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Special Event

Special Event





Englewood, CO -- On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Craig Hospital will host its 14th Annual Motor Sports Day, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the vicinity of Girard and S. Clarkson Streets in Englewood.  Members of the media are invited to attend all Motorsports Day activities.  Patients, families and staff will be available for filming and interviews.   Motor Sports Day has become the "must see" car show in Denver.


The purpose of this annual event is to provide current and former Craig patients with an opportunity to view world-class automobiles, vehicles modified for drivers with disabilities, and to meet celebrity guests. Admission is free; there will be music, tours of Craig, and the $6 outdoor BBQ lunch is between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.


Sunrise Medical, the manufacturer of Quickie wheelchairs, and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will present a power wheelchair to former Craig Patient Erica Hoffman of Keenesburg, CO at the event at 10:00 am. (More information about Erica Hoffman below).  Darrell Gwynn is one of the greatest drag racers of all time, and is an inductee in The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. 


"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 Gwynn, the founder and president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF).


His father Jerry, wife Lisa, and daughter Katie are flying in for this event from their home in Florida. This is the sixth year that a wheelchair has been donated to a Craig Hospital patient.


Other Activities Scheduled for Motorsports Day Include:


  • Nearly 200 collector vehicles will be on display at Craig Hospital, including street rods, antiques, racecars, muscle cars, restorations, and vehicles with hand-controls.


  • General Motors Corporation will be on hand with its Pontiac MotorSports Performance trailer  and four vehicles on display including  NHRA pro stock car, Rolex Daytona Prototype, Rolex GTO-R, and Drift Solstice vehicles. 


  • Darrell Gwynn and Sunrise Medical Ambassador Jeff Eben will deliver a motivational presentation to patients, staff and families at 2:00 pm in the Craig gymnasium.



In addition, on Friday, July 14th, there will be a ceremony at Bandimere Speedway during the 26th Annual MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Erica Hoffman and her family will be recognized in front of 23,000 racing fans at 5:00 pm.




Erica Hoffman- 2006 Sunrise Medical Wheelchair Recipient


Erica Hoffman is the recipient of a Quickie Wheelchair manufactured by Sunrise Medical. The wheelchair has been provided at no cost to Erica as part of a collaborative effort between Sunrise Medical and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. This is the 6th year a wheelchair has been provided to a Craig Hospital patient.


Erica is 18 years old from Keenesburg, Colorado and graduated from Weld Central High School in May 2006.  In High School she was captain of the cheerleading squad. 


Erica was injured on March 14th, 2006 in an automobile accident which resulted in a spinal cord injury, and at this time she is a quadriplegic. She was discharged from Craig Hospital on June 21st, 2006. Erica plans to pursue college after she returns home and is interested in a degree in a therapy related field.


Erica has a large network of friends who have been very supportive since her injury; particularly her best friend Shannon Cvancara.  Shannon was in the vehicle with Erica during the accident, and has been a big support for Erika during her rehabilitation program.


Erica's Mom and Dad are Gary and Sandra Hoffman and her sister is Ashley. Erica also has many family members in the Lakewood, Colorado area who have also supported her since her injury.


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The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. The foundation works to help improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special services.  To expedite specific cures, the foundation assists in the funding of targeted research.  It is also dedicated to injury prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children.  Visit the DGF online at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.


Craig Hospital in Denver is world-renowned for the treatment and research for persons with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.  Craig has been ranked in the Top Ten Rehabilitation Hospitals for 18 consecutive years by US News and World Report. www.craighospital.org

/Darrell Gwynn Foundation Media Contacts:  Caren Berg or Sue Siebert, 954-370-8999, or cberg@boardroompr.com or ssiebert@boardroompr.com.


/Craig Hospital Media Contacts:   Kenny Hosack, Administration, 303-789-8490, or khosack@craighospital.org