Everyone in Georgia knows Aimee Copeland’s story. A zip lining accident in 2012 led to a flesh-eating bacterial infection and doctors were forced to amputate her hands, right foot and left leg.
A popular Atlanta athlete who is training for the Paralympics wants to empower people of all abilities, so she is teaming up with AMS Vans and FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) to give away a wheelchair accessible minivan to a member of the local community.
Aimee was empowered by the community’s show of support and today she is paying it forward. Aimee is partnering with Atlanta based AMS Vans and FODAC, for whom she serves as a board member and official spokesperson, to gift her reconditioned 2012 Honda Odyssey van conversion to someone who uses a power wheelchair for their disability.
To find the right recipient, the Aimee Copeland Foundation started an essay contest which runs through February 7, 2019. “I know how important transportation is, so am thrilled to team up with locally based AMS Vans and FODAC to give someone in our community a better quality of life through mobility,” said Copeland. “This van changed my life forever and I hope it will do the same for the next owner.”
Aimee is donating her 2012 Honda Odyssey minivan with wheelchair conversion, automatic ramp and front row seats which are removable to accommodate wheelchairs. AMS Vans is donating $7,500 worth of reconditioning to make the minivan mechanically sound with cosmetic improvements. AMS Vans will also donate free oil changes and tire rotations for as long as the recipient owns the vehicle.
“AMS Vans is proud to partner with the Aimee Copeland Foundation and FODAC to provide someone in our community an opportunity for independence,” said Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of AMS Vans. “We are inspired by Aimee’s dedication to give back to the community as it supports our mission to empower people with disabilities.”
“As an advocate for those with disabilities since 1986, we see first-hand how reliable transportation can change a person’s life by connecting them more readily to work and the community,” said Chris Brand, CEO of FODAC. “We are excited to work with Aimee and AMS Vans to find the right person who will use this van to reach their goals, whether it be educational, career or social.”
Applications can be found on the Aimee Copeland Foundation website. They must be submitted electronically by February 7, 2019 and include an essay explaining how the van will be used and how it will allow the recipient to help make a difference in the lives of others.
About Aimee Copeland Foundation: The Aimee Copeland Foundation (ACF) was started to provide free and low-cost counseling to people with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. Led by Aimee Copeland, a licensed master social worker with a background in eco-psychology, a quadruple amputee and a necrotizing fasciitis survivor, ACF inspires hope through action, builds community through inclusivity, provides healing through relationships, fights stigma through education, and breaks down barriers through compassion and humor.
For more information: http://aimeecopelandfoundation.org
About AMS Vans: AMS Vans is America’s Mobility Superstore, a national wheelchair accessible van dealer and manufacturer with a mission to deliver the industry’s best adaptable vehicles and mobility equipment that meets the unique needs of our customers at a price they can afford. With over 20 years of dedicated service to helping thousands of amazing people realize true mobility freedom, the AMS Vans nationwide family is growing every day. For more information about AMS Vans, visit www.amsvans.com
About FODAC:Now celebrating its 33rd anniversary, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) continues to help people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished durable medical equipment (DME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 350 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less. FODAC has also been fully accredited by Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act. For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit fodac.org, and follow FODAC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. ,