I hope this letter finds you well. I know we are facing challenging times to various degrees so I thought I would write to you and give you a couple good words. The proverbs say "a good word is medicine to the heart." After watching the news, looking at the bills I couldn't pay, and realizing my future income was in decay I went to bed feeling a bit down (ok, a lot down). As I finally drifted off to sleep questions like "Why do we have to face so many trials, and can't I just have a time of rest?" went through my head. I work hard when will it pay off? When I woke up the next day my caregiver turned on the radio I listened to positive encouraging messages, the course of one particular song said "there is a light at the end of the tunnel for me, for me." I don't know why it made such an impact but it's true. There is always a ray of hope, a light of truth in the mist of dark circumstance. So, what was I going to do about my ray of hope? Well if you know me I will create some crazy idea. "Hence comith forth the conception of the HOPE ROD." On the weekend of June 14th I will be the first man paralyzed from the neck down to drive a car with only the use of his teeth. I have dreamed of driving a car again and for 29 years I have searched for the technology that would enable me to do so… I have found it. Thanks to David, owner of Dignified Motors in Phoenix, AZ and his team I now have a car with the technology to drive. The car is a 1968 Firebird. The owner Ron Philips has given me the use of his car in order to accomplish this incredible task. Ron and Michael Peters have developed The Quad Squad, a group of people that are working together to make this all possible. Please join The Quad Squad by going to www.thequadsquad.net. You could even buy a t-shirt and become a piece of this historical event. The purpose of the hope rod is to bring hope to the wounded, the hurting, and the broken spirits. This car will be the Vehicle to bring my message of inspiration and enthusiasm to the world. Instead of feeling sorry for my own circumstance I decided to help others see a positive light in the mist of their problems. There is hope; you do not have to give up. Take that ray of hope today and turn it into sun shine. Let's get off our behinds and do something even if it is small. And in the end this will change the world, YOU have the power to change the world, your life counts, you have a purpose. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you. Please e-mail me back at email@example.com or visit my website at www.rollonron.com or www.thequadsquad.net. If you know anyone who would be interested in having me speak please contact us. Ron Heagy – Never Give Up
Hi friend, it's Ron Heagy, The reason for this email is that I'm looking for connections for speaking opportunities in the Phoenix Arizona area with Schools, Churches and Businesses. I will be in Arizona from February 17th through the 26th. I will again be in Arizona April 27th through May 6th. Please see the following proposal….it will make you smile!! Hi to all! I wanted to share this new crazy idea with you, in case you are able to help or if you know of some people that can help make it possible. I have been on a "ride" for the past 28 years in my wheelchair but I have not had the true impact on our country and youth that I feel God wants me to have. I have tried to get on some National TV shows to provide hope and inspiration, but I have found that simply typing with a stick in my teeth, graduating college, getting a Master's degree, becoming a mouth painter, building a camp for disabled children, speaking to wounded soldiers, speaking to almost 3,000,000 kids who have said "thank you for saving my life!", authoring two books and even getting married and having a "miracle baby" is just not news worthy. My new idea is to take America on a whole different "ride" to get their attention. We have kept this idea quiet until we got everything in place but now, as my friend, I am giving you the "green light" to share this idea with anyone you know who may want to help. The "green light" is a great introduction, because when the light turns green, I will be behind the wheel of a restored classic hot rod!! I will be the very first COMPLETE quadriplegic to drive a car at least 100 mph with just the movement of my head. I already have the car donated and I have top engineers working on a way for me to drive it. My main objective is to bring "hope to the wounded." The soldiers returning from Iraq, people with disabilities, and teenagers all need inspiration, motivation, and positive role models. One of my marketing ideas is to use the phrase from the hit song "I can't drive 55" and I challenge it by saying; "WHO SAYS I CAN'T?" In fact, I will DOUBLE it!! Imagine the headlines: "Quad Drives Rod- over 100mph"! Other 'quads' can drive because they have some movement in their arms/limbs, but I will be the first COMPLETE Quad to drive with just my head. I even guarantee a tire smoking burnout!! In my lifetime, I have dealt with many people who have said: "Ron you CAN'T do that," but I believe that with God ALL things are possible. When the doctors said: "You can't breathe without a ventilator tube". I did. Schools told me I could never go to college by typing with a stick in my teeth. I did. "You can never paint with a brush in your mouth." I did. "You will never get a Masters degree. I did. "You can't build a camp for disabled kids, you don't have any money." We did. "You can't write a book." They were right… I wrote TWO of them! "No one will marry you in that chair." She did! Doctors said, "You will never have a baby." We did! Our immediate financial need is for $ to continue to get the car updated. I am asking you to consider joining my Quad Squad team and any amount that you could help with would be a blessing to help us finish the "hope rod". I also plan on seeking major sponsorships from corporations and I envision national exposure on shows such as DISCOVERY CHANNEL, MTV and THE LEARNING CHANNEL which will bring great recognition to our sponsors. In summary, life is about choices. Instead of just "stepping out in faith", I am choosing to "roll onto the track." I hope that you will choose to come along for the ride and be part my team so that together we can say….. "WE did it!" I will be happy to share more of the details with you. Please call me personally with your thoughts on my cell at 541-990-7411. Thank you again for your prayers and support! With love and blessings~ Ron Heagy Jr. http://www.RollOnRon.com PS If you have connections that we can network with, please let me know. I need your HELP! And check out more at http://www.RollOnRon.com PPS I will be in Arizona for the purpose of learning to drive a '68 Firebird Hot Rot. I will be the first "quad" to drive with just the use of my head. This is turning into a major media Human Interest story. The 23rd, 24th and 25th of February I will be with the car to get the technology wrapped around my head to try to get the hang of all this. Anyone who might have an HD camera to get footage of me getting fitted into this car would also be greatly appreciated. I'm really hoping to document the whole thing from beginning to end. Please contact me if you are interested in seeing me drive again after 29 years.
February 4, 2009
Hi friend, it’s Ron Heagy. The reason for this email is that I’m looking for connections for speaking opportunities in the Phoenix Arizona area with Schools, Churches and Businesses. I will be in Arizona from February 17th through the 26th. I will again be in Arizona April 27th through May 6th. Please see the following proposal….it will make you smile!!