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New Jersey Town Raises Funds for Accessible Van

Makayla-BlogThe city of Fair Lawn, New Jersey is a special place with a tight knit community. One of their residents, a young girl named Makayla, just received a new accessible van from MobilityWorks thanks to support from her town. The fundraisers were sponsored by a local company, United Real Estate, and several generous donations were made by local families. Even the mayor was involved and he was very excited to see Makalya’s new van. When the van was ready to be handed over, local reporter Wayne Robbins came out to film an edition of “Inside Fair Lawn”.

You can check out his video below:

The MobilityWorks  of Farmingdale team and Certified Mobility Consultant Donald Dufty were honored to be able to help such a wonderful family. Also a special thanks to everyone in Fair Lawn who helped Makayla receive her new accessible van!

Tyler’s Road to Recovery

TylerBissonTyler has always been eager to get up and go! He has participated in basketball, football, track and is a certified scuba diver. Those who love Tyler have always struggled to keep up with his energy. Unfortunately, this past summer, Tyler was involved in a devastating car crash that has left him paralyzed.

On this past Father’s Day, Tyler and his sister were rear-ended by a distracted driver, sending them both to the hospital. Tyler suffered massive head trauma, and has been in and out of hospitals and rehab centers ever since. He is unable to talk or eat on his own, but has been making progress.

Tyler has been home for a little over a month now.  He’s tolerated a “tea party” with his little sister.  He’s watched familiar movies and television, and listened to his music.

The time at home has been some of Tyler’s most attentive and alert since the crash.  He has been awake more often and for longer periods of time.  He smiles several times a week.  Sometimes, he has looked in the direction of somebody talking to him from across the room.  On occasion, he’s squeezed his mom’s hand when asked to do so.  Tyler’s rehabilitation is focused on exactly these kind of things with the ultimate goal that Tyler will be able to communicate with us.

Like everyone else, as spring comes, Tyler’s family has their eyes on the outdoors.  They want to get Tyler out into the community at parks, beaches, and to see family and friends.  Currently, they do not have the ability to transport Tyler to do any of this.  Even getting to doctors’ appointments — both scheduled and emergency — requires a herculean effort.  Only an ambulance provider transports patients as medically complex as Tyler.

Tyler needs his own van, and one that can fit the entire family. Anything you can do to make this a reality is deeply appreciated by his family. To learn more or help in Tyler’s road to recovery you can visit his GoFundMe page here.

If you or someone you know is raising funds towards the purchase of an accessible vehicle, feel free to email us at marketing@mobilityworks.com and we would be happy to promote your campaign on our community site.

Gavin’s New Accessible Van

Van DellenEarlier this week, the Van Dellen family of Philadelphia, PA received a donated van thanks to MobilityWorks’ partner Special Kids Fund / Magic Mobility. Their organization is dedicated to finding donated accessible vehicles for children in wheelchairs all across the country. In this case, the funding was secured by an anonymous donor, through their DAF (donor advised fund), who saw the Van Dellen’s GoFundMe page for their son Gavin.

Gavin is an energetic 7 year old who lives with a rare genetic disease known as PMD. It results in a lack of myelin, which is the covering that protects nerve cells. However, this doesn’t stop him from being able to play with his friends and siblings, and now he has a van to bring everyone with him!

The Van Dellens selected a large Ford E-350, so they can take all of their children, and Grandma whenever they go out. Driving the large van, that is almost the size of a small bus, won’t be a problem for Gavin’s dad “G”. He is a paramedic in the Philadelphia area who regularly drives ambulances.

Knowing that the Van Dellens needed such a large vehicle, their Certified Mobility Consultant, Donna Horrocks, worked with MobilityWorks of Toledo to have the van shipped over from Ohio. The MobilityWorks team in Norristown, PA then installed a new touch screen radio complete with a Bluetooth backup camera.

Thank you, to Special Kids Fund’s MagicMobility and their anonymous donor, for providing such a wonderful family with a much needed accessible vehicle!

Making Dreams Come True

GKTW-Family-BlogGive Kids The World Village, a non-profit resort in Central Florida, has been making dreams come true for the past 30 years. The 79 acre Village near Orlando provides week-long, cost free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Here at MobilityWorks, we are proud to supply their organization with hundreds of accessible rental vans. Our relationship with Give Kids The World goes back many years.

Every family that stays also receives tickets to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando. In addition to this, all of the families get to stay in one of their 168 fully furnished themed villas. While staying at the Village, families have plenty of fun activities to choose from. These include everything from the world’s largest CandyLand board to ice cream for breakfast! After a long day at the theme parks, the nightly entertainment in the Village is a perfect way for families to end their day.

The funding for Give Kids The World Village is all provided by corporate and individual donations. Their operation also would not be possible without the 1,600 volunteer shifts that are filled each week. Many of the volunteers are locals, but they also receive help from people all over the world. Since 1986 they have served over 150,000 families from all 50 states, and this year alone they expect to have more than 8,000 visitors!

To learn more watch video below, or check out their website at www.givekidstheworld.org

A “Night to Shine Prom” by The Tim Tebow Foundation

Prom Night Reservations Being Made Now for February 10, 2017 in All 50 States.

Between professional baseball tryouts, broadcasting and his foundation it’s a wonder how Tim Tebow finds time to sleep! The former Florida Gator quarterback is changing lives around the globe and in a few weeks his foundation will host one of their largest events to date. The “Night to Shine Prom” will take place at hundreds of churches in all 50 states simultaneously on February 10, 2017. Night to Shine was started two years ago as a magical evening for anyone over 14 years old with special needs.

Every guest who attends the “Night to Shine Prom” enters on a red carpet surrounded by fans and paparazzi. Once inside guests receive the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining, complimentary flowers, a catered dinner and of course a dance floor. When the night is over, all of the attendees will depart with prom party favors and a crown or tiara, as everyone in attendance is crowned either a king or queen.

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with an official planning manual, prom kit complete with decorations and gifts, as well as guidance and support. The foundation is also providing financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.

The Tim Tebow Foundation is also impacting lives around the world through their adoption programs and medical facilities. Two other popular initiatives are the “Team Tebow” outreach which has over 20,000 children committed to serving others within their community, and the “W15H” foundation for children with life threatening illnesses.

Click to learn more about the Tim Tebow Foundation or the Night to Shine where you can find a church near you hosting the event.

Thanks for all that you do Tim, you are truly an inspiration!

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