Are you in the market for a new or pre-owned car this holiday season? In order to celebrate the season of giving, Sawgrass Ford is bringing back the “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” promotion with a donation of $100 for every vehicle purchased or leased in December to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to support its Wheelchair Donation Program.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
“This is an amazing gesture by David Menten and Sawgrass Ford to help us help a child in need this holiday season for the second year in a row,” said president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Darrell Gwynn. “It’s great to see this kind of community involvement by a wonderful community business like Sawgrass Ford. I encourage everyone who needs a new ride to visit Sawgrass Ford to see their incredible selection of new and used vehicles and help a child in need get the new ride they desperately need, a new power wheelchair giving them the gifts of mobility, freedom and independence.”
This year, Sawgrass Ford has teamed up with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to raise enough funds to purchase 2-year old Lisa Marie Garcia Fernandez of Miami a power wheelchair that she desperately needs. She was born with arthogryposis, which has led to a contracture of all 4 limbs leaving Lisa unable to walk or propel a manual wheelchair. Currently, Lisa either lies on the floor or sits in a stroller which does not provide adequate support. A custom power wheelchair will allow Lisa the freedom and mobility to interact with others and begin to develop as a typical 2-year old.
“If we can reach our goal and purchase one motorized wheelchair, we will have made a huge difference in Lisa and her family’s life, says Sawgrass Ford president David Menten. “December seems life a perfect month to do it.”
The average cost of a power wheelchair is $25,000 and often health insurance and Medicaid will not provide them for individuals in need. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation operates a national Wheelchair Donation Program, which donates custom power wheelchairs to individuals facing medical and financial hardships whom have exhausted all other means of obtaining the power wheelchair they need. These power wheelchair donations give individuals living with spinal cord injuries or an affliction that causes paralysis and their families the gifts of mobility, freedom and independence allowing children to go back to school, be more self-sufficient and live happier, more fulfilling lives.
If enough funds are raised in December, a wheelchair donation presentation to an individual in need will take place at Sawgrass Ford in early January 2014 on behalf of Sawgrass Ford and its commitment to the community.
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