DGF Awards $5,000 Patient Assistance Fund Grant to Brooks Rehabiliation

January 30th, 2014

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital Awarded $5,000 Patient Assistance Fund Grant from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for its Advocacy Efforts During Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week

Brooks_RehabilitationDAVIE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation announced today that is has awarded Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital of Jacksonville, Fla. a $5,000 Patient Assistance Fund Grant for its advocacy efforts during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW) in 2013. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation offered 12 designated rehabilitation hospitals in Florida a chance to submit a proposal and engage in SCIAW activities in an effort to develop more awareness of spinal cord injuries and ways to prevent them. This marks the second consecutive year that Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital has earned the grant with its contributions to Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

“Brooks Rehabilitation continues to demonstrate its dedication to our shared mission,” said Darrell Gwynn Foundation co-founder Dr. Lisa Gwynn. “Their participation in SCIAW really helps get our message of awareness and prevention communicated around the State of Florida. For the second year in a row, they showed great creativity and passion in their proposal, to engage in SCIAW. They have become a great partner for our SCIAW campaign.”

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation lobbied for and secured official adoption of SCIAW by the Florida State Legislature in 2006 and each year since. The week consist of a multitude of power wheelchair donations, spinal cord injury prevention presentations in high schools, a statewide PSA campaign and special events all designed to support people with paralysis, create awareness of spinal cord injuries and ultimately educate Floridians on ways to prevent spinal cord injuries.

In an effort to expand the outreach during this week, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation annually sponsors  a contest amongst 12 of the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers designated by the Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program. Each of the centers invited to participate were asked to produce a comprehensive written proposal describing a program that can be executed during future SCIAW’s to promote a partnership between the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and the rehab center and to encourage rehab center participation statewide.

For more information on Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week and how you can get involved please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org

Give the Gift of Mobility: https://darrellgwynnfoundation.org/the-gift-of-mobility.php  

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 facing medical and financial hardships. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado and Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. 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. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a demonstration of its commitment to transparency. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundationor follow @gwynnfoundation. 




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