A Noblesville dad on a mission to help others


Indianapolis — Geovani Galvez’s story is one of hope.

“I think it was probably something I could have passed on, but the fact that it didn’t is something I need to share,” Galvez said.

It’s been a year since Chapter 2 started. Last July, his ER financial counselor at Methodist Hospital attempted suicide. At the time, his young son was facing a recurrence of cancer.

“There were times when I wondered why I was alive, but then there was a greater purpose,” Galvez said. dating back to march.

That’s when Levi’s 6-year-old Chapter 2 kicks off, and first introduces the father-son duo. His father, who once tried to take his own life, saved his son through a stem cell transplant months later.

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“Thank you to everyone who fought for my life and never gave up on me,” Galvez said.

Today, Galvez continues to work in the Methodist ER. Levi is home, in remission and doing well. Last week he celebrated his 7th birthday.

“He doesn’t go anywhere, but he would rather be bored at home than in the hospital,” Galvez said. He added that the two still love building Lego together.

Galvez makes it his mission to give hope to others during his time off at the hospital.

“What Geo can do is what you want for all trauma patients, right?” said IU Health Methodist Hospital Trauma Chaplain Thomas McDorr.

Noblesville’s dad volunteers at a Level 1 trauma center through the Trauma Survivor’s Network. His colleague and friend Chaplain McDall is spearheading this initiative.

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“Injuries and traumatic experiences don’t have to define who you are,” McDoor said.

Galvez is one of four peer support volunteers. It is his job to connect with his fellow trauma survivors while they are hospitalized.

“You’re just in that moment wondering how things could get better. What’s going to happen now? There are so many unknowns you don’t know. I used to be that patient. ‘ said Galvez.

Advocating for resources, help, and support is the focus of Chapter 2 of Galvez. He hopes to continue writing with other survivors.

“It’s a great experience because I’m not only confident in what they’re going through, but also in what I’ve faced,” Galvez said.

There are also resources after the patient is discharged from the hospital. The Trauma Survivor’s Network Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The virtual meeting he will start at 6:00. click here you can know more.

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