Jeff Scott’s like dramatically changed one day in 2010. He has a devastating snowboarding accident which left this Victoria B.C. resident with a fractured vertebrae and a quadriplegic. A year later after many procedures and surgeries he began to have the use of this arms and wrists.
It is because of this inspiring story that Scott was named one of three “Local Heroes” for 2013 by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). At a ceremony in Victoria, B.C., he received the keys to a specially-modified 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan donated by Chrysler Group LLC, a vehicle Scott will use to further his Live It Love It Foundation’s causes.
“It is hard to put into words just how liberating a new reliable vehicle will be,” Scott said. “I look forward to all the opportunities this van will help create in allowing me to connect with more individuals, helping me spread an attitude of gratitude. Thank you all for the incredibly steadfast support and encouragement!”
“This is the second year that NMEDA has sponsored National Mobility Awareness Month in May of which the Local Heroes Contest has played a major part of the overall awareness effort,” said Dave Hubbard, Executive Director and CEO, NMEDA. “Jeff Scott is the first Canadian winner. His dedication to helping others with disabilities through his work with adventure camps made him a standout to our panel of independent judges.”
“Over 18 million people in North America are living with restrictive mobility issues,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Chrysler Canada. “Chrysler Group is pleased to help these individuals, whether through efforts like the Dodge Grand Caravan given to Jeff Scott for his inspiring tale, or via our AutoAbility program which reimburses consumers purchasing adaptive driving or passenger equipment for their new vehicle, up to $750.”