanted to wait until we had some concrete information to share with all of you.

They put a trach in earlier in the week so that they could remove the breathing tube, with the hope that she will begin breathing on her own a little more. That went well.

As most of you know, we were praying for a muscle graft surgery in order to save her leg. Unfortunately, there was just too much damage. Infection began to set in and she started spiking a fever, so they did amputate her right leg from the knee down today. As I type these words to all of you, it feels like I'm telling a story I read somewhere....right now it's just words. It hasn't set in yet and doesn't feel real.

My mom could use your support more than ever now. Please continue to pray for us and share the gofundme. And right now with everything going on, if anyone would like to talk to the family about anything, please reach out to me on Facebook messenger. It's the easiest way to reach me.

Thank you, we love you all.
Shanna
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Hi everyone, just another quick update.

I'm sorry I haven't posted sooner but we've been waiting until we had something substantial to report. So far things remain mostly the same.

Today, my mom was supposed to have the big surgery to do the muscle graft on her leg. The anesthesiologist called it off because her blood pressure has been a little low. She was brought out of sedation briefly this morning and was able to nod her head yes and no to various questions.

Her surgeons met today and discussed things, and will be proceeding with the muscle graft tomorrow or Thursday. This surgery is necessary to save her right leg. Until the surgery is performed, the wounds on this leg remain open all the way to the bone.

We appreciate all your continued well wishes, thoughts, and prayers. I will update again as soon as we get past this surgery. Today was frustrating, but tomorrow is a new day.
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Hi everyone. First, we want to thank you all for your generosity. It means more than I can say to see everyone pouring out love for my mom.
Just a quick update. Mom has now weathered two more surgeries and is doing as well as can be expected. She is still being kept heavily medicated but was able to respond to simple commands from the doctor (squeeze my hand, give a thumbs up, etc) and that's encouraging.
The doctors have discovered she has a small puncture to one of her lungs, which they have treated by inserting a chest tube, and a broken vertebra (T-5), which they will treat by fitting her with a brace to keep it immobilized. They are anticipating performing the muscle graft surgery on her right leg on Monday or Tuesday. I will update you all again following that surgery.
Shanna
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Jeff Lemon
32 months ago
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Shanna hi I know its early days but have you thought about selling tutus to raise some money??

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Shanna Carver Hunter
32 months ago
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Jeff, that's a great idea. It didn't even occur to me, but I know how to make them and it would be a great way to raise money. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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Stanley Bumpus
31 months ago
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Shanna; I am part of state leadership in Christian Motorcyclist Assn. in the state of Maine. We found out about Brenda Sue through a message from a chapter in Texas. We have a chapter near EMMC where she is staying, who will be able to visit with her. With your permission, I will forward the message and link to all of our chapters in six New England states through a newsletter that I publish. The purpose is to increase prayer support and likely it will generate some donations thru fund me. You are both in our prayers. Stan Bumpus, New England Area Rep

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Michael Patti
32 months ago
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Very good news... thank you for the excellent updates!

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Debbie Cherry
32 months ago
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Sending prayers to all of you. She has lost her leg, but her life and spirit are still very much alive.

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Donna Kay Gott
32 months ago
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Thank you so much for the up date stay strong continued prayers going up for Brenda Sue we love you girl hold strong

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AJ
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Abdus Sami Jukaku
20 months ago
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hope you get back to full strength

DV
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Dave Viola
26 months ago
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Your fans love you Brenda.

MS
$100
Mike the Mechanic Sacco
27 months ago
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although we've never met I'm pretty sure you're gonna make it thru this just fine. love the tutu!

JS
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John Sowers
30 months ago
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MK
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Michael Kritzky
30 months ago
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Remember God Loves you and so do all your Fans! Never give up!

X3
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XO/VGC 337
30 months ago
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Never, never quit.

BM
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Brendan Malone
30 months ago
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From one land racer to another. I know we've never met, but I know you would do the same for me.

$25
Anonymous
30 months ago
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BH
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Bill Hoddinott
31 months ago
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Best wishes to Brenda Sue for a good recovery!

B*
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Bonneville 200 MPH Club *
31 months ago
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Jeff Lemon
32 months ago
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Shanna hi I know its early days but have you thought about selling tutus to raise some money??

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Shanna Carver Hunter
32 months ago
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Jeff, that's a great idea. It didn't even occur to me, but I know how to make them and it would be a great way to raise money. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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Stanley Bumpus
31 months ago
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Shanna; I am part of state leadership in Christian Motorcyclist Assn. in the state of Maine. We found out about Brenda Sue through a message from a chapter in Texas. We have a chapter near EMMC where she is staying, who will be able to visit with her. With your permission, I will forward the message and link to all of our chapters in six New England states through a newsletter that I publish. The purpose is to increase prayer support and likely it will generate some donations thru fund me. You are both in our prayers. Stan Bumpus, New England Area Rep

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Michael Patti
32 months ago
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Very good news... thank you for the excellent updates!

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Debbie Cherry
32 months ago
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Sending prayers to all of you. She has lost her leg, but her life and spirit are still very much alive.

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Donna Kay Gott
32 months ago
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Thank you so much for the up date stay strong continued prayers going up for Brenda Sue we love you girl hold strong

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