Mike "Geppy" Gephart Fundraiser

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Organizer: Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart Beneficiary: MIke "Geppy" Gephart and Family

On March 12, 2014, a serious car accident left Mike “Geppy” Gephart critically injured. Your donation will help Geppy and his family to pay for the various costs involved with his recovery.

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Mike “Geppy” Gephart is a strong, witty, generous, guy who loves music, travelling, and being with his family and friends.  He has played bass guitar for most of his life and has been in bands such as Free Beer No Cover, The Weavils, Twisted Configuration, The Great Garbonzos, Boney Fingers,  Father Mac, and The Phry, just to name a few. And when someone in the valley needs a bass player for a gig, Gep steps in.  He has played with Michael Boyle, Iggy Rae, Bobby Evans, and countless others. Even greater than his love for music is his love for his family.  He is a loving father to two young girls and a supportive husband to his wife, D. Geppy has a charm about him that makes him pretty difficult not to like, and it’s been said that there aren’t many people out there that he doesn’t like back!

 

On March 12, 2014, Geppy was involved in a serious car accident on his way home from work. Thanks to the efforts of the first responders, he survived this horrible accident. He did, however, sustain many broken and fractured bones, as well as a very significant and severe head injury. He spent more than a week in ICU, and his recovery is expected to be a long one.  He has many weeks, months, and possibly even years of rehab and therapy ahead of him.

 

Geppy’s wife, D, has displayed an amazing amount of strength and courage during the past few weeks. Staying on top of his continued roller coaster of recovery, driving back and forth between home and the hospital, taking care of a 3 year old and a 4 month old without her partner and dealing with paperwork from every angle.  If this list wasn’t long enough, D has also gone back to work, as she has now suddenly become her family’s sole bread winner.  All of that would seem like enough to bring anybody to their knees.  In addition to all of this is the significance of being married to a guy that is so extremely loved by others. Through the countless bands he has been in over the years, Geppy has acquired thousands of friends and fans. And they ALL want updates.  D has been strong under pressure and has been nothing but generous, opening up her private life to, in some cases, strangers. She does this because she understands. Geppy is just really easy to love, and, as she stated recently, “people love Geppy.” People have been coming out of the woodwork with offers to help, and here is your chance! We have started this website so that the people who so desperately and generously want to help Geppy and his family will have a way to do just that.

 

It’s still early in the game, here, folks. Nobody is sure just how long this recovery is going to take or how expensive it is going to end up being. What we do know is that the medical bills have the potential to be HIGH even after insurance pays its part. We also know that it’s going to be a long time before Geppy can get back to work and as we all know, life doesn’t slow down for anybody, not even Gep. There are still mortgage payments, daycare costs, and general bills that are going to need to be paid, and the Gephart Family’s income has been drastically reduced.  I have seen the outpouring of love, prayers, and offers to help all over the internet. It’s time to pitch in. It’s time to do some good for somebody who has done good for pretty much everybody who knows him.  Thank you in advance for your donation. 

Donations can be made through this website or sent to:

Mike Gephart Benefit Account
PO Box 1003
Oshkosh, WI 54903

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07/14/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
A final update from the Gephart family, written by D~

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Its been what I can only call an incredible journey, this far.  Full of miracles, and too many tears and too many sleepless nights and too much stress, but I'm glad every single day that Gep is here and he's fighting his way back to what I call the New Normal.

 I would take this over the alternative.  And for that, I'm grateful.

 Lets not mince words, it was a hellish spring.  It has been a horrible summer. 

But I have HIGH HOPES FOR FALL!

 Even as gep's bones and muscles and joints heal and strengthen, the brain recovery is less visible, and probably more impactful. 

 Since Gep and I weren't perfect people at the start of this saga, its no surprise that the stress is showing the cracks.  But at the forefront is always the girls. We're both trying to make sure they thrive and enjoy their summer as much as possible, and have as positive a future as we can secure for them.

 With the donations we've been able to replace our old Minivan with a Kia Sorento.  It's not fancy, but it will give the four of us a heap more leg room. 

Gep is positive it will haul what needs to be hauled for gigs. 

 If I could leave you with a few final thoughts before this web is closed down.

 Life is short.  ENJOY the ride with people you love. 

 And as I sing to my girls every night -

Don't worry about a thing. 

