In 2013, Pennzoil partnered with March of Dimes Canada, a charity that provides programs and services to children and adults with disabilities, and donated $65,000, $15,000 of which was used to retrofit a vehicle. The recipients of the Pennzoil support are Tracy and Mark Lomond, a North Sydney family in desperate need of a modified van.
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Mark has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair for mobility. The family’s van had broken down, and Tracy was frequently making the four-hour trip to Halifax for Mark’s medical appointments in a car that could not accommodate his wheelchair. As a result, she had been carrying Mark to his appointments, and her mother needed to accompany her whenever the family left the house together.
“I was so excited and overwhelmed to learn that Mark and I were the recipients the generosity from Pennzoil, it’s going to change our lives,” says Tracy Lomond. “Just knowing we can be mobile and safe, go places, and travel back and forth without worrying – I can’t properly explain what a huge difference this will make,” she continues.
Vehicle modifications allow people living with disabilities the freedom of mobility, access and community participation that so many of us take for granted – but they can be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for those like the Lomond family who are living with limited or fixed incomes.
Before applying to the Pennzoil Retrofit Vehicle Initiative, Tracy received funding from President’s Choice Children’s Charity and raised a significant amount through personal fundraising efforts. The retrofit donation will now allow her to obtain the modified van her family needs.
“We are so excited to help Mark and Tracy acquire their retrofitted vehicle, knowing we are helping to make their life a little easier,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada. “We are very grateful to Pennzoil for providing this generous donation.”
“Freedom is a sentiment closely associated with the ability to drive an automobile. Yet, this freedom can be taken away if one has disabilities and cannot drive a standard automobile. Pennzoil supports organizations like March of Dimes Canada, which are dedicated to helping people with disabilities regain mobility and freedom,” says Bree Sandlin, Pennzoil Global Brand Manager.
Lawtons Home HealthCare performed the retrofit.
“The partnership with all parties, led by Pennzoil and March of Dimes not only provides for one deserving family, but it creates a heightened awareness of the need for transportation solutions for those with mobility challenges. We are extremely proud to be a part of this campaign,” says Travis Gunn, Director of Lawtons Home HealthCare.