Darrell Gwynn Foundation Donates $28,000 Wheelchair to 20 year-old Austin Praught of Bradenton, Fla. at Tire Kingdom Gatornationals, March 11

March 13th, 2012

Darrell Gwynn Foundation holds Track Walk for Those Who Can’t

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $28,000 power wheelchair to Austin Praught of Bradenton, Fla. during pre-race ceremonies at the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals at the Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville on Sunday, March 11. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

Praught was in a car accident on New Year’s Eve and was thrown from the passenger seat and sustained a spinal cord injury. A college student at Florida State University whom supported himself, he did not have the resources or health insurance coverage needed to obtain the power wheelchair he needed. The new wheelchair donated by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will give Austin the gift of mobility, freedom and independence and allow him to go back to school at FSU where he hopes to become a college professor teaching calculus someday. Austin was referred to DGF by Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Fla.

Prior to the wheelchair donation, Darrell Gwynn, Austin Praught, over 300 NHRA Fans and star drivers of the NHRA including John Force, Antron Brown, Jeff Arend, Johnny Gray, Doug Kalitta, Terry McMillen and more participated in a “Track Walk for Those Who Can’t” designed to build awareness of spinal cord injuries and raise funds to support the foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program, which donates custom power wheelchairs to individuals facing medical and financial hardships.

Give the Gift of Mobility: https://darrellgwynnfoundation.org/the-gift-of-mobility.php

About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports two Speediatrics Units the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for and established a National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida. The foundation also lobbied and established With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries and living with paralysis. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation.


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