PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Hakam Daley, a 21 year-old from Port St. Lucie, Fla., received an $18,000 custom power wheelchair from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, at St. Lucie West Centennial High School during a special presentation on Wednesday, May 8. The donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program. The foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
Hakam’s old wheelchair was deteriorating and the batteries no longer hold a charge leaving Hakam without any mobility. His old wheelchair is also too small. Hakam, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, was abandoned as a child by his mother, but has grown up to be a very charismatic student in high school where he was voted Homecoming King at St. Lucie West Centennial High School last fall. His new wheelchair will allow him to complete high school and find a job that “utilizes all of the gifts that God gave him” he says.
“Words can not express how much this gift means to me,” said Daley. “I will carry the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in my heart forever.”
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation also made an Education & Prevention Program presentation at St. Lucie Centennial High School on Wednesday. The presentation sent DGF Speaker Fred Sandberg, whom is confined to a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury , to the high school to teach the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to a spinal cord injury. Also in attendance giving a powerful and emotional testimony of how teenagers driving under the influence killed his daughter and inflicted a spinal cord injury on his son was Dave Johnson. The powerful presentation left a lasting impact on the students in attendance.
Joining DGF at St. Lucie West Centennial High School was AT&T’s No Texting While Driving Simulator which gives high school students a chance to see the disastrous results of distracted driving through a simulator.