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