DAVIE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation announced the formation of a new advisory council created to enhance the foundation’s efforts to serve the spinal cord injury community. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
“This is a very special and important council we’ve established,” said Dr. Lisa Gwynn, co-founder of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF). “Darrell and I know first-hand the impact a spinal cord injury can have on an individual and their family. It’s very important for us to get even more people involved in the foundation who are living with paralysis to offer their perspective as well on how we can best help the spinal cord injury community we are committed to serving.”
The advisory council will assist the foundation in continuing its mission while growing and improving the level of support DGF provides to the spinal cord injury community. The advisory council consists of individuals and families living with spinal cord injuries and other permanent forms paralysis as well as professionals in the medical community. The council will periodically be called upon to offer opinions, expertise and a first-hand point of view intended to guide the foundation.
Primary Functions of the Committee:
- Assist the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in developing and implementing new programs and initiatives.
- Provide input on materials produced and published by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation including brochures, websites, program applications and content, etc.
- Assist in recruitment of applicants for wheelchair donation program and members of the DGF Speaker’s Bureau (members of the advisory council may also serve on the DGF Speaker’s Bureau).
- Represent the Darrell Gwynn Foundation at SCI/disability related events.
- Serve along with members of the DGF Board of Directors and DGF Staff on the programs committee.
- Attend DGF events.
- Assist with programs and initiatives related to Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week.
Charter Members of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Advisory Council:
- Bob Abdellah – Board Chair, Board of Director, Darrell Gwynn Foundation
- Dr. Stephen Olvey – Board Member, Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Director, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit/Jackson Memorial Hospital
- Dr. Lisa Gwynn – Co-Founder, Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Medical Director of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic Program & Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
- Micah Moreno – Program Services Coordinator, Darrell Gwynn Foundation – Staff Chair
- Ryan Gebauer -SCI Survivor, DGF Education & Prevention Program Speaker
- Alan T. Brown – SCI Survivor, Director of Public Impact – Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
- Sabrina Cohen -SCI Survivor, DGF Education & Prevention Program Speaker, Founder – Sabrina Cohen Foundation
- David Johnson -Parent of SCI Survivor
- Claudiu Nelersa, PhD -SCI Survivor, DGF Wheelchair Donation Program Recipient, Postdoctoral Associate – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
- Justin Stark – SCI Survivor, Director – Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center
About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports two Speediatrics Units the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for and established a National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida. With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries and living with paralysis. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation.