DGF Donates $17,000 Wheelchair to Dolly Jackson at zMax Dragway, 9/18

September 18th, 2011

CHARLOTTE – The Darrel Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $17,000 custom power wheelchair to Dolly Jackson of Charlotte at the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at the zMax Dragway on Sunday, September 18. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

Dolly Jackson, an animal lover, sustained a spinal cord injury when she fell from a tree trying to rescue her cat. The accident resulted in paralysis. Jackson was unable to acquire the proper wheelchair she needed through her health insurance and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation stepped in to donate a $17,000 wheelchair giving Dolly the gift of mobility freedom and independence. The wheelchair donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program. For more information on the program or to help Give the Gift of Mobility please visit www.darellgwynnfoundation.org.

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 AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for paralysis. 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 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 an established Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature in 2006. With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR, Rolltisserie 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. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation

 

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