This is Ron with your Motivational Message:
On July 4th, 1776 our country made history by declaring independence from Great Britain. Our free nation, the Land of opportunity, was born and with it came the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I am truly grateful and consider myself blessed to live in a country where we have so many opportunities. God has empowered our nation with brave citizens who have made and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation. Let us never forget our duty to preserve the freedom that we enjoy in the United States for future generations. God bless America!
As I think back over my life, I recall the moments I felt genuinely “independent.” The first being when I moved out of my parent’s house. I felt free; that was until I realized how many bills would accompany my freedom! Then there was the day that I graduated from college. I was able to celebrate my Master’s Degree and the open doors that led to my furthered happiness.
Most recently, I experienced independence when I drove a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, also known as the Hope Rod. With a stick attached to a drive-by wire computer system clenched between my teeth, I realized my dream at 100mph. I cannot express in words the feeling of rocketing across the dried lake bed of Alvord; the American flag painted atop the car shining in the desert sun. I wanted to inspire America’s warriors to believe in the impossible; to take what was won on Independence Day and apply it to our lives. We must believe that we can overcome our limitations and have faith that all things are possible.
The following video captures my dream to drive a car again after being told thirty years ago that I would never be able to have that
chance. I hope that you enjoy this trailer created for the documentary that is in the works. May you be reminded that Independence Day has afforded all of us an opportunity to accomplish our dreams.
If you cannot view the video, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLnX2jRt4OU
Please email me and let me know what you think of this spectacular project. As our country worked hard for its freedom, so did the “Quad Squad” who made it possible to experience this exhilarating (and independent) drive. I could not have done it without my friends Ron, Mike T., Mike P., Ed, Robert, Jay, Dave V. Also, thanks to Dave O. for filming the project, Matthew of Laminated Pictures for creating the trailer, and Dave H. of Dignified Motors for providing the drive-by wire system. Thanks to everyone else who has helped with the project. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for helping me reach my dream. You guys rock!
To our knowledge, no other quadriplegic has ever driven 100mph with only the use of teeth and we want to bring this story to the public. We are currently seeking financial support to create a 30-60 minute documentary of this historical event. Please forward this inspiring video to your friends and contacts and may you continue to follow your dreams!
The following is a mouthpainting I have done to represents the courage and freedom of this great nation:
Kelli and I (and the girls) wish you a happy 4th!
To your inspiration,