GM Mobility visits Craig Hospital for annual Motorsports Day
DENVER, July 17, 2003 - Over 100 special-interest vehicles including street rods, race cars, muscle cars and restoration vehicles, many with hand controls for persons with disabilities, were on display yesterday at the 11th annual Motorsports Day at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. Hundreds of race fans from throughout the Denver metropolitan area attended the event which also featured the Darrell Gwynn/Berryman Racing/GM Mobility Top Fuel dragster driven by Cory McClenathan, and a wide assortment of upfitted vehicles provided by GM Mobility.
"GM Mobility is proud to be a part of this year's annual Motorsports Day at Craig Hospital," said Ray Bush, marketing manager for GM Mobility. "Craig Hospital is recognized throughout the world for their outstanding work in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, and over the last decade, this great facility has established a wonderful tradition with their annual Motorsports Day. Anyone who appreciates the roar and thunder of racing, and the magnificence of classic cars, would appreciate the wide array of vehicles on display here today."
In an effort to help improve the lives of individuals with disabilities, GM and GM dealers nationwide launched the GM Mobility Program in 1991. The primary purpose of GM Mobility is to meet the needs of people with disabilities and the senior population by improving the accessibility of GM vehicles, improving the quality and performance of vehicles modified by aftermarket mobility upfitters, and communicating the Mobility Reimbursement Program and product benefits to GM dealers and customers. The GM Mobility Reimbursement Program provides up to $1,000 toward the cost of mobility adaptive equipment.
Since 2001, GM Mobility has been an associate sponsor on the Darrell Gwynn Top Fuel Racing team. This Sunday at the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, GM Mobility will provide 35 reserved tickets for Craig Hospital guests with disabilities.
"There are over 54 million Americans that have some form of disability that may affect their mobility," said Bush. "Darrell, Cory and the entire Gwynn Racing team have done an outstanding job promoting the message and purpose of GM Mobility, and the services we provide to those individuals with a disability."
Since 1956, Craig Hospital has treated more than 23,500 patients - more spinal cord injuries than any other hospital in the world. Craig has been rated every year in the Top Ten Rehabilitation Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report since the ratings began 13 years ago. In 2002, patients came to Craig from all 50 states and several foreign countries to take advantage of the hospital's expertise, experience and caring environment.
During yesterday's activities at Motorsports Day, the Darrell Gwynn Racing Team and Sunrise Medical presented a power wheelchair to 17-year-old Carrie Koch of Topeka, Kan. Carrie suffered a spinal cord injury in April of this year and is currently in rehab at Craig Hospital. She plans to enroll this fall at the University of Kansas and will be recognized at Bandimere Speedway on Friday, July 18, prior to the evening professional qualifying session.