We loved to see the post on RHA Howell’s blog today about their Cap/C Kids gearing up to go to the ‘Canes game! Recently we ran a contest offering wheelchair-accessible tickets to see the Carolina Hurricanes play, and we were thrilled to see how many people were involved. We are always on the look out for ways to give back to our community and give people the opportunity to do things they may not otherwise have been able to do. Right now, we’re offering a free wheelchair van for a weekend getaway to anyone who submits a picture and story about their favorite trip. Time is running out on that one, so get in touch soon!
As for our friends at RHA Howell, take pictures and share them with us! We’d love to hear how your kids enjoyed the ‘Canes game and see them in action at the RBC Center in Raleigh these upcoming weekends. We hope the wheelchair-accessible seats are convenient and can’t wait to hear about your experience. Go ‘Canes!
Following is a letter from the Mom of the little boy who attended a Hurricanes games recently, thanks to Van Products' free wheelchair-accessible tickets:
Dear Van Products,
Josh Stanek is a typical 6 year-old boy in many ways. He enjoys going to school even though he struggles with spelling. He hates going to bed early and taking baths. He loves animals — all kinds of animals. But what he loves more than anything else is sports – especially hockey! Yet Josh has some differences from other typical 6 year-old boys. Josh was born 4 months early, which has left him with Cerebral Palsy. Having Cerebral Palsy means that Josh can’t control his muscles like other children. He has had problems with his breathing and sometimes needs oxygen. He uses a wheelchair to get around and is unable to speak even simple words.
But if you want to see Josh’s true personality, come to his house when Carolina Hurricanes hockey is on television. His eyes never drift from the TV, he makes noise if you obstruct his view, and he fights even harder to stay awake until the end of the game! Josh’s obsession with hockey began when he was about 3 years old. His parents are both hockey fans, so it’s not hard to figure out why he enjoys the game. Josh’s favorite position in hockey is goalie, so it’s also no surprise that his favorite Hurricanes are Cam Ward and Justin Peters. He even dressed as Cam Ward for Halloween and used his wheelchair in the costume as the goal! As much as Josh enjoys watching hockey on television, he enjoys it even more at the RBC center, watching in person.
Thank you, Van Products, for giving Josh the opportunity to watch his favorite sport – and team – up close!