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Darrell Gwynn Foundation at Richmond NASCAR event

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Darrell Gwynn Foundation

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


DAVIE, Fla., (September 8, 2004) The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) and its program partners GM Racing, the racing division of General Motors Corp., Quickie® Wheelchairs and Richmond International Raceway will combine to provide educational information and a special lifestyle program at Children's Hospital of Richmond.

In addition, Alexandra Hayes, 2, of Glen Allen, VA, will receive a custom-built Quickie® brand Zippie® model pediatric wheelchair on behalf of the Gwynn foundation and its partners.  Ms. Hayes has received treatment at Children's Hospital of Richmond. 

On Friday, Sept. 10, DGF founder Darrell Gwynn and Quickie Ambassador Skip Wilkins will provide an educational and motivational address to the hospital's staff, patients and family members.  Ms. Hayes and family members will also attend the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on behalf of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation as guests of GM Racing and Richmond International Raceway.  The race is slated for Saturday, Sept. 11.  Joined by representatives of Children's Hospital and Quickie Wheelchairs, the Hayes family will receive VIP treatment, including participating in a wheelchair presentation during pre-race activities.

Darrell and Quickie’s Skip Wilkins present recipient

Alexandra Hayes and family with her new wheelchair.


Having spent much of my adult life as a quadriplegic resulting from a spinal cord injury, I know firsthand the critical difference made by a proper wheelchair, said DGF founder and President Darrell Gwynn. We are therefore delighted to present Alexandra with this Quickie wheelchair, which we know will be life-improving.

In addition to the Richmond event, GM Racing will join the Gwynn foundation and its longtime partner the Quickie® Wheelchairs brand of Sunrise Medical in outreach programs held in markets coinciding with other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.  Other wheelchair presentations will be conducted in conjunction with the UAW-GM Quality 500 (Oct. 16, Charlotte, NC) and the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (Oct. 31, Atlanta, GA).

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (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 found 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 a division 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.  Sunrise Medical is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of medical products and assistive technology devices that address the recovery, rehabilitation and respiratory needs of patients in institutional and homecare settings. Sunrise products are
manufactured in the United States, Mexico, and Europe and are distributed in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information about the company, visit their website at www.sunrisemedical.com.

Richmond International Raceway has one of the most storied histories in all of racing. NASCAR was founded in 1948 but racing at the facility started October 12, 1946 when Ted Horn drove an open wheel Champ Car to victory on a dirt circuit.  Today, Richmond International Raceway is one of the most popular stops for all of the series that visit. The track's configuration coupled with night time racing makes Richmond International Raceway one of the best places to race and to see a race.

Located in Richmond, Virginia, Children's Hospital is a private, nonprofit hospital that serves children from birth through the age of 21. As a specialty pediatric facility, Children's Hospital's services center on the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions including developmental disabilities, feeding disorders, chronic illness, recent injuries, orthopaedic problems, neurological disorders and associated behavioral disorders.

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