For over 10 years Greg Germani has chronicled the changing face of Atlanta via his ATLANTA TIME MACHINE website. A labor of love (for which he's never solicited contributions or advertisements), Greg has collected hundreds of then-and-now images of Atlanta, waging a one-man crusade to share with his fellow Atlantans a sense of their history. Over the years his site has been celebrated in multiple news stories and he's garnered thousands of fans as he's helped us appreciate the history of the place we call home.
Now, however, it's Greg who is in need of our help.
On the evening of June 9, while cycling home from work, Greg was viciously, intentionally run down by a driver and left for dead. Thanks to the help of fast-acting strangers and the amazing work of doctors at Grady Hospital, Greg's life was saved that night.
Greg has received outstanding medical care every step of the way. Seven weeks after the attack, however, Greg is facing a long road to recovery. He has suffered multiple injuries, the primary one being a severe brain injury from the impact of the incident. (Importantly, he was wearing a helmet.) There is so much unpredictability about a brain injury, but the consistent word is that Greg will recover on his own timetable.
While we have faith that Greg can heal, what many people never realize (unless they have to deal with one of these situations) is that even good health insurance plans won't remotely cover the costs that Greg will incur as he recovers. The brutal truth is that Greg's recovery will have STEEP FINANCIAL COSTS, EVEN WITH HIS HEALTH INSURANCE.
While Greg’s insurance has great coverage for hospitalization costs, like many insurance plans, his post-hospitalization benefits are limited. Treatment for a traumatic brain injury goes far beyond hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation. It will be a lengthy treatment plan requiring outpatient therapy, in-home care, the purchase of rehabilitative equipment, and potential modifications to Greg’s home. With insurance plans that limit the coverage of a patient’s days of outpatient therapy and home nursing care and all the attendant costs of returning home, the odds of recovery favor those with the financial means to pay for treatment. And, obviously, it's essential that Greg gets the best care that's absolutely possible.
Thousands of people are familiar with Greg because of Atlanta Time Machine, but to those closest to him, we also know him as a music lover, a promoter of popular country and rockabilly concerts, an avid cyclist, a great co-worker, a dog lover, a wonderful neighbor, and -- most of all -- a funny, thoughtful, and loving boyfriend, brother, and son.
So for Greg's sake, for the sake of his many loved ones, and for the sake of Atlantans whose lives have been enriched by his selfless contribution to his community, we are appealing for help.
We want that Greg back in our lives as soon as possible, and we're calling on anyone who's been touched by Greg's life and work to "GIVE FOR GREG." Greg’s family has established a third party “Special Needs Trust for the Primary Benefit of Gregory Thomas Germani” for this purpose.
Any contribution that you are willing to donate to help Greg get the long term care he needs is deeply appreciated. We thank you for sharing Greg's story, and this appeal for help widely. And, most of all, we appreciate your love, support and prayers in Greg's time of need.
Contributions made via GoFundMe (or otherwise) will go to this third-party special needs trust, and those funds will only be used to meet Greg’s health care needs not otherwise covered by insurance or other means in accordance with the terms of the trust. Donations are considered a gift and are not eligible for a charitable deduction for tax purposes.
If you have questions about the consequences of any gift or donation, please consult the appropriate legal or financial authority. If you would like to review a copy of the Trust Agreement, please contact the Trustee, Beth Anne Harrill.
Atlanta Time Machine: www.atlantatimemachine.com
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Article (2005) on the origins of Atlanta Time Machine: http://clatl.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid:19315