NAHS Foundation community, many of you may remember Coach Daryl Aftel, longtime Northside and North Atlanta athletics coach and a “man for all seasons.” He mentored many of us along the way, in the gruff way that those who know him surely remember. The letter below came to us from Class of ’92 Warrior Jenny Stone, whose brother suffered from a disability made just a little bit easier by Coach Aftel’s mentorship. If you can help Coach Aftel, be sure to use the link below to make donations directly.
“Hi there and Happy New Year to you! I am sending messages to everyone I can think of that has a connection to Northside, North Fulton and North Atlanta that may be able to help Coach Darryl Aftel.
The situation is that Darryl is in a bit of a dire situation with regards to his health- he was diagnosed with kidney disease and may need to be added to the transplant list. As a result of his failing health, he is having to leave (essentially abandon) his condo and move into an apartment in Virginia near his sister. In order to meet his immediate needs, I am hoping we can come together to make individual donation gifts to help him with the cost of the move, deposits and rent on an apartment, and the like. The moving expenses alone are around $1,600 and then the deposits and first month’s rent are an additional $2,000, I believe. He, then, needs to come up with additional funds to cover his insurance deductible of $4k.
This is close to the “worst case scenario” for him; no family here that can swoop in to help him and because of high medical bills, very very limited financial resources.
If you are able to help him with a donation, and can get money, a fuel card, a grocery card, etc. to him before the moving truck comes (which is on the 21st) you can send it to him directly at:
1814 Ashborough Road
Marietta, GA 30067
(*After the moving truck comes on the 21st, I will get an updated mailing address for him in Virginia.)
Additionally, a donation site has been created:
I feel just so sad for the state he’s in. As you know, Aftel was a HUGE part of my brother’s life and was one of the few sources of constant joy for Hank. I wish I could just write a check to him for a million bucks. But, until that day, I will try to reach out to all the resources I can.
I will keep you posted on additional fund raising efforts we work on in the upcoming months. Thank you so very much for all you can do to assist.
Class of 1992″