To raise awareness for our mission, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation lobbied for and secured official adoption of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week by the Florida State Legislature in 2006 and each year since. A state resolution was passed officially designating a week in November for this campaign. The resolution charges the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to create awareness of spinal cord injuries, educate the public on how to prevent them and inform the public on how they can support those with spinal cord injuries.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is dedicated to educating the community, particularly high school students, about spinal cord injuries by sending speakers in wheelchairs to high schools in Florida to provide facts and statistics about such injuries as well as common-sense ways to prevent them through the foundation's Education & Prevention Program. The foundation spearheaded establishment of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida as a platform for achieving its ultimate goal to reduce the number of spinal cord injuries.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation also makes several wheelchair donations through its wheelchair donation program during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week at large events including Miami HEAT games, Miami Dolphins' Games, Florida Panthers' Games, Orlando Magic Games, concerts, NASCAR's Championship Drive Festival and the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway as well as smaller gatherings such as a wheelchair recipient's school or public parks or plazas with the wheelchair recipient's family and friends. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has also made significant donations to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis' research efforts during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Since 2006, the week has culminated with the annual Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is the leading advocate for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Click Here for a copy of the resolution.