Laurin Leonard wrote -
My first marathon is dedicated to Captain Gregory Galeazzi: brother, son, cousin, friend, leader and hero.
On May 26th, 2011, Greg was seriously wounded while conducting a dismounted patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The blast caused severe injuries to his legs, requiring above the knee amputations on both limbs, and his right arm was critically damaged. Greg has since been moved to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX and is beginning the long process of rehabilitation. He is 25 years old.
I met Greg in July of last year, and can personally attest to his authenticity, amicability and selflessness. He is the brilliant and fascinating individual everyone wants to befriend. I admire Greg’s tenacious appetite for life and his unwavering inner-strength. He is approaching his difficult recovery with the same vigor that shapes every other facet of his life.
I am asking for your support while honor Greg by running the 26.2 miles through my hometown of Los Angeles, CA on March 18th, 2012.
The Captain Gregory Galeazzi Recovery Fund was started by his family in an effort to help support Greg on his long road to recovery. 100% of donations made will go directly to support Greg’s long-term care and quality of life, including medical expenses, advanced prosthetics, disabled modifications to Greg’s home and automobile, and other unforeseen expenses.
If you’d like to learn more about Greg or make a donation, please visit the link below. http://www.cptgaleazzi.com
More about my charity:
The Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for the families of wounded veterans as they recover. The homes are in close proximity to the wounded warrior’s hospital or rehabilitation center, allowing for frequent visits and convenient care.
My best friend, Summer Buckley, is Greg's devoted girlfriend. Upon receiving news of Greg’s accident, she immediately quit her full-time job with a notable non-profit agency in Washington D.C. to move to San Antonio and begin working as Greg's Non-Medical Assistant. Since Greg’s condition has improved, she now frequently travels back and forth in order to be there for him as much she can. The Fisher House allows her – and Greg's family members – to lend their love and support for him during his long journey.