Darrell Gwynn Foundation

WHEELCHAIR DONATION PROGRAM RECIPIENTS SINCE 2011



Name: Jose Caray
Age: 12
Residence: Florida City, Fla.

Jose Caray Story: Jose is diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. His old power wheelchair was 15 years-old and runs on a bicycle chain and is broken forcing his family to push him everywhere. Jose was unable to go to school because he does not have the proper wheelchair he needs.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $20,000 power wheelchair to Jose Caray of Florida City, Fla. at the Ford Ecoboost 400 Championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 17. During his presentation at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Jose had a chance to meet NASCAR stars Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Joe Nemecheck, Clint Bowyer, Leonard Woods, Trevor Bayne, Carl Edwards and Disney Channel superstar actress Zendaya Coleman who all spent time with Jose at the racetrack. The wheelchair donation by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will give Jose the gifts of mobility, independence and freedom he deserves and allow him to return to school to continue his education.

 

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Name: Hildebran Companioni
Age: 18
Residence: Miami, Fla.

Hildebran Companioni Story: Hildebran was very much in need of a custom power wheelchair to increase his independence and mobility. Hildebran was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy as a young child. He currently uses an ill-fitting manual transport wheelchair that his mother purchased for him. The wheelchair does not provide Hildebran with proper support and does not appropriately fit his back as he suffers from severe scoliosis. He has also fallen out of his current wheelchair several times. He spent most of his days in a make-shift hospital chair unable to move around the house or get comfortable

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $19,000 Miami Dolphins themed wheelchair to 18 year-old Hildebran Companioni of Miami, Fla. prior to the Miami Dolphins game vs. the San Diego Chargers at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, November 17. “Thank you so much for this gift,” said Hildebran as he met with a DGF representative. “It means everything….” The Miami Dolphins donated pre-game field passes and tickets to the game for Hildebran and his family. It was his first Dolphins game and was a memorable way to celebrate his personal “Independence Day”. The donation by DGF will give him the independence he deserves.

 

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Name: Gerard Materiale
Age: 23
Residence: Tamarac, Fla.

Gerard Materiale Story: Gerard sustained a complete spinal cord injury when he was run over by a truck. His previous wheelchair provided to him by Medicaid was not sufficient and he was not able to propel himself. A very personal and friendly person, Gerard desperately needed a proper wheelchair so that he could continue on with his life and pursue happiness.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $27,000 Danica Patrick NASCAR themed custom power wheelchair to 23 year-old Gerard Materiale of Tamarac, Fla. at its annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 16. This gift of mobility will give Gerard the independence he deserves. NASCAR Star Danica Patrick made time to meet Gerard at the Homestead-Miami Speedway holding a private meet-n-greet session for one of her biggest fans. Danica autographed the wheelchair and spent time with Gerard and his family making it a memorable day.

 

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Name: Brian Trinka
Age: 34
Residence: Chipley, Fla.

Brian Trinka Story: Brian sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 1999. He currently resides in a nursing home because his family cannot care for him. His old wheelchair provided by Medicare is 10 years old was no longer suitable for Brian, limiting his mobility and mandating that he stay in a nursing home

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $27,000 custom power wheelchair to 37 year-old Brian Trinka of Chipley, Fla.  The wheelchair donation was made as part of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week campaign in the State of Florida. The presentation took place at the Washington County Rehabilitation Center. The donation will give him the gifts of mobility, freedom and independence that he deserves.

 

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Name: Jerome Drummond
Age: 21
Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.

Geno Laviola Story: Jerome is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and is unable to propel his current manual wheelchair. His health insurance denied his claim for a new power wheelchair. A determined individual, the gift of mobility will give Jerome the opportunity to better engage with his community and pursue his dream of getting a job, something not possible previously without the proper wheelchair. Jerome was referred to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by St. Christopher Children’s Hospital.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation:The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of Pitch Energy and supporters Johnny & Terry Gray and Terry Chandler, donated a $27,000 custom power wheelchair to 21 year-old Jerome Drummond of Philadelphia, Pa. at the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. on Sunday, October 6. The donation took place in a special ceremony during pre-race activities. The wheelchair donation is being made to honor the Gray family’s father, the late John R. Gray.

 

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Name: Geno Laviola
Age: 9
Residence: Sunrise, Fla.

Geno Laviola Story: Geno is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He was unable to obtain the proper power wheelchair that he needed through his health insurance and was denied by Medicaid. His loving grandparents care for Geno and his quality of life is tremendous. But he lacked the proper wheelchair he needed to maximize his potential, better adapt at school and share his gifts with everyone around him.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, presented a brand new $20,000 custom power wheelchair to 9 year-old Geno Laviola of Sunrise, Fla. He was presented his new power wheelchair after an emotional video portraying the struggles the Laviola family has gone through trying to acquire a power wheelchair for Geno and the daily struggles they face raising a child without the proper medical equipment he needs. Geno, whose irresistible charm touched everyone in attendance, thanked everyone in attendance for giving him the gift of mobility with his smile and excitement.

 

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Name: Kyson Brannon
Age:9
Residence: Euless, Texas

Kyson Brannon Story: Kyson is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was unable to propel his current manual wheelchair. Medicaid denied his claim for a new power wheelchair. An adorable young man from a wonderful family, Kyson’s quality of life was suffering because he lacked the proper power wheelchair he deserved.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of Pitch Energy and supporters Johnny & Terry Gray and Terry Chandler, donated a $20,000 custom power wheelchair to 9 year-old Kyson Brannon of Euless, Texas at the NHRA AAA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday, September 22. A loving and outgoing child who loves computers and outdoors, the new power wheelchair will give Kyson the gift of mobility he deserves and allow him to remain in school, better interact with his classmates and develop his communication skills. The wheelchair donation was made to honor the Gray family’s father, the late John R. Gray. Kyson received a Dallas Mavericks themed wheelchair after his favorite team.

 

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Name: Jermel Lewis
Age: 8
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada

Jermel Lewis Story: Jermel is in need of a custom power wheelchair to make him more independent. He has been diagnosed with phocomelia, the absence of all four limbs, and is unable to propel a manual wheelchair. He is dependent on an adult caretaker for all activities of daily living and interactions. Additionally, Jermel’s current power wheelchair is becoming too small, runs slow and has many broken pieces. Jermel scoots and rolls on the floor to get from place to place without his wheelchair. His therapist is requesting a wheelchair that lowers him to the floor to make transfers easier and safer. Medicaid will not approve this type of wheelchair and considers it to be a convenience item.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: Darrell & Lisa Gwynn flew to Las Vegas personally to deliver Jermel his brand new $39,000 custom power wheelchair. The presentation was originally slated to take place at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auto Auction. Even though the foundation was not able to participate in the auction, it kept its commitment to donate the wheelchair to Jermel without being able to raise the funds necessary. Jermel was the focus of a feature by KLAS-CBS (Las Vegas) telling his story of courage and the gift of mobility provided by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

 

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Name: Jose Garay
Age:13
Residence: Florida City, Fla.

Jose Garay Story: Jose was very much in need of a custom power wheelchair in order to maintain and increase his independence. Jose, who has been diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, is dependent on a power wheelchair for mobility. However, his current power chair is broken and he must be pushed everywhere by his family. He received this wheelchair 18 months ago. However, it is a 15 year old power chair (the motor runs with a bicycle chain). Because of this, Jose is unable to attend school and becomes very depressed because he must rely on others to push him in a manual wheelchair.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: Jose was presented a brand new $19,000 custom power wheelchair at the Miami Family Event on September 21, 2013. The gift helped a family in desperate need to give their son the gift of mobility and decrease his dependence on everyone around him. Many people in the community were able to witness the magic of this wheelchair donation at the Miami Family Event.

 

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Name: Aiden Brown
Age: 4
Residence: Noblesville, Indiana

Aiden Brown Story: Aiden sustained a spinal cord injury at 14 months old during a car accident in which his mother was driving under the influence and he was not placed in a car seat. Aiden has since been adopted by a wonderful family who cares for all of his medical needs. He is ventilator dependent, has a seizure disorder, and recently suffered a stroke. Aiden has no movement below his head and is unable to propel a manual wheelchair. He is dependent on an adult caretaker for all activities and mobility.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of Pitch Energy, Johnny & Terry Gray and Terry Chandler, donated a $43,000 custom power wheelchair during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The custom power wheelchair donation with a chin joystick will give Aiden the gift of mobility he deserves. The wheelchair donation is being made to honor the Gray family's father, the late John R. Gray. Pitch Energy and donors Johnny & Terry Gray and Terry Chandler have teamed up with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation this season to donate power wheelchairs to children in need.

