October 28, 2013

‘An amazing person’

Rocky Face resident seeks to help trainer, friend

Misty Watson

— Rabecca Miller gets up at 3:30 a.m. at least one Saturday each month to travel to near Birmingham, Ala., for a 7 a.m. women’s conditioning fitness class.

She drives that far for one reason — the trainer, Greg Hasberry.

“He touched my life in so many ways,” said Miller, a Rocky Face resident who is a personal trainer and participates in body building competitions. “I was a binge eater. He transformed me to help me overcome this very unhealthy eating condition.”

Though Hasberry’s business, Elite Fitness and Figure, is in Hoover, Ala., he trains people from the north Georgia and Chattanooga areas as well as from across the nation. He trains people in competitive fitness and does fitness training for the average person interested in being healthy.

Hasberry finished a training session last year and told his clients he felt like he had the flu. Later, in the hospital, he realized he had double kidney failure and would need a kidney transplant.

“About a year ago, I was preparing for a contest,” he said. “I hadn’t competed in six years and I was training to compete again. All of a sudden, I couldn’t move.”

He’s been on dialysis for about a year, and the medical costs continue to climb.

“It was a huge, huge shock to us when we found out this was happening to him,” Miller said. “He’s all about eating healthy, supplements and exercise. He’s a parent to a 14-year-old daughter (Brittney), and he gives back to any community he goes to. He doesn’t just confine himself to Birmingham.”

“He’s an amazing person,” she said. “We need someone to donate a kidney ... I’ve felt this calling to reach out to every person I can to get the word out.”

Hasberry says he is humbled at how his clients have reached out to their local communities to help him.

“There is no way I would continue to be who I am right now if it wasn’t for my clients, friends and competitors who continue to reach out to me every day,” he said. “They’re why my attitude is so positive to keep going.”

Donations are being accepted to help cover the medical costs. They can be sent via PayPal to heartsforhasberry@gmail.com or checks can be mailed to the Greg Hasberry Fund, 601 Lake Heather Reserve, Birmingham, AL 35242.

To see if you qualify to donate a kidney or for more information, visit www.facebook.com/FindAKidneyForGregHasberry.