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Life Changing Experiences at Victory Junction

VictoryJunction-FishingChildren shine at Victory Junction. Free from the confines of their disease, illness or disability, they discover that they can be a kid! How does this happen? Victory Junction has created a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp, that challenges children who have a serious medical condition to try things they never imagined possible.

Their program provides a week of summer camp for children at no cost to the camper’s family. They stay in comfortable air conditioned cabins, eat at the Fuel Stop (which meets all dietary restrictions), and enjoy program areas which include: a zipline, indoor sports center, theater, arts and crafts, boating/fishing, and even a water park. As they enjoy the activities children build confidence that shape how they view the rest of their lives. Once children arrive at Victory Junction, the boundaries and limitations they live with on a daily basis disappear and they simply concentrate on having fun!

History of Victory Junction

In 1999, a lanky, wide-smiling teenager visited a Paul Newman SeriousFun Camp in Florida (Boggy Creek) with his Dad and knew it was his calling to bring a similar camp to the hills of North Carolina where he grew up. This young man was up and coming race driver Adam Petty, son of NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, grandson of racing legend, Richard Petty and great grandson of NASCAR pioneer, Lee Petty. Adam not only had a passion for racing, but a passion for helping others.

One year after his touching experience visiting children at Camp Boggy Creek, Adam Petty tragically lost his life in a racing accident. To honor his memory, the Petty family set out to build Adam’s dream. With land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty, their family spearheaded a capital campaign in 2002 and received donations from corporations, individuals and foundations to build Victory Junction, a NASCAR-themed summer camp ninety minutes from Charlotte. In June 2004, Adam’s legacy of love was realized when Victory Junction opened its gates to campers.

Victory Junction is still accepting applications for this summer, click here to apply to come to camp, or click here if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

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