How to help
Those wishing to donate to a recovery fund set up for U.S. Army Capt. Greg Galeazzi can pay through a blog created by Capt. Chad Maddox.
An endurance runner since 2003, U.S. Army Capt. Chad Maddox now wants to go the distance for a friend and warrior injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Maddox, 30, is a company commander at Camp Merrill, home of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion and the Mountain Phase of Fort Benning’s Ranger School. The base is just outside Dahlonega.
He is raising money for Capt. Greg Galeazzi, who is receiving treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. While deployed to Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in 2011, a bomb blast severely injured his legs, requiring above-the-knee amputations on both limbs.
“Also, his arm was damaged but is getting better after multiple surgeries,” said Maddox, who has been deployed to Iraq four times and Afghanistan once.
“He is making a lot of progress. He’s living in an apartment and his truck is outfitted so he can drive it, but there is still so much that he has to get through,” he said.
Maddox set a goal of $2,500 as part of running in the 50th Annual JFK 50 Mile marathon in Maryland on Nov. 17.
“Greg’s Legs,” a blog he has created that enables visitors to donate using Paypal, shows that he has raised $4,235.
“If I get to $6,000, I’ll carry the American flag for the last four miles,” said Maddox, adding that the flag has traveled to several countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Maddox got his start in marathons when he was challenged by a college instructor in 2003.
“He said that if I did it, he would pay my way in. But he said he didn’t know if I could do it,” he said. “That immediately sparked in me a desire to do it and throw it right back at him.”
The idea for a recovery fund for Galeazzi came after “thinking for a couple of months what I could do” to help him, Maddox said.
“As it goes in the Army, sometimes you meet somebody and then have limited contact for a couple of years, and then pick it right back up,” he said. “Unfortunately, the catalyst for us picking it back up was him being injured.”
The two met in Texas in August, and Maddox “floated the idea” for the fundraiser by Galeazzi, Maddox said.
“He was all about it,” he said.
Galeazzi couldn’t be reached for comment.
As for the race, “My brother is going to come and help with support, and I think Greg’s sister may come ... just to kind of cheer me on,” Maddox said. “So, all in all, it’s been a pretty incredible opportunity to help out a buddy.”