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10-11-04

Darrell Gwynn Foundation at Charlotte NASCAR event

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Darrell Gwynn Foundation

954-792-7223 Ext. 102

www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org

 

 

CHARLOTTE RESIDENT TO RECEIVE

CUSTOM QUICKIE WHEELCHAIR AND NASCAR OUTING

 

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

 

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. 16. 

 

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, 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. For more information about the company, visit their website at www.sunrisemedical.com.

 

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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