 

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Name: Chelsea King
Age: 13
Residence: Wytheville, Virginia

Story: Chelsea was left paralyzed on the right side from brain injury and stroke caused by an arterio-venous malformation. She was in a coma for eight months and relied on a ventilator for one year. Her recovery continues but she was unable to propel herself in a manual wheelchair. Medicaid denied her claim for a power wheelchair.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of Berglund Farrell Auto Group of Roanoke & Lynchburg, donated a $30,000 Jeff Gordon themed custom power wheelchair to 13 year-old Chelsea King of Wytheville, Virginia in a special ceremony prior to the Irwin Tools Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 24. The wheelchair donation was made possible by Berglund Farrell Auto Group of Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia. Bruce Farrell of Bergund Farrell Auto Group joined the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s “Champions Club” by pledging to donate a power wheelchair at last spring's Wheels of Dreams Gala in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Champions Club gives donors and companies an opportunity to sponsor a wheelchair donation directly. Farrell requested the donation be to someone in his local community and Chelsea was identified as a child in need in Virginia. Berglund Farrell Auto Group supported its local community with this amazing gesture. The new wheelchair donation by Berglund Farrell Auto Group and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will give Chelsea the gift of mobility that she deserves and allow her to go back to school.

 

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Name: Crystal Sharar
Age: 53
Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina

Story: Crystal was paralyzed during back surgery seven years ago. She received a power wheelchair from Medicaid in 2009, but her current wheelchair does not provide her with the support and independence she needs. She is not eligible for a new wheelchair from Medicaid. Sharar is a single mother and has an 11 year-old son. The gift of mobility provided by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will allow her to become more independent, become more active and more involved in her son’s life.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters,and in conjunction with Carolinas Healthcare System, donated a $28,000 custom power wheelchair to Crystal at the grand opening of the new Carolinas Rehabilitation NorthEast facility. NASCAR Driver Joey Coulter presented the wheelchair to her at the ceremony. Crystal was referred to DGF by Carolina’s Rehabilitation. She is the second wheelchair recipient in the last three years from Carolina’s Rehabilitation to foundation has supported with a wheelchair donation.

 

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Name: Jose Hernandez-Marquez
Age: 8
Residence: Commerce City, Colorado

Story: Jose is diagnosed with spastic quadriparesis resulting from a brain tumor. He was unable to propel himself in a manual wheelchair and was unable to acquire a power wheelchair because he has exhausted his benefits from his health insurance and Medicaid. The new power wheelchair will give Jose the independence he deserves so he can continue his recovery and play with his friends.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of Pitch Energy, Johnny & Terry Gray and Terry Chandler, donated a $19,000 custom wheelchair to Jose. The donation took place during pre-race ceremonies at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at the Bandimere Speedway on Sunday, July 21. The wheelchair donation was made to honor the Gray family’s father, the late John R. Gray. Pitch Energy and donors Johnny & Terry Gray and Terry Chandler have teamed up with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand this season to donate power wheelchairs to children in need and raise awareness of childhood cancer.

 

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Name: Stephen Negron
Age: 26
Residence: St. Petersburg, FL

Story: Stephen was in need of a custom manual wheelchair with power assist wheels. He sustained a spinal cord injury in 2007 during a single-vehicle rollover accident at the age of 20 while driving to church. His current manual wheelchair is heavy, unstable and difficult to propel. The new wheelchair will allow Stephen to continue his work as a counselor to those dealing with spinal cord injuries and depression.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated an $18,000 custom wheelchair to Stephen Negron, a 26 year-old from St. Petersburg, Fla. prior to the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6. NASCAR stars Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart & Bobby Labonte joined Stephen for the wheelchair donation presentation making it a memorable day for the racing fan!

 

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Name: Magela Morejon
Age:11
Residence: Hialeah, FL

Story: Magela is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She was using a manual wheelchair which she was not strong enough to propel herself with. She was not eligible for a new power wheelchair from Medicaid until 2016. A new wheelchair will give her the gift of mobility she needs now and allow her to participate in more activities, engage better in her studies, learn better in school and socialize better with her classmates.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $17,000 Disney Princess themed custom power wheelchair to 11 year-old Magela Morejon of Hialeah, Fla. at Casa Larios, during a special "Latin Nights" mixer to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Friday, June 21. The fundraiser at Casa Larios was hosted by Angel & Rosie Pardo, Robert & Olga Pulles, Jose & Elaine Segrera and Neil & Yvette Verdeja.

 

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Name: Jim Jennings
Age: 63
Residence: Westminster, CO

Story: Jim was paralyzed after three strains of streptococcal infection attacked his spinal cord. After surgery and several months in a long term care facility battling complications of his illness, he was transferred to Craig Hospital for rehabilitation. His current power wheelchair, a used chair that was given to him, is more than six years old and the motor is becoming increasing unreliable. Jim is described by hospital staff as a "fun guy who handled his situation extremely well."

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: Jim, was the 13 th Craig Hospital graduate to receive a wheelchair donation from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation chosen by hospital staff in a special ceremony on June 21, 2013. He hopes to be able to use his power wheelchair to continue to relate with others with disabilities, be more social and to get and participate in different activities such as going to the grocery store near his home. He received a $12,000 wheelchair from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

 

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Name: Hakam Daley
Age: 21
Residence: Port St. Lucie, FL

Story: Hakam Daley was in need of a new custom power wheelchair to increase his independence. His old power wheelchair was old and deteriorating; the batteries no longer hold a charge and had to be recharged several times throughout the day. Hakam often is "stuck" because of his chair breaking down. He was not able to propel himself and sometimes becomes embarrassed by the extra effort his caretakers have in maneuvering his chair. In addition to not holding a charge, his old power wheelchair has become too small and the neutral function no longer works making it unsafe, at times, during transport. Hakam's mother was a drug-user who abandoned him as a child. He currently resides in a group home and is his own legal guardian. Hakam will age out of the public school system at the end of this school year and his teachers and therapists, who frequently watch over him, are concerned that he will be left without any therapy and without appropriate seating.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated an $18,000 Florida State themed custom power wheelchair to Hakam Daley at the Barrett-Jackson Gala in West Palm Beach April 3, 2013. A second presentation was held at Hakam's high school in Port St. Lucie on May 8, 2013. The independence and support Hakam will receive with this custom power wheelchair was vital to his future success in life. His intelligence and positive attitude continues to inspire those around him and Hakam plans to continue on to college where he will pursue a degree that will use "all of the gifts that God has given [him]."

 

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Name: Mathias Batista
Age:10
Residence: Weston, FL

Story: Mathias is in need of a custom power wheelchair to make him more independent. He has been diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy in all four limbs and is unable to self-propel his current manual wheelchair, making him dependent on an adult caretaker for all daily activities. Mathias' parents and physical therapist believe that he is now old enough to independently manage a power wheelchair in order to feel more independent despite his severe physical limitations.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: On behalf of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and all of its supporters, Mathias Batista received an $18,000 soccer themed custom power wheelchair at Barrett Jackson in West Palm Beach April 4 through 6th. The custom power wheelchair will undoubtedly give Mathias the ability to move and interact more freely. Financially, this donation has come as a huge relief for Mathias and his parents as they estimated 23,000 in annual medical expenses alone. Now, with the proper wheelchair, Mathias can begin the road to achieving his dreams of becoming a professional soccer coach one day.

 

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Name: Dyani Peterson
Age: 13
Residence: Melbourne, FL

Story: Dyani is in need of a custom power wheelchair propelled by a chin joystick to assist her in maintaining her independence. Dyani currently has a power wheelchair that she received several years ago from Medicaid. Dyani is no longer eligible for Medicaid and her private insurance company will not cover the cost of the chair stating that it is a "convenience item" and "not medically necessary." Dyani was born with Arthogryposis and is affected in all four limbs, making it impossible for her to walk, propel a manual wheelchair, or use a typical joystick. Her current power chair is in very poor condition; it breaks down frequently, the batteries will not hold a charge for any length of time, and she is outgrowing it, leading to extreme discomfort. Dyani is 13 and in the 7th grade where she is doing high school level work. She attends a private school for children with disabilities. Her mom describes her as very independent. Her favorite this is to work on her computer to investigate situations. She also loves public speaking. Dyani would like to one day be able to walk and stand on her own.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: On behalf of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and all of its supporters, Dyani Peterson received a $36,000 Florida Gators themed custom power wheelchair at the foundation's annual Wheels of Dreams event. The event itself was held in Ragtops Motorcars Museum on April 4, 2013 as Dyani received the gift of mobility. This donation will take the financial burden off Dyani and her family. In addition, Dyani will now be able to continue her success in school and achieve her dreams. This perfectly customized chair will cater to her needs, allowing her the independence Dyani has been lacking to this point.

