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09 30 08

 

DISABLED 15-YEAR-OLD LAS VEGAS BOY TO RECEIVE MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR BEFORE A CROWD OF CHEERING AUTO FANS

 

           LAS VEGAS – (Sept. 30, 2008) – A low-end, manual wheelchair often prevents the 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy from getting to class on time and keeping up with neighborhood friends.  

            Now, thanks to a Florida-based nonprofit that donates custom wheelchairs to children and young adults, Las Vegas resident Mason Partee soon will receive a new motorized wheelchair worth $10,000 so he can move about more easily and comfortably.

            The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will present the top-of-the-line wheelchair to Mason on Oct. 16 during the inaugural Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Mason, who can’t walk, will get the wheelchair around 6 p.m., just before the Foundation auctions off a prized car designed by DUB Magazine for celebrities.  The auction proceeds will help pay for other wheelchair donations.

Mason Partee

“Mason has a debilitating disorder. He needs a customized wheelchair to boost his esteem and give him independence,” said Darrell Gwynn, the Foundation’s president who is paralyzed from a 1990 racing accident. “Our goal is to make his life and his family’s life a bit easier. 

Delivery and custom-fitting of the wheelchair will occur at 11 a.m. on Oct. 16 in Mason’s Las Vegas home, 3911 Rive-Gauch Street. Hours later, Gwynn will formally present the wheelchair to Mason before the auction’s auto fans.

 Mason was born with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that makes the lower portion of the body, mostly the legs and pelvis area, inflexible and stiff with perpetually contracted muscles. The disorder limits Mason’s ability to stand for only a few moments, just enough time to get into a bathtub, bed or another chair.

The ninth-grader at Mojave High School spends his free time doing school work, listening to music, playing video games, and watching classic horror movies, but his mother, Danette, knows he is capable of more.

“He’s older now and wants to be with his friends. He wants his freedom to go places on his own,” said Danette, who is on a fixed-income and has not been able to afford a motorized wheelchair for Mason.

Of all the benefits the new wheelchair from the Foundation may provide, Danette hopes it will enable Mason to get to class faster without feeling exhausted.

“This is the best thing to happen to us,” she said.

Mason was referred to the Foundation by the Nevada Community Enrichment Program, one of the state’s most comprehensive traumatic brain injury rehabilitation centers. The facility assists people in maintaining an independent lifestyle.

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. To date, the agency has donated more than 50 custom wheelchairs across the country. 

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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.