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Adapted Van Giveaway Contest

October 12, 2016
Triumph Foundation is launching an essay contest to select a person with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI/D) to receive a donated wheelchair accessible van. There are many individuals that are paralyzed that cannot afford a modified vehicle to go to work or school, regain family unity, and simply reintegrate back into the community. Triumph Foundation’s Adapted Van Giveaway Contest seeks to find an individual who can most benefit from receiving the adapted van to help them reclaim their freedom and independence.

Vehicle Details:
• 1999 Ford E-150 XLT Van
• V8 engine
• Braun Rear Lift
• Ricon 6-way Transfer Driver Seat
• MPS hand controls
• Vehicle is donated in “As-Is” condition, with no warranties given

Contestant Qualifications:
• Person with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder
• Valid California DMV driver’s license with hand control certification OR efforts being made to attain one.
• Require the van’s special features
• Available to personally receive vehicle upon being awarded
• Provide proof of insurance at time of receipt
• Proof of income/financial constraint
• Must be 18 years or older
• Agree to participate in Triumph Foundation press and promotions regarding the Adaptive Van Giveaway

Essay Instructions:

Provide an autobiographical essay that describes how you were injured, the degree of your disability and how it affects your everyday life, how you currently stay active, what hardships you face preventing you from owning a van now, how you would use this accessible van to move forward with your life goals and endeavors, and any other factors that you wish to be taken into consideration. In addition, include how you would assist Triumph Foundation to help others that are paralyzed.

Entry deadline is December 1, 2016.
Applications will be reviewed by Triumph’s Board of Directors
Giveaway contest winner will be announced January 2017.

Winning Contestant will be chosen by Triumph Foundation’s Board of Directors will review each application and choose the winning contestant.

Application Guidelines:
• Essay must be 1,000 words or less
• Written using Times New Roman font
• Double spaced sentences
• Emailed to
• Email Title “Accessible Van Giveaway Application”
• Essay must be attached to email as a Word doc
• Include a picture of yourself as a 2nd email attachment

*Handwritten applications will not be considered


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