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DISABLED TENNESSEE CHILD TO RECEIVE NEW WHEELCHAIR BEFORE CROWD OF CHEERING

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           CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – (August 14, 2008) – An adopted 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy soon will have the ability to move about more easily and comfortably, courtesy of a donated top-of-the-line wheelchair from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, a Florida-based nonprofit. 

Dante Harless will receive a new $12,000 wheelchair right before one of NASCAR’s premier races on Aug. 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway from the Foundation, which provides customized wheelchairs to children and young adults. Tens of thousands of racing fans will be on hand as the smiley little boy who loves NASCAR is presented with the customized wheelchair. Chevy Racing will provide Dante and his family with a VIP day pass for the evening, which includes prime tickets for the race.    

“Dante has limited mobility due to cerebral palsy. He cannot stand unassisted. This powerful wheelchair will boost Dante’s self-esteem and independence,” said Darrell Gwynn, the Foundation’s president who is paralyzed from a 1990 racing accident. 

            The formal wheelchair presentation will take place prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sharpie 500 race (approximately 7 p.m.) on the track’s start/finish line. An informal wheelchair fitting will occur at Dante’s home at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21.

            Dante is the fourth child adopted by Penny and Ronald Harless of Church Hill in northeast Tennessee, about 30 minutes from Bristol. He and his twin brother were born premature in 2001 to a family in South Carolina that could not care for them. The Harlesses learned about the boys on the Internet and added them to their three natural and two other adopted children, who include a visually impaired girl. Over the years, they also have cared for close to 15 foster children who lived with them until they could return to their families.

            Dante, who attends second grade, relishes playing with his siblings and friends, but his standard wheelchair prevents him from keeping up, said Penny, his mother.  

            “It’s so sad to watch him sit in his chair while the other kids run and play. Now he’ll get a motorized chair and he can be with them,” said Penny, a homemaker whose husband works as a manual writer for Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn.

            Gwynn thanks General Motors for giving Dante and his family a chance to see a major race up close and Bristol Motor Speedway for allowing the presentation on the race track. He also credits North American Rescue for providing the wheelchair to Dante.

“We are proud to collaborate with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in their efforts to help people overcome the challenges faced by those afflicted with spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses,” said Robert Castellani, founder and chief executive officer of North American Rescue. “The North American Rescue Foundation is grateful to be a part of improving the quality of life for someone in need.”

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a Davie, Fla.-based nonprofit agency formed in 2002 to provide wheelchairs to children and young adults and advocate for people with spinal cord injuries. The Foundation was founded by former National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) star Darrell Gwynn to prevent, provide and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illness.  

For more information on the Foundation and the programs it supports, visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or call 954-792-7223. 

Dante Harless

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About Darrell Gwynn Foundation

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is a certified non-profit 501(c)3 agency. The Foundation exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite cures, DGF assists in the funding of targeted research. The Foundation also is dedicated to injury prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children. The organization helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing equipment or special services. DGF is an official charity of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and has a close affiliation with NASCAR and the NASCAR Foundation. Additional information about DGF can be found at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.

 

About General Motors, Corp.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) has been a global industry sales leader for more than seven decades. Founded in 1908, GM today employs close to 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM has manufactured its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the brands Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, and Vauxhall. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

 

About Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol Motor Speedway is a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, LLC. Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The company owns and operates the following premiere speedways: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cares through its 600 Racing subsidiary. The company also owns Performance Racing Network (PRN), which broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to more than 725 radio stations nationwide, including Sirius Satellite and NASCAR.com. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.gospeedway.com.

 

About North American Rescue Inc.

North American Rescue Inc. is a premier developer and manufacturer of innovative medical and rescue solutions aimed at decreasing the preventable causes of death in tactical settings. The company’s goal is to equip the individual operator, tactical healthcare professional, and pre-hospital care provider with the critical tools necessary to effectively save lives in challenging operational environments. More information on North American Rescue Inc. can be found at www.narescue.com.