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04-20-06

RICH AND GARCIA ANNOUNCE PARALYSIS PREVENTION & AWARENESS WEEK

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        Senator Nan H. Rich               Representative Rene Garcia

              District 34                                 District 110

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 

CONTACT:    JULIE FISHMAN                                  850-487-5103

                                                                                       

 April 19, 2006

RICH AND GARCIA ANNOUNCE PARALYSIS PREVENTION & AWARENESS WEEK

 

TALLAHASSEE - State Senator Nan Rich (D-Weston) and Representative Rene Garcia (R-Miami) on Tuesday announced that November 13th through 19th will be Paralysis Prevention & Awareness Week.

At a press conference in the Capitol, Senator Rich and Representative Garcia were joined by Darrell Gwynn, a former professional race car driver who was left paralyzed in 1990 after a racing accident. Mr. Gwynn and his wife Lisa started the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to help raise funds to support spinal cord injury research, quality of life programs, and educating the public on injury prevention and awareness.  

A week of events is planned in November culminating with a large, public event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, done in conjunction with the NASCAR Foundation and the Victory Junction Gang. During the week, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will also be partnering with the Department of Health to produce and distribute Public Service Announcements about spinal cord injury prevention with survivors of such injuries visiting Florida schools to discuss paralysis education.

"It is important for people to know that many spinal cord injuries are preventable. Something as common as a child wearing their backpack in the car can cause an injury if an accident should happen," said Representative Garcia

Some of the other events that will take place during Paralysis Prevent & Awareness Week include distribution of information on paralysis prevention to Florida high school students and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament.

"I encourage all Floridians to learn how they can prevent spinal cord injuries," Senator Rich said. "As with every step in life we take, education makes all the difference."

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