 

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Name: Wesley Johnson
Age: 27
Residence: Gainesville, FL

Story: Wesley is in need of a custom power wheelchair to increase his independence. Wesley was injured in a single-car vehicle rollover crash in January 2011 and sustained a spinal cord injury. Despite this, he remains very motivated. Wesley currently has a manual chair but only has partial use of his hands and cannot propel himself for community distances. Additionally, Wesley lives in an area with difficult terrain (dirt roads) and enjoys many outdoors activities. This makes it difficult for Wesley to be pushed in a manual wheelchair. Wesley needs a power chair with tilt function to increase his overall health and independence. Medicaid will not approve a power chair for him and he is unable to cover the costs on his own. Before his accident, Wesley served 8 years in the National Guard. However, because he was not on active duty at the time of the accident, he is not eligible for VA benefits. During this time, Wesley lived in Gainesville and attended Santa Fe Community College while working on his professional pilot's license.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $26,000 custom power wheelchair to Wesley during the Amalie Gatornationals, March 14 through the 17th. The camouflaged themed custom power wheelchair will allow Wesley to move more freely, gain more support and be able to continue actively participating in the community.

 

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Name: Zynetta Johnson
Age: 30
Residence: Jacksonville, FL

Story: Zynetta is in need of a custom manual wheelchair to assist her with all activities of daily living. She sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 1998 at the age of 16. Zynetta is able to self-propel and her current manual wheelchair is in very poor condition. It is more than 9 years old, the tire treads are completely worn, the seat frame is broken and is being held together with wires, one axle is broken, one tire lock is missing, etc. In addition, her gel cushion is completely drained which recently lead to her hospitalization for a pressure sore. Zynetta does not have medical insurance and, therefore, cannot cover the cost of a new wheelchair.

 

Zynetta is a very active member of the community. She is employed by Bank of America and acts as a free-lance graphic designer. She also manages several local musicians, which allows her to combine her business knowledge with her love for the art of sound. Her future goals are to finish the remaining 1.5 years of her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, obtain a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, and continue physical therapy to progress from full leg braces to half calf braces. Zynetta states that the "condition of my chair has limited my freedom and independence that I am used to. Obtaining a new wheelchair will allow me to return to being more active to continue pursuing my goals."

 

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Name: Addison Santana
Age:
Residence: Orlando, FL

Story: Addison is diagnosed with Arthogryposis. His current wheelchair was too small and his health insurance denied his claim for the power wheelchair he needs. Addison is in need of a custom power wheelchair to make him more independent. His current power wheelchair is much too small and he is no longer able to use it. Because Addison’s disability affects him in all four limbs, he is unable to propel himself in a manual wheelchair. Currently, Addison must scoot everywhere, which hinders his independence and uses a great deal of energy. Additionally, his previous wheelchair was very large and heavy, leaving Addison unable to use it in tight spaces like in the home or at stores.

With the new wheelchair donated by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Addison will receive the gift of mobility, freedom and independence he needs.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $22,000 custom power wheelchair to Addison Santana during Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament in Daytona Beach, FL on February 24, 2012. Addison’s short-term goals are to get good grades in school, read chapter books and learn new math applications. One day he would like to be able to walk or stand. The custom wheelchair donation will now enable Addison to interact with his fellow third grade classmates and hopefully achieve his short term goals.

 

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Name: Christine Kent
Age: 48
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Story: Christine is in need of a custom manual wheelchair with power assist wheels. Her current manual wheelchair is ill fitting and extremely uncomfortable, causing her constant pain. Christine was paralyzed during a violent crime 5 years ago when an acquaintance shot her in the back and ran over her with his SUV. She is able to self-propel herself using a manual wheelchair and the addition of power assist wheels will enable her to access environments she has not since been able to access. Christine is an extremely active member of the community. She participated in the Broward Spinal Cord Injury Support Group and, with her van, transports member without accessible transportation to meetings and other social outings. She is a member of a hand-cycling group, Achilles International. Christine has completed 10 full marathons thus far. In addition, Christine serves as a motivational speaker, has worked with the Oakland Park Police Department, Women in Distress and the Center for Independent Living of Broward. She is also a very active member of Gracepoint Church in Oakland Park, Fla.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $17,000 custom manual wheelchair with power assist wheels to Christine Kent during the University-Dodge Car Show on Sunday, March 3. The leopard print custom manual wheelchair will allow Christine to continue living her very active lifestyle free of pain for her old wheelchair. In addition, Christine will be able to return to work, giving her a source of steady income to support herself.

 

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Name: Alex Lowe
Age: 16
Residence: Plantation, FL

Story: Alex, a sophomore at Western High School, is diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and recently lost his ability to walk. He is unable to propel himself in his current manual wheelchair. Alex is a huge sports fan and hopes to pursue a career in sports, but needed the proper wheelchair to remain mobile, stay in school and pursue his dream. His health insurance would not approve the wheelchair Alex needed. His family read in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper about Sawgrass Ford’s promotion with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and applied for a new wheelchair.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of Sawgrass Ford, donated a custom wheelchair to 16 year-old Alex Lowe of Plantation, Fla. at Sawgrass Ford on Monday, January 28. The funds for the wheelchair were donated by Sawgrass Ford whom held a December holiday promotion, “You Buy A Ride, They Get A Ride”, in which the Sunrise, Fla. dealership donated $100 to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for every vehicle it sold or leased in December. Sawgrass Ford raised $25,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program.

 

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Name: Cole Ludwig
Age: 7
Residence: Queen Creek, AZ

Story: Cole is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Cole is outgrowing his current wheelchair, which he received from MercyCare a little over 1 year ago following heart surgery to correct a genetic abnormality during which he lost significant upper trunk control. Cole’s insurance company was not willing to consider him for a power wheelchair. Cole is in need of a custom power wheelchair in order for him to be more independent. His mother and physical therapist describe him as intelligent and very social. A custom power wheelchair will enable Cole to initiate interactions with his friends in his 1st grade class because he will be able to independently approach them and engage in activities. Currently, Cole utilizes an adaptive stroller which he cannot propel himself and is dependent upon adults for all of his mobility needs. A power wheelchair will allow Cole the independence to navigate his environment, interact with his peers and engage in more socialization to further his language and cognitive development.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $26,000 custom power wheelchair to Cole at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Despite not having a vehicle to auction at Barrett-Jackson to fundraise for the wheelchair, the foundation still donated the wheelchair and gave Cole the gift of mobility. Cole’s family were greeted warmly by the Barrett-Jackson family in Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

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Name: Owen Johnson
Age: 4
Residence: Palm Bay, FL

Story: Owen Johnson was severely injured in a tragic car accident on July 1, 2011 while his family was on vacation. His sister, Hannah, was killed in the accident while his pregnant mother, father and two other sisters were badly injured. Owen’s life instantly changed, as he was now a Quadriplegic at the age of four. He continues to persevere as he has made a great deal of progress since his accident. Owen has recently started preschool and desperately needed a power wheelchair to operate on his own. His families insurance along with Medicare denied his claim stating that his manual wheelchair was sufficient even though he could not operate it on his own.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $40,000 custom power wheelchair to Owen Johnson during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, November 12 through the 18th. The theme of the custom power wheelchair, by request of Owen, was “Mario Cart” because he is a fan of racing and more specifically, Luigi. Owen Johnson, along with his family, received the custom power wheelchair at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s annual Hot Rods & Reels charity fishing tournament at Homestead-Miami International Speedway. Now Owen will be able to operate his own wheelchair and enjoy more independence.

 

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Name: Ada Flores
Age: 53
Residence: Orlando, FL

Story: Ada Flores is in need of a custom manual wheelchair. Her current wheelchair is 6 year old and is in very poor condition. Because she spends upwards of 15 hour a day in her wheelchair, the wheelchair experiences a lot of wear and tear. Ada requires an ultra-lightweight wheelchair so she can get it in and out of her vehicle. Ada’s current 6-year-old manual chair is slowly falling apart. It is missing screws, the cushions are broken, the back comes off, the nuts are rusty, and the chair wobbles. Ada is paid hourly at her job, cannot afford to pay for medical insurance and she is not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid. The condition of Ada’s current wheelchair led to a recent fall, which resulted in injury. As much as Ada uses her wheelchair, it is imperative that she has one that is fully functional and can deliver the support she needs.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $7,000 manual wheelchair to Ada Flores during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, November 12 through the 18th. The yellow fairy themed manual wheelchair will allow Ada to move more freely, gain more support and carry-on her many hobbies such as sewing or playing spades.

