Monday, October 30, 2006

Scott ready for your calls...

Scott Darnell is vicariously experiencing the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, providing behind-the-scenes information central support to the landing party. Scott is shown here during setup day.

One of the calls he received earlier today was for the first order for a custom installation. Keep the calls coming, folks -- he has all the answers. (+1) 618-664-3178 is the phone number....

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

An automotive profile of Scott D., serious motoring aficionado...

This picture is from 1983... a trip to Daytona beach in Scott's jacked-up '79 Ford Bronco that turned a lot of heads. I asked Scott to share the list of vehicles he has owned and operated since first getting licensed to drive at the age of 16. He was 27 when he had his accident in 1991. Until winding up with the Ford E-150 van soon after that, check out his previous drivers, and you'll know him a lot better....
. 1963 Nash Metropolitan
. 1946 Ford
. 1974 Ford Torino
. 1980 Ford Mustang
. 1979 Ford 4wd F-150 *
. 1979 Ford Bronco
. 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
. 1978 Jeep CJ5 Renegade
. 1979 Ford Thunderbird
. 1982 Ford F-150 *
. 1983 Ford Mustang GT Turbo
. 1984 Ford 4wd Supercab F-150 *
. 1985 Ford Diesel 4wd F-250 *
. 1979 Ford Bronco (shown above)
. 1986 Chevrolet Silverado 4wd C-20 *
. 1988 Ford Dually F-350 *
. 1988 Ford Mustang GT
. 1989 Ford 4wd Lariat F-150
. 1986 Toyota 4wd *
. 1979 Ford Lariat Supercab F-350 *
. 1990 Ford Mustang GT
. 1986 Chevrolet Blazer 4wd *
. 1990 Ford 4wd Lariat F-150
. 1991 Ford Mustang GT
. 1992 Ford E-150 Van
. 2001 Dodge Ram Sport Quadcab 2wd
. 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2wd
* - Work trucks.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ouch! It's a BBC thing...

Ouch is a website from the BBC, with the aim of "reflecting the lives of disabled people right here and now in the third millennium."

Bloody good show....

Florida's SCI Awareness Week is gearing up...

Florida's Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing paralysis whenever possible, and Gwynn and his colleagues are planning to use the state-wide platform of the state's first "Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week" -- slated for Nov. 13 - 19 -- to educate people on the dangers of accidents that can lead to paralysis.

During that week, the Foundation will make extra efforts to educate people in classrooms, on the airwaves, and at events across the state, with the goal of preventing spinal cord injuries. More information is online here: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation -- and thanks to Gary Schooley of Paralinks for the tip (and so much more)....

Friday, October 20, 2006

Thanks Dad

Virtually every day for a little more than 43 years now, there's one guy who's either been right there, on-hand, to personally look out for his boys... or he's been just a phone call away. You can see him most clearly in the mirror in the picture above.

Thanks Dad -- we love you, and appreciate everything you do, and have done, immensely. Don't worry... you probably won't have to go to Vegas. At least, not this year. :^)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Can a guy in a wheelchair drive a pickup truck?

Can a "complete" quad who is 6-feet, 5-inches tall, drive a truck like this... without having to transfer from his chair... the same price as a standard handicapped van?


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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Thanks Mom....

June 29, 1991, is a date that many friends and family remembers will never forget... it's the date of Scott's accident. In this journey of life, I've learned that each person is the hero of their own story, and my remarkable mother, Lila Ridings Darnell, began a harrowing ordeal herself back on that day. Over time, she bravely recorded the experience in words, and finally agreed to publish her book, The Ghost Behind the Wheelchair, back in 2003. Ordeal is the key word here... even the task of publishing such an honest, guiding light for other parents facing a spinal injury has been difficult. And yet, she continues to persevere as a true inspiration. The picture below comes from a great story on my mom, Scott and the book from PN-Paraplegia News. You can also find a great review of the book from Sandra Vassallo of here.

Anyway, all those who know and love her understand that she has been there for Scott and the rest of us in countless, infinitely important ways (and rest assured, she's as excited as she can be about our upcoming debut at SEMA). Having gone through this journey to this point, my mom, her book, and the rest of us, are all here for anyone else dealing with a spinal injury....