Eric Arrington (left) poses for a picture with Scott Sibley, CEO of the San Manuel Bottled Water Group, after receiving word that he will get an Outrider Arm Lift to be installed in the back of his pickup truck to lift his wheelchair for him.
Briana Walker, a model, motivational speaker, and athlete, is delighted with the handcycle she received during the PossAbilities event. Made possible by the generosity of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, it will make it possible for her to perform at a higher level in athletic competition.
“Footsteps of the Unknown” will screen at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, one of the first movie studios in California, located across the street from Paramount Studios.
Leonard Castillo says thank you after learning that he will receive a hand-cycle that will help him achieve his weight loss goal and prevent the onset of Type II diabetes.
After Willie Stewart (left) inducted Joe Tinker into the PossAbilities Hall of Heroes posthumously, Nancy and George Tinker (right) tell how their son, Joe, benefited from the PossAbilities program. “PossAbilities helped Joe find meaning in his life,” they said. The first Joe Tinker scholarship supported the participation of Akian Aleong, a double amputee, in the Ironman Hawaii world championship in October. Aleong finished second in the handcycle division of the event.
Wesley Farris (left) is awarded a scholarship for tuition and books by Mr. Sibley so Mr. Farris can continue his education at the master’s level for rehab counseling.
Richard Devylder, deputy director of the California State Department of Rehabilitation, inspired those attending the PossAbilities Scholarship Dinner with what he has achieved despite being born without arms or legs. “I wanted to live a life committed to people with disabilities,” he says. Working under Gov. Schwarzenegger, Mr. Devylder loves being a part of policymaking for the disabled.
Scott Sibley (right), CEO of San Manuel Bottled Water Group, presents a check for $100,000 to Michael Jackson, MPH (left), senior vice president and hospital administrator for Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, on behalf of the Big Bear Mountain Bottled Water company and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Michael Jackson, MPH (far left), administrator of the East Campus, along with members of Team PossAbilities (at right), thank representatives of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for their ongoing support of the PossAbilities program.
Sarah Jaggers, born with osteogenisis imperfecta or brittle bone disease, receives a scholarship to attend La Sierra University, where she is studying psychology.
Haun Nguyen thanks Mr. Sibley for the racing wheelchair provided by PossAbilities so the professor of mathematics could continue training and compete in triathlons.
Michael Jackson, MPH, remarked, “We’re really here to celebrate these individuals.”
Master of ceremonies Willie Stewart, coordinator for PossAbilities, welcomes everyone to the banquet December 8.
Adam Bendix, posing here with Santa Claus as played by Fabio Maia, received an adaptive recreational bicycle.
Eddie Ramirez admires his sports wheelchair that he will use to play wheelchair basketball with the Rolling Bears.
Santa brings an adaptive recreational bicycle to KFRG disc jockey Doug “E” Frog, a polio survivor who completed his first athletic event at the PossAbilities Championship Triathlon in March.
Vivi Burns, director of PossAbilities, presided as mistress of ceremonies, introducing each of the scholarship winners.