DGF Donates $10,000 to Speediactrics Unit at Halifax Hospital

February 28th, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated $10,000 to the Speediatrics Unit at Halifax Hopsital during the Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 21. The donation was made through the foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.


Proceeds from the Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament were used for the donation.

Speediactrics is fun-filled racing themed enviroment helping children to a speedy recovery through a unique combination of caring, commitment and kindness, all with a NASCAR theme. The NASCAR Foundation Chairperson and Speediatrics founder Betty Jane France envisioned a place where kids are not intimidated by the overwhelming experience of being in the hospital. As a program of The NASCAR Foundation, the mission of Speediatrics is to create a healing environment where kids always come first.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has had a long history of supporting Speediactrics as the units in both Daytona Beach and Homestead, Fla. have been benefactors of Hot Rods & Reels for nearly a decade. Darrell Gwynn, several times, has visited the children in the hospital to lift their sprits over the years.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation operates a Patient Assistance Fund which helps patients get the tools they need as they recover from a spinal cord injury.

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 darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundationor follow @gwynnfoundation. 




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