Adapted Van Giveaway Essay Contest

Adapted Van Giveaway Essay Contest

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

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How to apply?

Download Application

Essay Applications must be emailed to [email protected] as an attachment with the email subject line: "[Your Name] Adapted Van Giveaway Application"

Include a photo of yourself as second attachment.

No handwritten applications.

Essay Instructions?

Fill out the application and 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 an adapted van, 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.

Essay must be 1,000 words or less. Written using Time New Roman font.

Contestant Qualifications?

- Must be a California resident with a Spinal Cord Injury.
- 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

When is the submission deadline?

October 1, 2019 | 12AM PST

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Contact [email protected] if you have any other questions.


Previous Winners

 

2017 : Kenneth

Kenneth was on his way home from work as a firefighter when a car pulled in front of him and he was involved in a motor vehicle accident suffering multiple injuries to his spinal cord leaving him a quadriplegic. Since his injury he has had to make many adjustments, but has been determined to reclaim his independence so he can take care of his wife and daughter.

Triumph gave him a Care Basket when he was first injured, and now we gave him an adapted van. This van will enable him to take some of the strain off his wife as a caregiver and allow him to be involved with his family activities.

2016 : Richard Ruehle

Richard was on his way home from work when a car pulled in front of him and he was involved in a motorcycle accident suffering multiple injuries to his spinal cord leaving him a quadriplegic. Since his injury he has had to make many adjustments, but has been determined to reclaim his independence so he can take care of his wife and six children.

Triumph gave him a Care Basket in the hospital, a grant for ramps into his home, a wheelchair, and now an adapted van. This van will enable him to return to physical therapy, take some of the strain off his wife as a caregiver, allow him to attend and be involved with his kids sports and family activities, and ultimately return to a job that's waiting for him to provide for his family.

2014 : Maira

Maira applied and told us her story of getting injured when she was 10 years old, right out front of her house in South Central Los Angeles when she was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire between rival gangs. She was shot and suffered a SCI at T-2 and forever her life was changed. She volunteers at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center by being a mentor to the community there; she volunteers at SCRS in Downey, an Independent Living Center that assists all people with disabilities maximize their own independence and quality of life leading a women's support group; and now she plans to volunteer for Triumph Foundation by being an ambassador for the organization.

Maira graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with her Bachelors in Social Services. Her dream is to be a Social Worker. Having this accessible van will allow her to secure and maintain employment, begin and complete a Master's degree program, and help her family as she is the first one to own a vehicle. Triumph Foundation is proud to award Maira this van and applaud her efforts to serve the disabled community, pursue her dreams, and to live life to its fullest. We are honored to have her as our newest Triumph Ambassador.

2014 : Olivia