The grant was given by The Somer Thompson Foundation, an organization started by Diena Thompson after her 7-year-old daughter was abducted and murdered in 2009. The group gave Dunn the money so she can focus on her daughter, not how to pay bills. "All her attention needs to be on her missing daughter. Not how am I gonna pay the electric and how am I gonna pay the mortgage," said Thompson.
Billie Dunn said she was overwhelmed by the gracious gift. "Mentally I know I can't go back to work. I think of Hailey 24 ours a day so I know I can't focus there," said Dunn. She said she was starting to worry how the bills would get paid.
Thompson said more than the money she wants to offer support. "I know where she's at. I've been there before. If you have never been through this you can't even in your worst imagination know what this nightmare is like," she said.
Dunn agrees and said the conversation Thompson offers is worth more than money."It's just great to talk mother to mother to somebody who actually gets it," said Dunn.