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Phillip Kallam, a lifelong South Hill resident, was involved in a devastating auto accident on Dec. 30. The young father survived the accident but suffered a traumatic brain injury and is currently in rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The Kallams gathered for family photos a few months before the accident. From left, Phillip, Nikki, Austin and (in front) Gabby. / March 10, 2021
Phillip Kallam, a South Hill resident and father of two girls, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in an auto accident on Dec. 30. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga.

His wife Nikki has been his constant companion through the entire ordeal and has necessarily been separated from her children and family. Their expenses beyond what insurance will cover and are astronomical.

In response, Southside cornhole enthusiasts are appealing to the public for donations to defray a portion of the financial burden this young family is accruing.

To this end, a benefit cornhole tournament will be held Sunday, March 14 at “Gary’s Place” on 755 Matthew’s Chapel Road, Lawrenceville. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bags will fly at noon. The first tournament will consist of a $25 entry blind draw with 70 percent paid out as prize money. Subsequent tournaments will be $10 blind draws with 80 percent payouts.

All proceeds will benefit the Kallam family. Come out and have some fun and support a very worthy cause.

The Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital in Atlanta. Founded in 1975, the 152-bed hospital focuses on the medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other neuromuscular problems.

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