 

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Name: Theo Kendrick
Residence: Miami, FL

Story: Theo Kendrick, suffering from a spinal cord injury, no longer had the ability to control his power wheelchair. Theo needed a custom manual wheelchair so that someone could assist him in moving around. Medicaid denied his families claim stating that he did not need a manual wheelchair. Theo is a huge Miami Dolphins fan and has his room entirely decorated in Miami Dolphins memorabilia. However, he has never been to a Miami Dolphins game and he would consider it a lifetime experience.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated an $11,000 custom manual wheelchair to Theo Kendrick during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, November 12 through the 18th. This wheelchair presentation was made at the Miami Dolphins vs. the Tennessee Titans football game. The Miami Dolphins were kind enough to donate pre-game field passes/tickets to Theo and his family to attend and receive the custom manual wheelchair, with a Miami Dolphins theme, during pre-game festivities.

 

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Name: Gururaj Shiriram
Age: 16
Residence: Miami, FL

Story: Gururaj Shiriram suffers from spinal muscular atrophy but anyone that knows him would say he is a brilliant young man. However, his current wheelchair is much too small, eight years old and does not support his scoliosis. His old wheelchair would often break down, keeping Gururaj from going to school and making him very frustrated. Gururaj’s dad works full-time and has medical insurance but they would not cover the new custom wheelchair that he needs. The high cost of medical bills made it impossible for his family to pay for a new wheelchair by themselves. Gururaj loves his hometown Miami team such as the Miami Heat and the Miami Dolphins. His future plans include college and eventually law school at the University of Miami.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, were proud to present Gururaj with a brand new, highly customized power wheelchair during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, November 12 through the 18th. The presentation was held at the Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans game thanks to the Miami Dolphins donating pre-game field passes and tickets. Gururaj not only received a customize power wheelchair that supported his scoliosis but also had it themed for his favorite team, the Miami Heat. Now Gururaj can concentrate on going to school without any more wheelchair problems and experience a heightened sense of freedom. He will no longer be uncomfortable because of his wheelchair and that puts a smile on his face daily.

 

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Name: Gary Patterson
Age: 9
Residence: Trilby, FL

Story: Gary Patterson, diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, was in desperate need of a power wheelchair. He was not able to propel himself in a manual wheelchair, thus, he had to rely on family/friends to help him get around. Gary wanted to gain more independence in order to experience life as a kid. Gary’s one true love is watching WWE wrestling and his favorite wrestler is WWE superstar John Cena. Medicaid denied his claim for a power wheelchair, as they did not believe his family was in need of financial assistance or that he needed a new wheelchair.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $32,000 dollar custom power wheelchair to Gary Patterson at Centennial Elementary School in observance of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, November 12 through the 18th. Since Gary Patterson is such a huge wrestling fan, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation had a WWE wrestling theme added to his power wheelchair and Gary was surprised by WWE superstar John Cena at the donation. Now Gary can enjoy the ability to maneuver himself around instead of relying on others.

 

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Name: Brandon Jean
Age: 27
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Story: Brandon Jean suffered a life altering gunshot wound eight years ago while being robbed. Brandon’s spinal cord injury confined him to a power wheelchair and, after eight years, he was in desperate need on a new one. Medicaid denied his claim even though he demonstrated he could now use a manual wheelchair. Brandon just wants to operate more independently and use the regained function in his arms. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis referred Brandon to The Darrell Gwynn Foundation hoping that we could help aid him in his struggle to be more active.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $16,000 custom manual wheelchair to Brandon Jean during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, November 12 through the 18th. The custom manual wheelchair had a Dallas Cowboys theme, as they are Brandon’s favorite NFL team. Now Brandon can enjoy the comfort of his new custom manual wheelchair and use his recently regained, functional arms.

 

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Name: Zailey Andrade
Age: 3
Residence: Mooresville, IN

Story: Diagnosed with arthogryposis, a rare congenital disorder characterized by multiple joint contractures, Zailey Andrade is inhibited from walking or the use of her hands. She needs a power wheelchair so that she can start attending pre-school and enjoy playing with her friends. Currently, Zailey is using a loaner power wheelchair that her family has modified in order for it to fit her. She recently had hip surgery and wears leg braces. Zailey sees a specialist at the Shriner’s hospital in Philadelphia, causing financial hardship for her and her family. Medicaid in the state of Indiana will not approve a power wheelchair for any child as young as Zailey. Her goal is to become more independent, allowing her to experience the great things that come along with being a kid.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: Zailey Andrade received a $36,000 customized power wheelchair at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals event on August 31st, 2012. The event was held at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis Indiana as Zailey was one of three donors that day. Her chair has a “pink princess” theme along with a chin joystick so Zailey will be able to operate the wheelchair herself. This power wheelchair will give Zailey the ability to move independently, attend pre-school and participate in activities with her friends.

 

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Name: Benjamin Bang
Age: 6
Residence: Fisher, Indiana

Story: Looking to simply be a “kid”, Benjamin Bang was in desperate need of a power wheelchair. He is diagnosed with disorder of mitochondrial metabolism, cerebral folate deficiency and autism. Benjamin’s family is finding it more and more difficult to look after their three young boys and aid Benjamin in moving from place to place in his manual wheelchair. Benjamin’s disorder drains his energy to a point where he cannot push his own wheelchair any longer. A power wheelchair can allow him to experience life in a new, explorative manner with minimal assistance from his family. From collecting hot wheels to the annual Mecum Muscle Car auction, Benjamin has a true passion for cars. This same passion brought Benjamin and his family to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: Benjamin Bang received a $22,000 Dodge Challenger themed custom power wheelchair from DGF, on behalf of its donors. The customized power wheelchair was donated at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals event held at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 31st, 2012. Benjamin will now be able to enjoy the gift of mobility, playing with friends and operating on an independent basis.

 

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Name: Eli Dilts
Age: 9
Residence: Bloomington, Indiana

Story: Eli Dilts was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010 after complaining of severe headaches. He also developed Posterior Fossa Syndrome, a rare side effect from the surgery to remove his tumor. To complicate matters worse, this directly led to severe ataxia. Eli’s mom has to push him around in a stroller at school and is afraid the other kids will make fun of him. Their private insurance has denied their claim for a wheelchair and the medical bills have made it financially impossible for the Dilts family to afford a proper wheelchair for Eli. Being an Indiana native, Eli loves the Indianapolis Colts football team along with sports in general. A power wheelchair would give Eli the ability to keep up with his friends and gain confidence through his independence.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: Eli Dilts will receive a $9,000 Indianapolis Colts themed custom manual wheelchair from DGF, on behalf of its donors. The customized power wheelchair was donated at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals event held at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 31st, 2012. The ability for Eli to become independent and out of a stroller will not only allow him to keep up with his friends, but to also build confidence in his self.

 

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Name: Daviel Pinol
Age: 17
Residence: Miami, FL

Story: Diagnosed with spina bifida and lacking the proper wheelchair, Daviel Pinol was quickly falling behind in his high school class work. The worn out manual wheelchair without any postural support Daviel was using was the direct cause of missing school. Medicaid denied his request for a new wheelchair. Daviel is a very active teenager, spending his time fishing, playing basketball, track & field and a participant at the Paralympics. His hope is to graduate high school in two years and pursue a college degree. A power wheelchair would allow Daviel to return to school and enjoy the life of a teenager once again.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: At the 10th anniversary of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation held at the Passion Nightclub inside the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Daviel Pinol received an $18,000 wheelchair donation. The power wheelchair itself not only gives Daviel the gift of mobility but also has a Rock & Roll theme to add a dash of attitude for the teenager. This new power wheelchair will allow Daviel to return to school, possess better postural support, maneuverability in the crowded highs school hall ways and pursue his dream of a college degree.

 

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Name: Dylan Gramando
Age: 13
Residence: Henderson, Nevada

Story: Dylan Gramando suffers from hereditary spastic paraplegia, causing stiffness and pain in the lower limbs of his body. Dylan can no longer get around anywhere outside of his house without a wheelchair and the pain from his condition worsens by the day. He would be more active if he could maneuver outside of his house without experiencing pain or feeling like an inconvenience to others. He enjoys playing chess and many strategy games but his mom believed he would enjoy much more if he had the gift of mobility.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $21,000 wheelchair to 13 year-old Dylan Gramando of Henderson, Nevada at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on September 20th, 2012. The skull and cross bone themed power wheelchair will allow Dylan to get out of the house and experience all that life has to offer. The mobility given will increase his ability to maneuver much more easily in attraction sites such as the malls, aquariums and museums.

