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Darrell Gwynn Foundation Miami HEAT donate wheelchair

Darrell Gwynn Foundation Wheelchair Donation Recipient Herminio Escalona with Miami HEAT player Udonis Haslem (Photo Credit: Miami HEAT)

(L-R) Ryan Rogers (Darrell Gwynn Foundation), Hermino Escalona, Nirlenis Escalona (Hermino’s sister) and Udonis Haslem. (Photo Credit: Miami HEAT

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, joined by Miami HEAT star Udonis Haslem, donated a $16,600 custom built “Miami HEAT themed” wheelchair to Herminio Escalona at halftime of the Miami HEAT game vs. the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday, November 19.

Herminio Escalona suffered a medulla compression in a car accident resulting in paralysis and could not afford a life-changing custom wheelchair that the Darrell Gwynn Foundation provided through its wheelchair donation program.

Herminio is a fan of the Miami HEAT and his new wheelchair is decorated in HEAT colors and logos.

Established in 2002, the Davie-based Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for paralysis. To raise awareness for that mission, the foundation lobbied for and secured official adoption of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week by the Florida State Legislature in 2006 and each year since. The fifth Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is being observed November 15-21, 2010.

For more information on Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s wheelchair donation program and how you can help the foundation’s mission, please visit

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Nov 23 2010. Filed under Broward County, Featured, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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