FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Darrell Gwynn Foundation
954-792-7223 Ext. 102
VIRGINIA GIRL TO RECEIVE CUSTOM QUICKIE WHEELCHAIR
AND RICHMOND NASCAR OUTING
initiative brings education, support to spinal paralysis patients in key NASCAR
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 Quickies 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
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
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
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,
neurological disorders and associated behavioral disorders.
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