 

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Name: Kathleen Ha
Age: 4
Residence: Fountain Valley, CA

Story: Kathleen Ha sustained a spinal cord injury while playing as a toddler, when she fell over some pillows in a freak accident. The family did not have the means to purchase the wheelchair Kathleen needed and Medi-Cal denied their claim.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $39,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Kathleen on stage at Barrett-Jackson Orange County on June 22, 2012. The new wheelchair will allow Kathleen to play and go back to playing with her family and being able to move around on her own.

 

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Name: Geoffrey Lance
Age: 37
Residence: Irvine, CA

Story: Geoffrey Lance sustained a spinal cord injury during a surfing accident in 1998. Since his accident he has been unable to return to work, but over the years has volunteered 20 hours a week in Hoag Hospital, where his rehabilitation occurred after his spinal cord injury. He was in desperate need of a new power wheelchair; his wheelchair was 12 years old and beyond repair. Medicare denied his claim for the power wheelchair he needs to go back to his volunteer work and peruse his hobbies of attending sporting events, concerts, and playing wheelchair rugby.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $15,000 custom power wheelchair to Geoffrey Lance at The Day Family Classic Car Museum in Corona, CA on June 20. With this new wheelchair, will allow Geoffrey to get back to doing the things he loves in his community.

 

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Name: Ruth-Ann Etheridge
Age: 65
Residence: Lakeland, FL

Story: Ruth-Ann is diagnosed with recurrent transverse myelitis resulting in a spinal cord injury and paralysis. She was in desperate need of a new wheelchair so she can continue being active in her community and visit with her family. Medicare denied her claim for the power wheelchair she needs. Ruth-Ann was a teacher for many years. She continues to utilize these skills by offering free after-school tutoring to students at her nursing home, but is unable to tutor, visit with family or continue to be an "organizer" in her community due to the lack of a proper wheelchair she needs.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $32,000 flower themed custom power wheelchair to Ruth-Ann and her family at the Life Care Center in Winter Haven, Fla. Her family was overcome with tears of joy as they saw Ruth-Ann comfortably seated in her new wheelchair, smiling, mobile and free to live her life. Ruth-Ann was able to once again visit with her family, tutor young students and be "mayor" of her nursing home by organizing activities for the residents.

 

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Name: Madison Wilson
Age: 4
Residence: Miami, FL

Story: Madison, a four year-old with cerebral palsy and other complications is a preschool student at the Ann Storck Center and was referred to DGF by Joe DiMaggio Hospital. Her family was denied the proper wheelchair she needed by Medipass. She currently has no wheelchair and depends on caretakers to move around.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: On stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on April 7, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $24,000 “Mini Mouse” themed power wheelchair. With this new wheelchair, Madison will be able to start kindergarten on schedule.

 


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Name: Tyler Wright
Age: 6
Residence: Pompano Beach, Fla

Story: A six year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla., he is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and cannot propel himself in his current manual wheelchair. Tyler, a well-liked student at Charles Drew Elementary School, Medicaid denied his claim for the proper wheelchair he needs.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: On behalf of its donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $13,500 “Batman” themed power wheelchair at the Wheels of Dreams Gala on April 5. The new power wheelchair will give him the gift of mobility he needs so he can ride the bus to school on his own and engage more with his classmates as well as be more independent at home. At the gala, Tyler got to visit with a replica “Batmobile” car on display at the museum and the DGF staff took turns singing the Batman theme with the overjoyed youngster.

 

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Name: James Roberts
Age: 21
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Story: James, a 21 year-old native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He was denied by Medicaid and Medicare the proper wheelchair he needed. His lack of mobility as a teenager caused him to be bullied and he was removed from high school. He wrote a letter to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation requesting the gift every American deserves…FREEDOM.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: on behalf of its donors, made a wheelchair donation to James at Barrett-Jackson’s Opening Night Gala at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Fla. on April 4. His new wheelchair will allow him to go back to school, earn his GED and train for a job as a computer tech. He held a sign that read “FREEDOM” in his hands at the wheelchair donation ceremony on stage at the gala.

 

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Name: Austin Praught
Age: 20
Residence: Bradenton, FL

Story: Praught was in a car accident on New Year’s Eve and was thrown from the passenger seat and sustained a spinal cord injury. A college student at Florida State University whom supported himself, he did not have the resources or health insurance coverage needed to obtain the power wheelchair he needed.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $28,000 power wheelchair to Austin Praught of Bradenton, Fla. during pre-race ceremonies at the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals at the Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville.The new wheelchair donated by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will give Austin the gift of mobility, freedom and independence and allow him to go back to school at FSU where he hopes to become a college professor teaching calculus someday. Austin was referred to DGF by Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

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Name: Spencer Blomquist
Age: 23
Residence: Cantonment, FL

Story: When Spencer was 21 years old, he was the victim of a car robbery. During the robbery, he was shot and the injury resulted in him being a quadriplegic. At the time of the shooting he was a college student at Pensacola State. Even with these obstacles, he has continued to attend school with every intention of earning a degree, but it’s very difficult for him to get around campus. The power wheelchair that was given to him by Medicaid has broken down, making life even more difficult for Spencer.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated $20,000 power wheelchair to Spencer, a 23 year-old NASCAR fan and native of Cantonment, Fla. at its annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers on Lake Lloyd at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 24, 2012. This new wheelchair will help Spencer move around campus and home much easier, and will also make life easier for those who care for him. With this donation from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Spencer will be able to continue going to school, earn his degree, and continue to strive for a much higher quality of life!

 

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Name: Diego Sanchez
Age: 17
Residence: Peoria, AZ

Story: Diego has Muscular Dystrophy and was using a wheelchair loaned to him by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is a hard-working and determined young man, and he hopes one day to go to college. His family doesn’t have any insurance and have been struggling financially, so he had no means to acquire a wheelchair of his own. He is currently a senior in high school and gets very good grades.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $18,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Diego on Firday, January 20, 2012 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation was extremely fortunate and raised $150,000 with Diego on the stage, by selling the Garlits vs. Gwynn electric dragsters. With this new chair, it will allow Diego to be much more independent and more active at school as he will not need as much assistance. With this donation, Diego will be closer to his goal of graduating college and will have a much higher quality of life!

 

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Name: Paola Vega
Age: 3
Residence: Puerto Rico

Story: Paola was born pre-mature, which resulted in her being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She is currently attending a school Puerto Rico where she receives physical therapy and also is able to play with children her age. Her favorite things to do at school are singing songs with the group and playing with dolls. She was also recently on TV in Puerto Rico representing the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and was given the chance to sing with a famous Latin singer, Luis Fonsi.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $13,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Paola on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Full Throttle Show of Shows hosted by the Sheehan Autoplex to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. Paola and her family traveled to South Florida to receive the wheelchair that they have desperately been seeking for her. Her family was unable to obtain the proper wheelchair for Paola, and she is not strong enough to propel herself in her previous manual wheelchair which was being loaned to her. She will now be able to keep up with friends at school and participate in all family functions! Needless to say, the donation by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will provide Stephan with a much higher quality of life!

 

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Name: Rylee Kronen
Age: 4
Residence: Davie, FL

Story: Rylee suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis Complex II which is a genetic disorder that has caused a developmental delay and will also cause many other obstacles throughout her life. Because of this, she also suffers from epilepsy and typically has 2 seizures a day. She currently has a gait trainer, which helps her in some ways, but because of this, she was denied by insurance for a wheelchair, putting her at great need for a new wheelchair.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $9,000 custom-built wheelchair to Rylee on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the Miami Dolphins football game. The new wheelchair will allow Rylee to sit for more than 10 minutes at a time, something that she previously wasn’t able to do. It will also allow her to interact with her friends and family. The new wheelchair will also help improve her therapy sessions, which will increase the rate that she will develop. Needless to say, the wheelchair will provide Rylee with a much higher quality of life!

 

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Name: Tyron Cunningham
Age: 14
Residence: Miami Gardens, FL

Story: Tyron is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and also suffered a stroke after birth which left him developmentally delayed as well. His previous manual wheelchair is broken and unfixable and his family has had to transport him to school in a stroller. The stroller is also too small for him and much too uncomfortable for him to sit in for extended periods of time. Tyron enjoys reading books, watching movies, playing X-Box, as well as going to school and riding his adaptive bicycle.




The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated an $8,000 custom-built wheelchair to Tyron on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Hot Rods & Reels fishing tournament at Homestead Speedway. The new wheelchair will allow Tyron to be transported to school and also use it at school as it’s much more comfortable for him to sit in. He will be able to participate in social activities, eat lunch with classmates, and use the computer. This gift of mobility to Tyron will not only allow him more independence, but he will able to participate in activities where his social nature and personality will be able to grow.

