Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Paralyzed Assistance Fund Makes Donation to Speediatrics Unit

March 1st, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Last week in Daytona Beach, Fla. the Darrell Gwynn Foundation hosted its annual Spectracide Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers. The event is a fundraiser which supports the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program and its Paralyzed Assistance Fund. The fundraiser directly contributed to both programs that very day. First, a wheelchair donation was made to 11 year-old Kyle Darroch. Kyle, an Orlando Magic fan, received a Magic-themed power wheelchair and his excitement and charisma stole the show at the event.

Later that day, shortly after the boats returned to the dock, the rods were put away and the thankful fish were returned to Lake Lloyd after the weigh-in, Darrell Gwynn and his staff made a special visit to the Speediatrics Unit at the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center at Halifax Hospital. As part of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Paralyzed Assistance Fund, each year the Darrell Gwynn Foundation makes a donation to the Speediatrics Unit.

Speediatrics is a special racing themed pediatric center equipped with top-flight equipment and staff at Halifax Hosptial. The racing related theme has proven to make treatment more acceptable, comfortable and effective for children and their families in what ordinarily might an intimidating medical environment. The unit’s waiting room, hallway walls, nurse’s station, patient rooms and playroom are decorated with a motorsports theme that includes race cars, checkered flags, and cartoon characters named “Curves,” “Traxx,” “Six-Speed,” and ‘Clutch.”

During their visit, Darrell and his staff presented a check to Speediatrics for $16,500 and visited with the children in the unit signing autographs, taking pictures and talking to the children in an effort to lift their spirits. The visit was enjoyed by all but especially the Darrell Gwynn Foundation staff whose mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for Paralysis.

For more information on the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Paralyzed Assistance Fund please click here http://bit.ly/fai52e