When Jaime was 28 years old her parents Debbie and Dean Dillon, began to notice she was stumbling and having a hard time walking. In 2004, she was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has been in a wheelchair since 2005. Earlier this month, Jaime received her first accessible van thanks to a special fundraiser from their family’s church.
While it is still almost officially a month away, this is the time to prepare for winter. Make sure that you and your wheelchair accessible van are ready for the frigid weather and dangerous driving conditions ahead.
There are several steps you should take to make sure that your van is ready to make it through the most treacherous driving season.
MobilityWorks was happy to join in the celebration with The Jett Foundation as they celebrated their 6th Jett Giving Fund success by gifting Liam McGourty and his family with a new wheelchair accessible minivan.
11-year old Liam McGourty was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and is mostly confined to a power chair. With a handicap accessible van, Liam can now safely and easily travel to doctor’s appointments, friend’s houses, school, and family events.
After the McGourty family, with the help of their local community, raised half the cost of the handicap accessible van for the Jett Giving Fund, Jett Foundation matched those funds and gifted the van to Liam and his family.
The Jett Giving Fund is a matching gift program that helps families affected by Duchenne who struggle to afford special equipment often not covered under insurance, such as handicap accessible vehicles, scooters, and rotating beds.
To learn more about the Jett Giving Fund and how you can help more kids like Liam get the equipment they need, please visit https://www.jettfoundation.org/jett-giving-fund/
Check out Liams reaction to his new ride in this video.
Lauren Bruner, Ken Potts and Donald Stratton are three of the five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. During a recent visit to Washington DC they attended a formal wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The men were honored with a certificate and a coin from the Old Guard Third Infantry Regiment, who guard the tomb.
The survivors were also able to visit the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. They spent time at the Pentagon and met with President Trump in the Oval Office.
More importantly, they came to Washington DC to lobby for the Navy Cross to be posthumously awarded to Joe George, the man responsible for saving both Bruner and Stratton, when the USS Arizona was attacked.
MobilityWorks was very happy to donate the use of 3 wheelchair vans to these amazing men and their families, so that they could travel easily around the city.
The USS Arizona
The USS Arizona was attacked in Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The USS Arizona remains where she sank in Pearl Harbor, as a Memorial to the lives lost that day. For more information please visit: http://www.ussarizona.org/
Have you heard about the new Chrysler’s Pacifica? Maybe you’ve seen the commercials about the reimagined minivan being “good for your dad brand” or heard about their groundbreaking Uconnect technology. Over the past few weeks, brand new wheelchair accessible Pacificas have been showing up at MobilityWorks locations throughout the country!
Chrysler is calling the sleek and stylish replacement for the Town and Country “The World’s Most Capable Vehicle” and that may not be a stretch. The limited model comes complete with everything you could ever need including a built in vacuum system, premium Nappa leather seats and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof that feels like a convertible. The built-in 8.4 inch touchscreen syncs with your smartphone and features customizable screens for a truly connected driving experience. If this all sounds too good to be true, just wait until you hear your favorite songs coming through the optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium speaker system.
The most impressive part of the Pacifica may be the safety and security features. The 360 surround view camera provides the driver with a bird’s-eye view and back up camera with sensors. On the highway, the forward collision warning with active braking detects if you are getting too close to the car in front of you and will apply the brakes if needed. The blind spot monitoring system helps you make safer lane changes and the Pacifica can even perpendicular and parallel park itself!