 

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Name: Luis Ind
Age: 9
Residence: Hialeah, FL

Story: Luis was born with Cerebral Palsy due to lack of oxygen at the time of his birth. He cannot walk and has limitations with fine and gross motor skills. Even with these obstacles, he attends school and uses a computer to do his assignments as well as communicate with people, all while getting good grades. His previous wheelchair was a manual chair, and because Luis is not strong enough to propel himself, he was always reliable on others for mobility.




The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated an $18,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Luis on Sunday, November 20, 2011. This new chair will allow Luis to have much more independence, as he will now be able to move around on his own. He will have more freedom at school and be able to keep up with his friends. The new wheelchair will provide Luis with a much higher quality of life!

 

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Name: Stephan Moss
Age: 49
Residence: Deerfield Beach, FL

Story: In 2007 Stephan suffered a stroke and due to the lack of insurance, he did not receive proper physical therapy and was left paralyzed from the waist down. He is currently in a manual wheelchair, but it’s not specialized for him and is also dangerous as it does not restrain him properly. He currently enjoys spending time with his 3 children and attending their sporting events.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated an $18,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Stephan on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the 40th Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. This new wheelchair will allow Stephan to have the proper type of equipment he needs for proper safety and also provide him with much more independence. He hopes to attend vocational rehab and get a job working with computers. Needless to say, the donation by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will provide Stephan with a much higher quality of life!

 

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Name: Jihoon Kim
Age: 28
Residence: Denver, CO

Jihoon Kim Wheelchair Donation Recipient Story: Jihoon was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident in 2004.  This injury has not kept him from pursuing all of his goals, as he is a college graduate, and currently working on his master’s degree.  The challenges that he has faced has only given him more strength in his life.  His family wasn’t able to purchase a new wheelchair for him, and his current wheelchair is 7 years old and dilapidated.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $15,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Jihoon at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado on Monday, October 10, 2011. The new wheelchair will allow Jihoon to continue his studies in a chair that will provide him with the needed comfort and quality that he rightly deserves. The power wheelchair will give Jihoon much more independence and a higher quality of life!

 

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Jacqueline Woomavahaugh Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Jacqueline Woomavahaugh
Age: 57
Residence: Norman, OK

Story: Jacqueline suffered a spinal cord injury in 1983 when she fell asleep while driving, causing her to hit a guardrail. Since that time, she has tried to stay very independent, but she has experienced additional injuries that have caused her more problems. The power chair that she had was unable to hold a charge, and also had too large of a frame and seat.  She had requested a new chair through Medicare but has been denied twice in the past 3 years.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $16,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Jacqueline on Friday, October 21, 2011. The new wheelchair will allow Jacqueline to be much more comfortable than she was previously in her chair.  The power wheelchair will give Jacqueline much more independence and a higher quality of life!

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Dylan Steinwand Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Camron Vaughn
Age: 4
Residence: Las Vegas, NV

Story: Camron is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which has caused him to rely on a wheelchair.  His father recently retired from the military, and because of that, his healthcare benefits no longer allow him to obtain the wheelchair that Camron needed.   Camron hopes to one day either be a police officer or pizza delivery man!


The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation:The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $9,000 custom-built manual wheelchair to Camron at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on Friday, September 23. Camron was on stage with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation as they sold the very special Barrett-Cuda car for $200,000, and his presence certainly helped the sale.  The new wheelchair will allow Camron to start school and provide him with a much higher quality of life!

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Dylan Steinwand Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Sergio Nunez
Age: 13
Residence: Hollywood, FL

Story: Sergio suffered a stroke when he was one year old, leading to a developmental delay.  While his development was very slow, he was able to walk and run by the time he was 5.  At this age, he began to have seizures, sometimes as many as 150 a day.  He had brain surgery multiple times to control the seizures, but due to the surgeries, he is now very limited in mobility.  He had to crawl around his house to get where he wanted to be, and can only use his right hand.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $17,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Sergio at “The Kid” Turns 50 & Helps 50 Kids event presented by duPont Registry and hosted by Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, September 10.   The new wheelchair will allow Sergio to no longer be 100% dependent on others, and he will be able to move around independently at school.  His school often hosts dances, and now he will be able to enjoy the dance without having to need someone to push him around.  The new chair will provide Sergio with a much higher quality of life!


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Dylan Steinwand Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Jeremy Lowery
Age: 28
Residence: West Palm Beach, FL.

Story: Only 2 months after his 18th birthday, Jeremy was in a car accident after swerving to avoid a deer.  His car flipped several times, and the accident left him a quadriplegic. Jeremy has very little family support, and has had to live in a nursing home since the accident.  He had a power chair previously, but it was stolen in a matter of minutes from the outside of his friend’s apartment.  While he has been through a lot, he still keeps a very positive attitude!

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $22,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Jeremy on his birthday, August 11, 2011.  Jeremy was extremely excited to receive the chair, and said that the new chair will allow him to feel like he just learned to walk again, as it will open so many doors that have been closed for a long time. He now hopes to be able to move out of his nursing home and into an independent living situation, and begin pursuing his goal of going to college to study sociology and getting a job!  The wheelchair will provide Jeremy with a much higher quality of life!


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Dylan Steinwand Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Caleb Weaver
Age: 6
Residence: Bloomington, IN

Story: Caleb has a rare form of muscular dystrophy called Facioscapulohumeral. His mother suffers from the disease as well. His father takes care of his mother and him, while the whole family lives with Caleb’s grandfather.  The family had previously requested a power wheelchair through insurance, but they were denied because they requested a special function that would allow Caleb to be lowered all the way to the floor.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $22,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Caleb at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Presented by Lucas Oil on September 5, 2011.  The new wheelchair will allow Caleb to play on the floor with his friends and participate in activities with his classmates at school.  The new wheelchair will make it easier for Caleb’s father to take care of Caleb and his mother, all while providing Caleb with the independence that he needs.


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Dylan Steinwand Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Dolly Jackson
Age: 55
Residence: Charlotte, NC .

Story: Dolly suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury with quadriplegia after falling from a tree while trying to rescue her cat. Before the accident, Dolly was an independent, employed, self-sufficient woman who loved to garden.  Since the accident, Dolly has been living in a nursing home, relying on others. Without insurance, Dolly was unable to get a power wheelchair on her own.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation:The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $17,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Dolly at the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at the zMax Dragway on Sunday, September 18, 2011.   The new wheelchair will allow Dolly to not have to rely on nurses to push her around.  She will also be able to leave the facility and travel to the grocery store, museum, and other areas around the neighborhood, places she wasn’t able to go before.  The power wheelchair will give Dolly much more independence and a higher quality of life!


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Dylan Steinwand Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Leroy Bruce Jr.
Age: 54
Residence: Miami, FL.

Story: Diagnosed with AIDS, the illness caused a tumor to grow in his spine at the thoracic level, which keeps him from being able to walk.  He is currently a research participant at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.  He has shown a very good work ethic and his determination is praised by the staff at the Miami Project.  Leroy lives in a group facility, as he has no alternative residence.  While he is dealing with very difficult circumstances, he never complains about what he’s going through and maintains a positive attitude.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $7,000 custom-built manual wheelchair to Leroy at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis on Wednesday, July 20. Leroy’s previous wheelchair was in severe disrepair, and he didn’t have the means to purchase a new wheelchair on his own.  He was identified as a candidate for the Wheelchair Donation Program by the Miami Herald’s Wishbook.  The chair will now allow Leroy to be much more comfortable as he continues to fight his illness with determination and will allow him to continue his work with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.


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Dylan Steinwand Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Dylan Steinwand
Age: 9
Residence: Brandon, FL.

Story: Dylan suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a very progressive form of Muscular Dystrophy and also the most severe type. He has been spending his days in a manual wheelchair, but because he is unable to propel himself, he always requires someone to push him. He is still able to take a few steps with a walker on his own, but in a few months, that will no longer be possible for him. The need for a power chair is very high. His health insurance had also recently denied him for a power chair.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $38,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Dylan at the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola in Daytona, Florida. While at the race, Dylan had the opportunity to meet and talk to many of NASCAR’s biggest stars, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kenny Wallace, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, and the race champion David Ragan. The new chair will allow Dylan to move around by himself and keep up with his friends. The donation by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will provide him with much more independence!


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Eduardo Reyes Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Eduardo Reyes
Age: 21
Residence: Fullerton, CA.

