DGF to Host Annual “Track Walk For Those Who Can’t” at Gatornationals, March 17

March 5th, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day will also bring one lucky race fan a cash prize from DGF’s Bump 50:50 Drawing

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will host its annual “Track Walk For Those Who Can’t” at the Amalie Oil Gatornationals at the Gainesville Raceway on Sunday, March 17 at 9:30 a.m. During pre-race ceremonies following the track walk the foundation will donate two custom wheelchairs to individuals in need. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

Adding to the excitement in Gainesville will be the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will hold a Bump 50:50 Drawing throughout the race weekend, where race fans can purchase drawing tickets for a chance to win a large cash prize. Drawing tickets can be purchased at the Gainesville Raceway or online at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org. Drawing tickets are 3 tickets for $5, 10 for $10, 35 for $20, 100 for $50. Racefans should look for DGF Volunteers wearing red shirts to purchase their tickets for a chance to win big on St. Patrick’s Day, a fine day to be lucky! The drawing for the winner will take place on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m.

NHRA fans are invited to walk on the historic Gainesville Raceway track, meet their favorite NHRA Drivers and help the Darrell Gwynn Foundation Give the Gift of Mobility by supporting its Wheelchair Donation Program. Track Walk tickets can be purchased for a $20 donation to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation merchandise trailer located behind the Top Eliminator Grandstand at the Gainesville Raceway. NHRA Drivers that have participated in the track walk in the past include John Force, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Antron Brown, Tony Schumaker, Cory McClenathan, Johnny Gray, Matt Hagan, Larry Dixon, Brandon Bernstein and many more!

“The track walk has been one of my favorite events and we appreicate the support of NHRA fans,” said Darrell Gwynn. “Each donation helps us give the gift of mobility and donate another wheelchair to an individual that was denied by their health insurance the proper wheelchair they need. It’s a great opportunity to meet drivers and walk down a historic racetrack. We’re looking forward to another fun event.”

Race fans will also have the opportunity to purchase memorablia from the Kenny Bernstein Racing Collection at the Amalie Oil Gatornationals as the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s merchandise trailer will be on the grounds, located behind the Top Eiliminator Club. Last year at the Gatornationals, Kenny Bernstein donated his entire treasure trove of racing memoraibalia to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to support its mission. Art, jewelry, jackets, crew shirts, collectibale parts, novelties, diecasts, fan apparel, trading cards and print collectibles from the collection will be available for sale at the racetrack. Race fans can view the full catalogue online at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, will donate two custom wheelchairs to individuals in need. DGF will donate a $26,000 custom power wheelchair to Wesley Johnson, a 27 year-old from Jacksonville, Fla. Wesley was injured in a car accident in 2011 and sustained a spinal cord injury. He currently uses a maunal wheelchair but because he has lost partial use of his hands he cannot propel himself. Medicaid denied his claim for a power wheelchair. The new wheelchair donated by DGF will give him a titlt function to improve his overall health and the power mobility he needs to improve his independence.

In addition, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will donate a $7,000 custom manual wheelchair to Zynetta Johnson, a 30 year-old from Jacksonville, Fla. Zynetta sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 1998. Her current wheelchair is in very poor condition and in disrepair limiting her mobility. Her seat cushion is also worn out and recently led to her being hospitalized for a bed sore. She is unable to afford a new wheelchair. The donation by DGF will not only restore her mobility and improve her health, but allow Zynetta to go back to work as a graphic designer for Bank of America and complete her education an complete her degree in computer engineering.

Create Your Own Race Team for the Track Walk!

Help Us Help Them by creating your own race team for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Track Walk For Those Who Can’t. Here’s your chance to create a race team, invite your friends to join and pledge donations toward the Track Walk For Those Who Can’t. Whether you or your friends raise $1 or $1000, all proceeds will help us support people living with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries. Even if you can’t participate in the Track Walk, here’s a fun way to make a difference and give the gift of mobility! Click here to start today: http://bit.ly/wOdQkV


For more information on how you can help give the gift of mobility please visit: 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. 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. The foundation also lobbied and established 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.





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