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Former Tennis Standout Recovering From Brain Injury

mharvie.bmpMatt Harvie, a 1988 Belmont business graduate and former tennis standout, suffered a traumatic brain injury in early June when he fell backwards off a golf cart. Following several surgeries and a month in a coma, Matt was moved to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta to re-learn many basic skills that were impacted by his injuries (talking, walking, eating, etc.). Pictured at right with his parents, Matt was recently released to go home from the rehab facility but still faces another surgery and significant daily outpatient therapy.
A native of Ohio, Matt has lived in Atlanta for several years with his wife Kelly and their five children. Kelly Harvie is using a Web site, www.caringbridge.org/visit/mattharvie, to update family and friends on Matt’s progress. Her entry on Sept. 11, Matt’s first day at home with his family since the June 6 accident, noted, “My devotional verse today was Hebrews 6:15, ‘And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.’ I know we aren’t finished in this journey, but this is such a wonderful stop along the way! And I feel like the Lord has given us a precious gift!”
Matt is employed in regional sales for Gates Mectrol, a leading manufacturer of synchronous timing belts, timing pulleys and other polymer-based automation components. With the continued expense and logistics of outpatient therapy, a fund has been established to assist the family. Contributions can be sent to Grace Fellowship Church, 1400 Dogwood Road, Snellville, GA 30078 (770.979.7000). On the check memo, please write The Matt Harvie Fund.