Darrell Gwynn Foundation
4850 SW 52nd. St.
Davie, FL 33314
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation exists to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and Ultimately a CURE for Paralysis
In 1990, Darrell Gwynn was at the height of his career as a professional race car driver. Then, on a test run in England, an accident -- a freak one by racing standards -- left him paralyzed with a devastating spinal cord injury.
Initially, there was concern if Darrell would even survive his injuries at all. He careened from one medical crisis to another, taking his family and loved ones along on that same wrenching, emotional roller-coaster ride. Then, when the imminent dangers had passed, Darrell arrived at the forefront of living life in the wake of a paralyzing spinal cord injury.
Ironically, less than six months earlier Darrell had chosen The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as his personal charity, and he had already begun assisting them in raising funding for spinal cord injury research. Darrell Gwynn clearly recalls personally placing their logos on his race car, never then dreaming that within a few short months his future would be in their hands.
A number of years have passed since the fateful day Darrell was paralyzed. In that time, his compassion for victims of spinal cord injuries, and respect for the families and friends of those standing behind them has grown immeasurably. Darrell has learned that hope, encouragement and determination aided by education, are among the keys in creating a meaningful, satisfying life despite physical obstacles.
Darrell Gwynn feels lucky. He has a wonderful family and an amazing collection of friends and business associates who share in his commitment to build a better future for those with spinal cord injuries and other central nervous system disorders. Significantly, there has never been a time of more important and promising research to find a cure for spinal cord paralysis then right now.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) was created in 2002 to help aid that critical research by raising funds for that purpose. In addition to supporting various worthwhile research initiatives, DGF concerns itself with Quality of Life issues for those with spinal cord injuries.
Darrell Gwynn's life, both before and after his spinal cord injury, has surrounded professional auto racing. Surprisingly, there are similarities between side-by-side competition at more than 300 miles-per-hour, and the quest to cure spinal cord injuries. Both are expensive. Both are ultimately competitions against the clock. And with adequate funding, technical expertise and dedication, both can be won.
There's an old saying in auto racing, "It's not where you start, but where you finish." That's also true of living life with a spinal cord injury. The race to find a cure for paralysis from spinal cord injury is well underway. With continuing help, Darrell Gwynn and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation are certain that race will one day be won.
Founded in 2002 by Champion Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for paralysis. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for an established Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature in 2006. 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. 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 model Patient Assitance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assitance Fund also supports the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally the foundation provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. 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. For more information please visit darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation.