DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION HITS A HIGH NOTE AT CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400 AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WITH WHEELCHAIR DONATION Seven-year-old to receive new power wheelchair during pre-race ceremony Davie, FL (September 3, 2007): The...
DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION HITS A HIGH NOTE AT CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400 AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WITH WHEELCHAIR DONATION
Seven-year-old to receive new power wheelchair during pre-race ceremony
Davie, FL (September 3, 2007): The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is about to give a Richmond seven year old a much-needed back to school gift. DGF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and support of spinal cord injury victims, will donate a new power wheelchair to Mitchell "Corran" Hale. The presentation of this life-changing donation will take place on stage during the pre-race ceremonies at this year's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8th. In addition, Chevy Racing is providing a VIP day for Corran and his family, including race tickets, corporate hospitality, and a guided tour of the NASCAR garage area where Corran can see his favorite drivers and race cars.
Although Corran has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, his family has tried to make his life as normal as possible. He participates in several outdoor water activities, including boating and tubing. He also loves the Power Rangers.
"Corran is the perfect example of someone who has not let a disability limit his everyday life," said Darrell Gwynn, president and founder of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. "Just like any other boy his age he loves sports and being outdoors. You almost forget that he even has a disability when you hear about all of the activities he does. And with the help of Chevy Racing and Richmond International Raceway, we are going to give him a gift that will allow him to excel even more in his adventures and an experience he will long remember."
But despite Corran's level of activity, he needs a power wheelchair for mobility. His smaller arms are too short to move long distances in his current manual chair. Unfortunately, his insurance will not provide him with a power chair and his current manual chair is old and simply worn out.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. The foundation works to help improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury and illness by providing necessary equipment or special services. The presentation to Corran Hale is one in a series of national donations the Foundation will present throughout the year. DGF has partnered with the Easter Seals Foundation to help identify recipients for the Wheelchair Donation Program.
Camp Easter Seals Virginia has also had a significant impact on Corran's life. During a recent trip, he took part in canoeing, horseback riding and archery. The counselors are familiar with Corran's needs and make accommodations so that he can actively participate in all of the Camp activities.
About The Darrell Gwynn Foundation
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is a certified non-profit 501(c)3 Agency. DGF exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research. DGF is also dedicated to injury prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children. The Foundation helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special services. DGF is an official charity of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and has a close affiliation with NASCAR and the NASCAR Foundation. Additional information about DGF is found at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.
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About Richmond International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway is a 112,029-seat facility that is a longtime favorite among fans, drivers, sponsors and the media. The track is a ¾-mile long, D-shaped oval that produces some of the most exciting side-by-side racing in all of motorsports. Each season, each of the track's races are held "under the lights," including two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, two NASCAR Busch Series races, one IndyCar® Series event, one USAC Silver Crown Series event and one USAC National Sprint Car Series event. The track's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races are annual sellouts and its NASCAR Busch Series crowds are among the largest the series races in front of all season long. For the fourth straight season, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will be the last race that decides which drivers make NASCAR's playoff-style Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. After the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, only the top 12 drivers in the points standings will be eligible to win the championship, but they will battle a full field of drivers over the last 10 races to determine a champion.