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Darrell Gwynn Foundation

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Joint initiative brings education, support to spinal cord injured patients in key NASCAR race markets




DAVIE, Fla., (August 28, 2004) The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) has announced that GM Racing, the racing division of General Motors Corp., will team with DGF in special educational and Quality of Life grant work assisting Americans afflicted by paralysis from spinal cord injuries.


GM Racing will join DGF and its longtime partner Quickie Wheelchairs in outreach programs held in markets coinciding with three 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.  The events include the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (Sept. 11, Richmond, VA); UAW-GM Quality 500 (Oct. 16, Charlotte, NC) and the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (Oct. 31, Atlanta, GA).


The program includes in-service education at leading area hospitals and rehab facilities and the provision of a custom, high-end Quickie brand power wheelchair to a recipient.  Wheelchair recipients are chosen on the basis of formal criteria including such factors as medical condition and financial need.  Each wheelchair recipient and immediate family members will attend an upcoming NASCAR event as the guests of GM Racing and the respective host race tracks.  While there, they will receive a garage tour and have a chance to meet some of Chevrolet's NASCAR drivers and team members courtesy of GM Racing.  At some tracks, the wheelchair recipient and guests will be acknowledged as part of the event's formal pre-race ceremonies. 


It's exciting and gratifying to have GM Racing and Quickie Wheelchairs as return partners in 2004, said DGF founder and President Darrell Gwynn. For the fourth consecutive year, we've been able to effectively collaborate on this important effort and really make a difference in the lives of these patients.

The DGF is a Certified non-profit 501c3 Agency. DGF exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research. DGF is also dedicated to injury prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children.  The Foundation helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special services. Additional information about DGF is available at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters is at the GM
Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM and its products can be found on the company's consumer website at www.gm.com.

Quickie Wheelchairs is division of Longmont, CO-based Sunrise Medical.  Enthusiasm for new ideas has always been part of the company's success. More than 20 years ago, Quickie created the original lightweight manual wheelchair. Today Quickie offers the most innovative products in the marketplace with power, manual, pediatric and sport wheelchairs.


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