Darrell Gwynn Foundation at Charlotte NASCAR event
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Darrell Gwynn Foundation
954-792-7223 Ext. 102
CHARLOTTE RESIDENT TO RECEIVE
CUSTOM QUICKIE WHEELCHAIR AND NASCAR OUTING
initiative brings education, support to spinal paralysis patients in key NASCAR
DAVIE, Fla., (October 11, 2004) The Darrell Gwynn
Foundation (DGF) and its program partners GM Racing, the racing division of General Motors Corp., Quickie® Wheelchairs, Lowe's Motor Speedway and
Speedway Children's Charities will
combine to provide educational information and a special lifestyle program at
the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation.
In addition, Colin Madhavaiya of Charlotte will receive a
custom-built Quickie® brand Quickie GT wheelchair on behalf of the Gwynn
foundation and its partners. Mr. Madhavaiya, 20, is paralyzed as a result of a
C5 Incomplete spinal cord injury suffered in a diving
accident in July 2004. He previously received inpatient therapy treatment
at the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation.
On Friday, October 15, DGF founder Darrell Gwynn and
Quickie Ambassador Chris Ridgway will provide an educational and motivational
address to the hospital's staff, patients and family members. Mr. Madhavaiya
and family members will also attend the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on behalf of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
as guests of GM Racing and the Speedway. The race is slated for Saturday, Oct.
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 Colin with this Quickie wheelchair, which we
know will be life-improving.
In September, the Gwynn Foundation teamed with GM Racing
and Quickie Wheelchairs to present a special pediatric wheelchair to Alexandra
Hayes, 2, in conjunction with the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond, Va. In
addition to the Richmond and Charlotte events, 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. Another wheelchair presentation will be conducted in
conjunction with the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event (Oct. 31,
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. For more information about the company, visit their website at
Building on the basic philosophy of keeping spectator and
competitor comfort a high priority, Lowe's Motor Speedway continues to be a
leading promoter and marketer of motorsports activities in the United States.
Three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events, two NASCAR Busch Series races, an
Automobile Racing Club of America event, an American Speed Association race and
a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event are among the major events held each year
on the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
Speedway Children's Charities (SCC)
aids children in need of medical, educational or social services by supporting
non-profit charities that provide those services effectively. By funding
organizations that directly help children in their communities and throughout
the country - they truly represent the diversity of children's needs. For more
information about SCC please visit speedwaycharities.org or call 704-455-4396.
Located in Charlotte, NC, and founded in 1950, Charlotte Institute of
Rehabilitation (CIR) is one of the largest and most comprehensive freestanding
facilities of its kind in the Southeast.
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