Yoga Class for Greg Kelley "Bridge the Gap"

Richmond, VA

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Friends of Greg Kelley are uniting to help Greg "bridge the gap" while he recovers from his badly broken leg.

Many of you know that Greg's visit with daughter Sarah and son Sean in Berlin this spring was abruptly curtailed by a horrid accident, resulting in a femur (thigh bone) broken in three tricky places, close to his hip. He underwent surgery to install rods and pins to hold it all together (see the image at left).

In a great stroke of luck, Greg checked the "travel insurance" box when purchasing his plane ticket! His surgery, 3-week hospital stay in Berlin, and transportation back home were covered. Otherwise, since Greg has no health insurance, the expenses would have been catastrophic.

Greg's life has changed dramatically, however, due to the accident. Now at home and recovering, he faces additional challenges, and we can help.

While Greg was on his extended "vacation," and since his return home, Greg has been unable to work the construction jobs that were lined up, and that he depended on for income. Greg is just beginning to put some weight on his leg now, and can drive short distances. He is on crutches, and will be for quite some time. He is getting better; however, doctors estimate that it will be 6-8 months before he is fully recovered and can go back to work. There is no way Greg can do the physical labor required of a career in carpentry - such as climbing a ladder, or schlepping lumber and tools - while hobbling around on crutches.

In the meantime, the bills continue to mount. Greg is taking steps to help offset some of his monthly bills. To help pay the mortgage, for instance, Greg is looking for a roommate. He is also gradually building his jewelry inventory so that he will be able to sell it, until he can go back to working more physically. All of this will take time. Without the means to make a living, Greg seriously needs financial help to get him through this critical transition period.

The goal of this fundraiser is to help Greg "bridge the gap" by raising roughly 3 months of household expenses (about $2,200 per month). That should help cover food, utilities, mortgage, and other expenses, and help him recover while he recruits a new roommate and makes his jewelry to sell.

If you love Greg as so many do, will you help, if you are able? All contributions of any size are very welcome! You may choose to remain anonymous, or hide your contribution amount, if you prefer. If you are unable to contribute at this time, we understand. Please help us reach our goal by sharing the link to this page with others who know and may be interested in helping Greg.

If you have any questions or need more information, you can e-mail us at parkersback@msn.com. We hope that you will join us in helping a good friend, great artist, and all-around super human being literally get back on his feet again! Thank you for your consideration.