Every little thing WILL be all right.  


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06/28/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
I am sorry to report that I made an error when posting the amount raised by the Gepstock benefit. But this is the good kind of error! The actual official number for funds raised at Gepstock 2014 is $14,666.59! How wonderful! Again, thank you to everybody who participated! 
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06/27/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
Gepstock 2014 was a HUGE success! A day full of stellar bands, loads of family friendly fun, many raffle prizes, good food and drinks, and great friends coming together to help the Gepharts. A friend of  mine recently referred to the way that we group ourselves together in today's society as somewhat tribal. I call it a village. Whatever you want to call it, looking around at Gepstock on Sunday it really hit me what a fantastic group of people came together to make Gepstock happen. This wasn't just Geppy's friends and family, not just coworkers, not just old friends or new friends. Not just current or ex- band mates.  Geppy's entire tribe got together to make this happen. What a phenomenal thing to witness. He has obviously touched a great many people in his life and we are all so lucky that he is still with us. My hope is that we have proved to D~ that it wasn't just words-that she has an entire village of people here that will literally pick her up if she falls. That Geppy really knows how happy we are that he is here, and staying positive, and healing every day. The highlights of the day (for me) were Geppy playing his bass on stage with Salsa Manzana, and watching Gep and D's daughter, Q-(Tip) dancing with her cousins. This event could not have gone as perfectly as it did without each and every person that participated. Offically, The Gepstock 2014 event itself raised $12,914.59!!!! That, plus what has been raised on this website(including satellite benefits,) plus donations collected from T-Shirts, puts us SO close to our goal of $30,000.00. A number we only dreamed we could achieve. If you have not already donated, now is the time! If you have, Thank you! 
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06/20/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
The weekend is upon us...the big day is almost here!

This coming Sunday June 22 is Gepstock 2014!

At Tanner's Bar & Grill in Kimberly, WI from noon until 10pm. Kids are free and a $5.00 cover at the door will grant attendees 10 hours of entertainment. From noon until 10pm., 4 unique musical acts will take the stage providing fun and excitement for all. 
The Musical acts are.
12:00 – 2:30 Appleton Rock School
3:00 – 5:00 Salsa Manzana
5:30 – 7:30 Copper Box
8:00 – 10:00 Cool Waters
With raffles and prizes throughout the day.

The proceeds of this benefit will go to help cover the incurred by the Gephart family after a near death auto accident On March 12, 2014.



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06/13/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart

Greetings to Geppy's youcaring supporters and followers! Gepstock is coming soon! June 22, 2014. Please come and show your support. Below is an update from D~, Geppy's wife. She is doing such an amazing job of keeping everything together for her family, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as well. Like Gep just reminded me a couple of weeks ago, this accident didn't just happen to him. It happened to his entire family. Pease share this website, and thank you for your support!
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"This week was a phenomenal week for Gep!  He has finally FINALLY FINAAALLLYYYY gotten approval to have his right leg hold weight again.  Physical therapy came Monday, and he stood up.  Not only that, he walked (with the help of a walker) and (!!!!) he went up and down the stairs.  

 Quinn was so excited to see him walking, she danced around him twirling and giggling.  It was a truly heartwarming moment, straight from a tearjerker movie.

Tuesday his pain kicked up pretty high. It'll be a balancing act between charging ahead, and monitoring the pain levels. 

 Thursday the 12th he has another surgery on his arm to remove the plates and pins before they wear against the bones.  We're all a little nervous about how his arm will feel after the procedure. 

 He's now switching to Outpatient Physcial therapy for the duration of the summer.  This means transportation of Gep to and from the hospital 2-3x a week.  More logistics for me. 

 I'm wrestling with the ever growing mountain of paperwork, insurance fun  and the continued lack of sleep as well as stress of holding down the fort.  Help is always appreciated, but when a teething baby is screaming at 3:20am, there's only one Momma to step in and soothe.


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06/11/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
Check out this great promo video for Gepstock 2014.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi1_DqNLZxo
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05/16/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart

Here is an update from D, Geppy's wife. Please continue to support and share this page. Thank you!
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Gep got his arm cast off yesterday, he has a splint on now, which is removable for showers and random itchiness.

He starts PT (2-3x a week for 6 weeks) next week to start being able to rebuild muscles and use it again.  Soon he should be able to pick up Lydia - 12 lbs of squirmy fun!

