The GoFundMe page aims to raise US$50,000 to help pay for Katie and her family's needs for the coming year.
She had chronic gastrointestinal problems which she had to undergo surgery for, she had just broken up with her then-boyfriend and her mother was abruptly fired from teaching at the same school that she attended.
She lost her nose and parts of her mouth and forehead, but she survived. Her parents are looking into eye transplants for her next, so her eyesight can be restored.
Hurt and angry, Stubblefield went over to her brother Robert's place, went to the bathroom and used his gun to shoot herself.
"I felt so guilty that I had put my family through such pain".
Full and partial face transplants, still considered experimental surgeries, involve replacing all or parts of a person's face with donated tissue from a deceased donor.
It was in Memphis where Katie's parents, Robb and Alesia, heard the term "face transplant" for the first time.
Stubblefield said of the idea when it was first suggested, "I had no clue what a face transplant was".
"When my parents helped explain everything to me, I was very excited to get a face again and to have function again", she said.
The 31-hour-surgery gave Katie Stubblefield a new face after a year wait for a donor, where they availed organ of 31-year-old slain Andrea Schneider, after the family of the donor made a decision to help.
Stubblefield finally received a potential face donor from Adrea Schneider, a 31-year-old single mother who died of a drug overdose.
It was paid for by the US Department of Defence through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
She was taken to hospital and endured two years worth of operations, undergoing several procedures to fix her bone structure, including her nose, nasal passage and her jaw before receiving her new face from donor Adrea Schneider, 31, who died after a drug overdose.
After three years of reconstructive surgery and rehab, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic performed a total face transplant on the 21-year-old in 2017 - making her the youngest recipient in the country. The transplant, performed past year, aims to restore Katie's face structure and functions - such as chewing, breathing and swallowing - which were lost in a severe gunshot injury, the haunting outcome of a suicide attempt as a teenager.
"I am able to touch my face now, and it feels fantastic", said Katie, who still has some difficulty speaking clearly.
"I had never thought of doing that before", Ms Stubblefield said of her attempt to kill herself.
"So many people have helped me", Stubblefield, who hopes to speak on suicide prevention, told the magazine.
"I'm definitely taking many, many daily steps". "Now I want to help other people".