Darrell Gwynn Foundation Donates $40,000 Custom Standing Power Wheelchair to Isabella Valle at Coke Zero 400, July 5

July 7th, 2014

Isabella Valle

Daytona, FL. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a custom standing power wheelchair to 18 year-old Isabella Valle of Orlando, FL at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5. Isabella was born with Cerebral Palsy and needs a custom power standing wheelchair to maintain her health and well-being while giving her the independence and mobility she deserves. The donation by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will allow Isabella to live a much more active life, be engaged with the community, participate in sports, help with household chores and personal care needs, and volunteer at the library. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

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 facing medical and financial hardships. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado and Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. 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. 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. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a demonstration of its commitment to transparency. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation or follow @gwynnfoundation.

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