Story: Eduardo is diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. His previous wheelchair was having many mechanical issues and needed to be repaired, but because he is 21, he no longer qualified for California Children’s Services insurance coverage. Stuck in a difficult position, Eduardo needed a new chair. Without the means to obtain a chair on his own, he needed help from someone to improve his quality of life.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $20,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Eduardo at the unveiling of the Day Family Classic Cars Museum. The wheelchair was themed to match the 2011 Mustang GT 500 Convertible that was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in Orange County on June, 25. The team at West Coast Customs customized the chair, matching it with the car to create a very unique wheelchair. With the new wheelchair and gift of mobility from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Eduardo plans to enroll in vocation school with hopes of finding a job and becoming more independent.



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Jaermaine Fairweather Wheelchair Donation RecipientName: Jermaine Fairweather
Age: 25
Residence: Bronx, N.Y.

Story: In January of 2007, Jermaine was enjoying a night out with friends when he tragically robbed and shot for the jewelry he was wearing.  While Jermaine has a very loving family, he has no money for care and thus has been living in a state run nursing facility since the injury occurred.  He is currently living on a $30 a month allowance, and the nursing home takes every dollar he receives via insurance, so he has no way to obtain a wheelchair on his own.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $6,700 custom-built manual wheelchair to Jermaine at the Racer Appreciation Party hosted by Englishtown Raceway on June 2, 2011. The new chair will allow his wounds to properly heal, as the generic chair he was using at the nursing facility wasn’t designed to help him heal. The chair will allow Jermaine to continue his college education, where he is studying to become an electrical engineer technician. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys going to church, playing wheelchair basketball and baseball, and writing poetry.  The wheelchair will provide Jermaine with a much higher quality of life!



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Jonathon Gonzalez Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Jonathan Gonzalez
Age: 24
Residence: Bronx, N.Y.

Story: On December 30, 2007 Jonathon’s life was forever changed. While he was standing on the steps outside of his home, he was tragically shot, leaving him a severe quadriplegic. The gunman was never found, and due to his scarce financial resources, he will probably never be able live outside of his nursing home, let alone buy his own wheelchair. Through all of this, Jonathon has an extremely positive attitude, and enjoys lifting the spirits of the others living with him in the nursing home.

 

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $36,500 custom-built power wheelchair to Jermaine on the track at the NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, New Jersey on June, 5 2011. With the extent of Jonathon’s injury, he was 100% dependent on others for mobility before the donation of his new chair. Jonathon put what a new wheelchair would mean to him in words...”Getting a new wheelchair would help me a lot, in the sense that it enables me to regain some type of independence for myself. Instead of having people push me around in a regular manual chair, which gets really uncomfortable. My current chair is old and beat up, it’s a loaner so it was not made to fit me especially on top and it breaks down all the time. Also batteries die almost instantly and that is a huge pain because I can’t go long distances because I’m so afraid of getting stranded. I always need help and a push.” Needless to say, this wheelchair will provide Jermaine with a much higher quality of life and allow him to see his son grow up!



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Christopher Torres Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Christopher Torres
Age: 12
Residence: Miami, Fla.

Story: Diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, Christopher had been spending his days in a makeshift wheelchair created from a kitchen chair, a little wood, and wheels. The chair offered no support and made life even more difficult for Christopher. His family’s insurance does not allow for family medical equipment, making a wheelchair far too expensive for them to obtain on their own. Out of love and desperation, his father built this homemade wheelchair for his son.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated an $8,600 custom-built manual wheelchair to Christopher on stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm beach on April 9, 2011. Decorated with a Miami HEAT theme, the wheelchair’s tilt feature will allow Christopher to rest when he is stuck in places for an extended period of time. The wheelchair will also provide him with the support his previous chair lacked. He will now be able to move in and out of places easily. The wheelchair will provide Christopher with a much higher quality of life!



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Genesis Cagle Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Genesis Cagle
Age: 11
Residence: Tampa, Fla.

Story: Diagnosed with Spina Bifida, Genesis needed a new wheelchair to offer her more mobility and independence. Genesis hopes one day to become a vet, as she loves dogs and the family has a Chihuahua. Her current wheelchair made her tired, as it was difficult for her to propel long distances. A former recipient of the Wheelchair Donation Program, Angelica Perez, told her that the Darrell Gwynn Foundation would be there to help.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $15,000 custom-built manual wheelchair with E-Motion wheels to Genesis on March 13, 2011 at Gainesville Raceway. The E-Motion wheels, a special feature, will enable Genesis to travel a much longer distance and give her 5x the distance a push on her previous wheelchair would have given her. It will allow her to keep up with her two younger sisters. The wheelchair, decorated in a Twilight Eclipse Theme, will certainly be a hit amongst her friends.



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Luis Rivera, Jr. Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Luis Rivera, Jr.
Age: 30
Residence: Davie, Fla.

Story: At 23 years old, Luis was hit by a car. He was left with a traumatic brain injury, late effects of a Cerebrovascular Accident, which also lead to a seizure disorder. Luis is also unable to speak. Luis was spending his days in a manual chair, as insurance was continually denying his request for a power chair. He has no function of his right arm, which makes pushing his manual chair very difficult. For him to be able to maneuver his manual chair, he has to use his left foot to push himself backwards.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $16,000 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) John Cena themed custom-built power wheelchair to Luis at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Gala. The new wheelchair will make it much safer for him to exit his home, as the exit ramp is very steep and makes it difficult to control his manual wheelchair. With his new independence, he will be able to attend school and also get a job.



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Name: Tyrone Smith
Age: 40
Residence: West Palm Beach, Fla.

Story: Tyrone was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He now lives at the Wood Lake Nursing Center in West Palm beach, Fla.Although he receives great care there, he did not have access to a power wheelchair which would allow him to leave the nursing home at his leisure and live a more normal life. At one time he had access to a power wheelchair at another nursing home, but he became ill and was hospitalized. He lost his spot at that facility and his power wheelchair. Tyrone had to go through the agony of not only losing the use of his legs, but losing the use of a power wheelchair after.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $16,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Tyrone at the Wood Lake Nursing Center. An elated Tyrone said, "The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is wonderful. I feel like I got my legs back." The new wheelchair will allow him to get around the nursing home without the help of nurses, allow him to travel down the street to his favorite barber shop, visit his family frequently and just be more independent in general.

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Kyle Darroch Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Kyle Darroch
Age: 11
Residence: Longwood, Fla.

Story: Kyle is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and his old wheelchair was uncomfortable for him. His mobility was very limited, it was a challenge for him to keep up with his classmates and school and he was not able to travel or get out of the house much to do all the fun things someone his age should be able to do. He was not able to acquire a new wheelchair through his health insurance provider.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $16,000 custom-built power wheelchair to Kyle at the Spectracide Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. Joined by several NASCAR Drivers including Max Papis, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle just to name a few. Kyle received his new life-changing wheelchair that will give him the gift of mobility, allow him to keep up with his classmates at school and travel more. Speaking of traveling...Kyle, a huge Orlando Magic fan, was given a Orlando Magic themed wheelchair and the Orlando Magic also donated 4 tickets to a game for Kyle and his family. With his new wheelchair he will be able to travel to his first Magic game.

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Carlos Saez Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Carlos Saez
Age: 32
Residence: Miami, Fla.
Diagnosis: Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Story: Carlos was working in a wheelchair at the University of Miami Medical Center that was provided by Medicaid, but failed to meet his needs. The wheelchair was often broken leading to Carlos preferring to use an older wheelchair with even less features that he needed. Carlos met Darrell Gwynn Foundation Co-Founder and Vice President Lisa Gwynn, whom also works at the University of Miami Medical Center and their Lisa learned of his needs for a new wheelchair.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation stepped in a provided Carlos with a brand new custom-built wheelchair valued at $16,000 that included power tilt, Supracor cushion seating with hip guides and an ergo back and a custom joystick. The donation was made at the 11th Full Throttle Show of Shows and Darrell Gwynn was joined by NHRA legend Joe Amato for the presentation. Carlos is a graduate of the University of Florida and his wheelchair was decorated in a Florida Gators theme.

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Erasmo Portillo Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Erasmo Portillo
Age: 15
Residence: Chandler, Ariz.
Diagnosis: Spina Bifida

Story: Erasmo had outgrown his wheelchair and his state funded Insurance program was maxed out and his physical therapy services had been denied. His insurance was only willing to make adjustments to his chair, not provide him with a new one. His physical therapist recommended that he acquire a power wheelchair to enhance the quality of his life. Erasmo was patient at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and after being contacted by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation inquiring of any patients in need of new equipment, the Cardon Medical Center referred Erasmo to the foundation.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $16,000 custom-built power wheelchair with features such as power tilt, a Sunrise Jay 2 Cushion and Ergo Back with laterals. The chair was given a soccer theme as Erasmo is a fan of the Mexican National Soccer team. The presentation was made live on SPEED Channel at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.

