Anonymous Donor Provides Handicap Accessible Van to Family in Need

Posted on: 1:55 pm, April 29, 2013, by Sarah Stewart, updated on: 02:01pm, April 29, 2013.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – We first introduced you to 9-year-old Macie Greene last month when we told you about her family’s quest to win a handicap accessible van.

Macie has a rare neurological disorder, Rett Syndrome, that keeps her confined to a wheelchair.

Getting her to and from doctor appointments was becoming increasingly difficult but her family couldn’t afford a handicap van.

So they had entered an online contest and were trying to recruit people to vote for them twice a day.

But a simple phone call changed all that and meant the Greenes didn’t need the contest after all.

I was running errands and I remember exactly where I was at when I answered the phone, Macie’s mom Brenda Greene said.

The woman on the other end of the line said she’d seen their story.

Her next words left Brenda speechless.

My husband and I would like to buy you a van, and I mean I was just, and she goes, I want to get this van, we want to do this now. We don’t want you to have to wait until the contest is over, Brenda Greene said.

A couple of weeks later, the Greenes had their van with ramp access for Macie’s wheelchair.

Van to family

 

She doesn’t even have to get out of the chair.

It glides right in and they buckle her in the seat.

It’s so much easier, it is, it really is, Brenda said. It’s just a matter of pushing her out to the van, pushing the remote for the ramp to come open.

The donors of the van want to remain anonymous to the public but the Greenes got to meet them at the dealership the day they got the van.

We were pretty blown away by it, Macie’s day Mike Greene said. Just the generosity of them wanting to do something like this.

The Greenes plan to withdraw from the online contest so another family needing a handicap van can have the chance to win.

They said they’re so appreciative of the couple who bought the van, they also value the hundreds of people who had been voting for them in the contest all along.

I think if people financially had the way, could give us a van, they would’ve done it, Brenda said. More people would’ve done it, but they could vote and that was their way of giving and to me, that’s huge.

My Finish Line Movie and Music Tour Coming to a Location Near You


Superior Van and Mobility, is proud to announce its participation as a local sponsor of the “My Finish Line” Premier Movie and Music Tour, sponsored by BraunAbility.

The tour includes 120 stops in all 50 states, and Superior Van and Mobility will be bringing this inspirational event to our areas FREE of charge throughout the year. These unprecedented events will include not only the stop by the “My Finish Line” tour bus, but will also provide information on the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, and will feature acoustic performances by Nashville Recording Artist, Michelle Murray and her special guest Brooke Gerhart. The concert will be followed by a special meet and greet, and copies of the “My Finish Line” DVD will also be available.

“My Finish Line” Premier Movie and Music Tour Premier Movie and Music Tour is based off the story of former INDYCAR racer and current car owner, Sam Schmidt, who became a quadriplegic following a racing accident in 2000. Following the accident, Nashville Recording Artist, Michelle Murray met Sam when she was performing at an Indy racing event in 2009. So inspired by Schmidt’s spirit and optimism, Murray wrote the song, “It Won’t Be If, But When” (Sam’s Song). The song later became the soundtrack to “My Finish Line”, a film that puts the spotlight on the amazing story of Sam Schmidt and his struggle in overcoming adversity. The tour celebrates Sam’s story, as well as providing awareness, hope and inspiration to disabled individuals across the United States.

Be sure to check our web site for more information,

locations and dates of the events near you!

50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Weeks…

If you can run a marathon, think about those who cannot…

Superior Van and Mobility’s own, Paul Erway is just one of three individuals who accepted the challenge and is participating in completing 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 weeks. Alongside Paul, Aaron Roux and Grant Berthiaume have also accepted the challenge; all three are working in tandem to raise awareness, donations and support for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research. In addition, the foundation provides outlets for therapy and works to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

The trio’s next marathon of the series will be #16 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon which will be held April 27,2013, Main Street, Louisville, KY.

While you may not be able to attend every event to cheer the team on, you can still help make a difference by making a donation to your local chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve foundation or by visiting www.50abilitymarathons.com for a direct link. Those who donate can feel good that their donation goes a long way to help people like Grant, Aaron, and Paul. Individuals who once walked and ran, but now must rely on the use of a wheelchair due to an unforeseen circumstance and/or event.

 

Remember, 50 marathons… 50 states… 50 weeks!

The challenge is on

New Hope for Reversing the Effects of Spinal Cord Injury

We are getting Closer!

Mar. 12, 2013 — Walking is the obvious goal for individuals who have a chronic spinal cord injury, but it is not the only one. Regaining sensation and continence control also are important goals that can positively impact an individual’s quality of life. New hope for reversing the effects of spinal cord injury may be found in a combination of stem cell therapy and physical therapy as reported in Cell Transplantation by scientists at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

“Our phase one/two clinical trial had one goal: to give patients who have no other treatment options some hope,” said Hatem E. Sabaawy, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine in the molecular and regenerative medicine program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “Early findings have concluded that we have met our goal and can improve the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries by providing a safe treatment that restores some neurological function.”

Dr. Sabaawy led a clinical trial that included 70 patients who had cervical or thoracic spinal cord injuries and were previously treated for at least six months without response. The patients were randomized into two groups, both of which were given physical therapy treatment. One of the groups also received stem cells derived from their own bone marrow injected near the injury site. Using the American Spinal Injury Association Impairment (AIS) Scale, patients received neurological and physical evaluations monthly for 18 months to determine if sensory and motor functions improved.

“Of primary importance, there was a notable absence of side effects in patients treated with stem cells during the course of our investigation,” added Dr. Sabaawy, who also is a resident member of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

None of the patients in the control group who received only physical therapy showed any improvement in sensory or motor function during the same time frame. Although the scale of injuries differed, all patients who were treated with a combination of bone-marrow derived stem cells and physical therapy responded to tactile and sensory stimuli as early as 4 weeks into the study. After 12 weeks, they experienced improvements in sensation and muscle strength, which was associated with enhanced potency and improved bladder and bowel control that eventually allowed patients to live catheter-free. Patients who showed improvement based on the AIS scale also were able to sit up and turn in their beds. Continue reading