September 22, 2022
We had our initial event with Craig Hospital utilizing their peer mentor program to get our truck and idea in front of current and former patients of the facility. The weather presented a challenge as far as location and participation, but it did give us an idea of what we can change in the future to better serve others. We are discussing an event specific to my program versus piggy-backing a current event. This way I get the participants' eyes solely on the program and truly get to reach them. We did have extensive one-on-one time with several patients to explain every modification and how they can do the same with their dream cars, so that alone made this trip worth it, to inspire others is truly a blessing.
June 17, 2022
I am proud to announce that my Foundation has been awarded a Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Through their funding we will be able to offer a Ride-Along program with the modified truck I race. This program is designed to empower other individuals that are living with paralysis or other disability to realize they can still reach for and achieve their dreams. Whether it is a dream of racing again or only driving again, our program will give viable, hands-on experience with the necessary adaptive equipment and safety equipment to achieve their goals.
The quality of life grant will specifically purchase all of the safety equipment and modifications needed to allow passengers the opportunity to go down the racetrack with me. Fire jackets, helmets, proper positioning harnesses, proper seats, a needed roll cage, fire suppression system and other items designed for the participants safety.
I look forward to the future and helping as many people living with a disability as possible. To say I am humbled is a drastic understatement, to have an organization such as the Reeve Foundation see the potential and promise of my Foundation is mind-blowing. Click on the link below to find out more about the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and what other programs and opportunities they may have.