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Allison Kerns Wheelchair Donation Recipient Name: Allison Kerns
Age: 5
Residence: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Diagnosis: Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Story: Allison is a smart, fun-loving five-year-old. Known for being outgoing, Allison is currently seeking her second year as Goodwill Ambassador of Florida for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She attends kindergarten at Shore Acres Elementary School and she loves to play with her friends, have sleepovers and visit Disney World. She also has an affinity for fairies.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: Allison had outgrown her wheelchair and melted the hearts of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation when her mother told us she was going to ask Santa Claus for a new wheelchair for Christmas. Not qualifying for a new wheelchair through her health insurance, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation stepped in and presented to Allison on behalf of its donors a custom built $18,000 power wheelchair with a "fairy theme". Her parents kept it a surprise and in a ceremony at her elementary school with her family and friends at hand, Allison’s new wheelchair was unveiled. Elated and thankful, Allison gave us an even better gift; an adorable smile and appreciation for our gesture that we'll never forget!!

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Gabriel Vergara Name: Gabriel Vergara
Age: 29
Residence: Miami, Fla.
Diagnosis: Muscular Dystrophy

Story: Gabriel is an active volunteer at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His work with the MDA involves mentoring, participating in fundraising events and public speaking. His role with the MDA is something he really enjoys. Gabriel moved to Miami from Columbia after obtaining a degree in microbiology. He has a dream to further his education at Florida International University in Miami with hopes to become a university professor. With no means of income due to his disability, Gabriel could not afford health insurance and was unable to obtain a life-changing wheelchair that would allow him to go back to school and in his words, "obtain gainful employment to become a productive member of society and self-sufficient."

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation presented a new customized $18,000 wheelchair to Gabriel at its annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. At the event Gabriel had the opportunity to meet and mingle with 18 NASCAR Drivers including the likes of Carl Edwards, Darrell Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Max Papis, Martin Truex, Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Joe Nemecheck, Regan Smith, Greg Sacks, Jamie McMurray, Bobby Labonte, Richard Childress, Bobby Allison, Kenny Schrader and J.J. Yehley. A very thankful Gabriel told Darrell Gwynn at the event. "I want you to know Darrell, when you go to bed tonight... that you helped change someone's life today. And I can't thank you enough for what you've done."

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Herminio Escalona Name: Herminio Escalona
Age: 44
Residence: Hialeah, Fla.
Diagnosis: Medula Compression Causing Paralysis

Story: Hermino suffered a medulla compression in a car accident at age 42. In that moment his whole life would change as the accident left Herminio a quadriplegic. Adding to the tragedy, Herminio's insurance policy was cancelled just 10 days before the accident leaving him no means to cover his medical expenses. Herminio's loving sister Nirelenis became his caretaker, but the lack of a power wheelchair made it a difficult process for her to move Herminio around so he could attend therapy and get out more and live a better quality of life.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation presented Herminio with a $17,000 custom power wheelchair in front of a sold out Miami HEAT crowd at AmericanAirlinesArena. The presentation took place at halftime of a Miami HEAT game and Miami HEAT star Udonis Haslem joined the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Herminio for the presentation. Hermino, a big HEAT fan, had the opportunity to see his first HEAT game since the accident, meet Udonis Haslem and appear on the court at halftime in his new "Miami HEAT" themed wheelchair. The new wheelchair will allow Herminio and his sister more mobility so he can do things such as attend HEAT games in the future.

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Matthew Palacios  Name: Matthew Palacios
Age: 8
Residence: Miami Lakes, Fla.
Diagnosis: Spina Bifida

Story: Matthew was born with the most severe type of spina bifida and needed a new wheelchair to enhance the quality of his life. Already in his young life, Matthew has inspired many to improve the quality of his life. The City of Miami Lakes designated and named a park that is wheelchair accessible after him called the "Matthew Palacios Boundless Park". Matthew also inspired his mother, Florencia Palacios to start her own not-for-profit foundation to help disabled children.

The Donation by Darrell Gwynn Foundation: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $16,000 custom built "X-Men themed" wheelchair to 8-year old Matthew at Optimist Park’s "Matthew Palacios Boundless Playground" during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Matthew's custom wheelchair includes a standing feature which offers Matthew more independence. The wheelchair donation presentation included a special visit and performance for Matthew by X-Men character "Wolverine". Matthew is a fan of the X-Men comic series. "Wolverine" performed many acrobatic tricks for Matthew during the presentation and helped create a day that Matthew will never forget.

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Claudio Nelersa Dear Mrs. Gwynn,

I hope you have a blessed Christmas together with your wonderful family.

Last year I had the privilege of receiving the Darrell Gwynn foundation's generous donation of a power chair, and things have improved very much for me because of that. I've graduated with a PhD in molecular biology and I am now working in Daniel Leibl's lab at the Miami Project, and my stamina and independence have improved a lot.

I am extremely grateful for your generous gift, and I pray that your family will be blessed with good health and prosperity for the Holidays and the New Year.

Sincerely yours,
Claudiu Nelersa, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis





Lewis Taylor Dear everyone at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation,

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the state-of-the art power wheelchair that the Darrell Gwynn Foundation gave our son, Lewis. Lewis is busy figuring out the controls and loves to go up and down in his new chair. We really believe this chair will provide Lewis with so much more independence than his manual chair. Kids at the park are in awe of his “ride” and they want to try it! More good news- a pediatrician Heather’s father knows recently donated a full-size van with a lift to our family to enable us to go on outings with the chair as a family!

We had such a great time at the Barrett-Jackson auction. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has changed our lives forever! We can't wait to watch Lewis grow and explore his world in his own customized power chair. We really can't thank you enough!

Thank you all so much!

Love,
Wade, Heather, Wilson, Anna & Lewis!



Randy Simone Dear Mr. Gwynn,

I would like to thank you again so much for the new chair. I’m no longer in pain when I sit in my chair for long periods of time. Thanks to you, everyone keeps calling me a “celebrity.” I just think it’s amazing that someone like you would go out of your way to GIVE people wheelchairs when they can’t get one of their own. I also wanted to tell you that, for years I’ve tried to figure out what I could do when I grow up but now that I’ve met you, I know what I want to do. I want to do what you do; I want to help others like me. Basically, you’ve become my role model.

Your Friend,
Randy Simone



Brian Robinson Hello Darrell, Erica, and team:

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your fantastic team at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. To say I feel sincerely blessed would be a gross understatement. The caring and encouragement I felt from your team at the 2010 Gator Nationals on Sunday, March 14th, was truly amazing. From the time I was told I was approved, to the time of the presentation of the$25,000 Powerchair, your foundation has been first class. I was amazed at the quick and precise fashion at which everything happened. I guess it makes sense as that is how a winning Racing Team operates! It has certainly changed my life. I guess as I heard your mother say you do "Win with Gwynn"!

Before, I would spend most of my time attempting to be comfortable in a scooter that had not met my needs medically for quite sometime. Now, because of the great work of Angel at DMR and being provided the tilt and recline features that I have long needed, has been absolutely terrific. It allows me to relieve the back pain at anytime by just adjusting the seat. Also, having the seat elevator helps with transfers and adjusting to table heights wherever I may go.

If there is anything I can take away from this experience it's that there is hope even when it may not seem like it's possible. Everybody needs to know that there are wonderful organizations like yours that exist to help less fortunate individuals. Personally, I am looking forward to being much more productive person.

Please feel free to call on me if there is anything I can do to further the cause of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. I am anxious to "pay it forward".

Sincerely yours,
Brian Robinson
Juno Beach, FL




Dear Meghan,

On behalf of all of us at Canine Companions for Independence, I want to express heartfelt thanks for The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s generous donation of a new power wheelchair.

As you can imagine, it is essential to the success of our program that our trainers have access to the most up-to-date equipment so they can properly train our future assistance dogs to be excellent canine partners for children and adults with disabilities.

The majority of the candidates who visit our campus to go through training to receive their assistance dogs use modern equipment like the power chair the Gwynn Foundation donated to our organization. In the past, we had to rely on using manual wheelchairs to train the dogs for their future jobs as canine companions. However, now our trainers can prepare the dogs to interact with and respond to a modernized wheelchair, which will help them further develop the important skills needed to be a valuable companion to a person with a disability.

We really cannot thank all of you enough at The Darrell Gwynn Foundation for your immense kindness and generosity.

Warmest regards,
Jennifer Trombino
Development Associate
Canine Companions for Independence, Southeast Region