Almost two weeks after suffering a serious injury to her throat in a fall leaving her unable to breathe on her own, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams remains hospitalized at the LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville.
If you would like to send Suzanne a card, mail it to LeConte Medical Center, Patient Suzanne Williams, ICU Room 6, Sevierville, TN 37862.
Meanwhile, in appreciation for the prayers and outpouring of community support, the family has sent WJLE the following letter from Suzanne to share with you:
"Dear Community Friends,
I wanted to take a moment to say a very heart-felt thank you for all of the support and prayers during my recent injury. Although I am miles away in Sevierville, TN ICU, I can feel your love from here. I am overcome with emotion as I think about all of the cards, baskets of food, monetary donations, help with travel, and personal visits that I, along with my family, have received over the past 13 days.
After my most recent run of tests, I have been told that I will remain unable to speak for many weeks to come, so I wanted to use this opportunity to share my written voice of gratitude with all of you. First, I would like to thank each one of you that took time out of your busy lives to pray for me upon hearing of my accident. Second, I am humbled and overwhelmed to know that many of you stepped up to volunteer to answer phones and keep the Chamber office open during my absence, and thirdly, for those of you that coordinated and participated in a prayer vigil in my honor at the courthouse, ‘thank you’. It still brings tears to my eyes. In addition, I would like to acknowledge and thank my friends in tourism, across the state of Tennessee, that joined together to offer lodging for my family, and came back to visit multiple times to lend a hand and a smile.
To anyone that had even the smallest part in supporting me through this challenging time, I want you to know that I have prayed for the Lord to bless you and yours. Although I have always known that DeKalb County was one of the finest places on earth to live, I now have an even greater reason to know how right I was. I hope to come home soon, and get back to work promoting the people and place that I love most on this earth.
My deepest thank you until I see you again,
Smithville-DeKalb Chamber of Commerce"