DGF Press Release
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Darrell Gwynn Foundation
954-792-7223 Ext. 102
GM RACING JOINS DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION AND
QUICKIE WHEELCHAIRS IN FIGHT AGAINST PARALYSIS
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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