 Then in 3 weeks he starts PT for his leg (2-3x a week for 8 weeks), to help be weight bearing again.  YAAY!!!

 In 4 weeks he has another surgery on his wrist to remove the plates and pins.  This should NOT slow down his therapy, but it'll be another round of anesthesia, which messes with your head for months. 

When those bones in your hands heal the ones stacked on top start to 'compress' or shift down.  So one bone is shifting down to rub against the metal.  They're going to remove the metal to stop any wearing on the bone itself.  He will suffer from arthritis for the rest of his life, this is a given. 

As a musician he wasn't too happy to hear that his hand will hurt and probably effect his ability. 

(He IS excited to be an old codger in his rocking chair on the porch, able to tell the grandkids that 'weather's a'comin...')

 He asked the orthopedic surgeon when he'll be approved to return to work, the Dr guessed 12 weeks he can go back to part time, possibly 4 hours a day.  He should be able to drive and type and walk by that point.  This is from a physical aspect ONLY.

Mentally we don't know when he'll be ready to get behind the wheel of a car, much less drive down the same road to get to his office, or sit and work with customers again.

 Soon we'll be looking at a new car for him.  This puts quite a load of pressure on our budget.  We have enough to cover a few months right now, but if we need to buy a car and add car payments into the budget, that brings it down, significantly.

 In the meantime, life as usual here.

The New Normal as I call it.

 Your terminally exhausted friend

D.


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05/10/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
Please join us at Gepstock 2014! 

This event takes place on June 22nd, 2014 at Tanner's Bar & Grill in Kimberly, WI from noon until 10pm. Kids are free and a $5.00 cover at the door will grant attendees 10 hours of entertainment. From noon until 10pm., 4 unique musical acts will take the stage providing fun and exciteme
nt for all. 
The Musical acts are.
12:00 – 2:30 Appleton Rock School
3:00 – 5:00 Salsa Manzana
5:30 – 7:30 Copper Box
8:00 – 10:00 Cool Waters
With raffles and prizes throughout the day.

The proceeds of this benefit will go to help cover the incurred by the Gephart family after a near death auto accident On March 12, 2014.

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04/29/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
Here is an update from D-, Geppy's wife:

"Gep is continuing to improve every single day, his progress compared to one month ago, or even one week ago is fantastic.  I've learned to view it from that perspective instead of day to day.  every day brings new challenges, and every day we work together to try and find solutions.  some come easy, and some take a few tries.

 

We have 2x a week in home visits from occupational therapy and physical therapy.  Everyone who works with him is excited about how strong he is and how determined he is to move onto the next phase.  He is scheduled to get the arm cast off in about 3 weeks, and the walking leg cast off in about 6.  At that point PT will kick back up into high gear to help strengthen those muscles.

 

Multiple weekly doctor visits pull me away from the office, and also bring to light the difficulties of having 2 kids, carseats, a temporarily handicapped husband, and a small somewhat sporty car. 

 

As the kind and loving person we all know he is, Gep struggles with the reality of what this accident has done to our lives as well as the other families involved, especially those who lost their loved one. They are in his daily thoughts and it weighs heavy on his mind and heart. As much as we all try to ease his conscious a little bit, this is a path he has to walk alone."

Thanks to the donations that we receive on behalf of the Gephart family, some of Geppy's worries can be put at ease. Please consider donating if you haven't already, and please share this website with your friends and family. 

Thank you!

 


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04/18/2014
by Friends of Mike "Geppy" Gephart
What an excting day for Team Gephart! We are happy to report that, after more than a month in the hospital, Geppy is headed home! This is much earlier than expected! Gep has been working so hard on his therapies, knowing the sooner he reached certain milestones, the sooner he would be home to his girls. As some of you might understand, when you are looking to get out of the hospital, you have to prove that you can do certain things before you can be released. Gep met all of his requirements weeks ahead of schedule. He will be continuing his therapy at home and still has a lot of work to do, but as we all know it is much easier to heal in the comfort of your home, surrounded by the people who love you most. This wonderful news does not change the need that the Gephart family has. Gep is no where near ready to go back to work. Please donate what you can, and share this link with everybody that you know. THANK YOU to those who have already donated. The love and generosity that you are showing the Gepharts will not be forgotten.
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