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Spring Newsletter Quarterly News for Huntsville TN Valley AMBUCS. What we did last Quarter and what is coming up this Quarter. Many Opportunities to Volunteer. Spring Quarter 2012 Ms Wheelchair AL 2011 Shannon Roberts gives her time to HTV AMBUCS which helps to spread her Platform. Page 2

Issue 2- April 2012 Ms Wheelchair AL Pageant 2012 HTV AMBUCS volunteered at the 2012 pageant held in Huntsville, AL Page 2

Alabama Gives Day

and other Fundraising Alabama Gives Day The first annual AL Gives Day was a success. HTV AMBUCS was asked to participate in this special day of giving. This was modeled after a similar day of giving in Colorado and other states. The AL Broadcasters Association sponsored the day. We were able to share this and other AMBUCS news on WTKI Morning Show. HTV AMBUCS raised $1200.00 during Feb 2nd, day of giving. Alabamians gave $738,074 to various

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AmTryke Trailer Hits the Road HTV AMBUCS has an AmTryke Mobile Evaluation Trailer Made many appearances this past Quarter. Page 3

Students Help to Build AmTrykes Students from Oakwood University, UAH, and Summit Community Church helped out HTV AMBUCS. Page 4

Venturi Brighter Day Foundation Grant Five riders got AmTrykes in March Thanks to Venturi Grant. Page 1

Spring Events Calendar of upcoming events. APRIL, MAY and JUNE Page 4

rode their bikes. Mom was happy that Ireland would finally have enough support to use a bike. Mom can control this tryke from behind since Ireland is still having troubles watching the road and steering at the same time. Belk Charity Sale April 21st 6-10am was the Semi-Annual Belk Charity Sale. It included items on Sale from 20-70% off and Rarely HTV AMBUCS join WTKI Morning Show To Discounted Items. A ticket is required to Advertise AL Gives Day, Feb 2. get into this special sale. Buy them from Pictured- Tami Tubell, Fred Holland HTV AMBUCS for $5 each and 100% of and Otha Solomon the money goes to us. The shopper gets their $5 back with $5 off coupon on their Non-profits in AL. The Donation site is 1st purchase. If you would like to sell still open for regular donations at: http:// some for us next Fall, Please contact Tami www.razoo.com/story/Huntsville-TnTubell, 25-520-5194. We well participate Valley-Friends-Ambucs in this again in Nov and next spring. We Venturi Brighter Day Foundation will announce ticket sales earlier now that Again HTV AMBUCS received a grant we are on the list. from the Venturi Foundation this year. Courtney Farley from Venturi was on hand on March 31st to give an AmTryke to Ireland, one lucky rider. Ireland was fitted for her Rear Steer AmTryke in Jan. Ireland was excited to finally be able to ride her new AmTryke with her younger brother and family. She was tired of riding in a stroller while everyone else 1


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MsWheelchair AL 2011 and 2012 Spotlight on Shannon Roberts and the 2012 Pageant

Ms Wheelchair AL 2012 Pageant Shannon Roberts, Ms Wheelchair AL 2011 Shannon Roberts, Ms Wheelchair AL 2011, will gladly share her story and Platform “Breaking the Barriers of Social Misconceptions and Social Awkwardness,”(around individuals with disabilities). Shannon has spent this year speaking to many groups and fostering inclusion in all areas of life. She says, “Please walk up and talk to me. I am a person just like you who happens to use a wheelchair to get around.” Shannon was in a car accident at the age of 15 with her older brother. After many surgeries and close calls, she is now about to graduate from Athens State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology this May. Since First meeting Shannon in Oct 2011, she has volunteered many hours to HTV AMBUCS. At the same time Shannon was able to share her Platform at the January members meeting, Scout Reach 2012, to Liberty Middle School Students, two AmTryke Build Days and more. She will be joining us at the Southern Regional AMBUCS Conference. Shannon had an opportunity to try the 1000 Community Cruiser in January at an HTV AMBUCS Fitting Day. With help from many in the community, HTV AMBUCS was able to surprise Shannon, delivering her AmTryke during her day at Liberty MS. Jim McKemy from Civitans Care, a non-profit in Huntsville, AL; helped to fund the AmTryke for Shannon. Glass Seating & Mobility was able to add side lateral supports to the Cruiser and make it safe for Shannon, who has difficulty with trunk control. HTV AMBUCS is privileged to give back to Shannon after she spent all her time speaking for those with disabilities. 2

Pictured above- Shannon Roberts, Ms Wheelchair AL 2011; Michele Miller, Ms Wheelchair AL, 2012; and Shelby Albert, Runner up. HTV AMBUCS volunteered and assisted with the Ms Wheelchair AL Pageant 2012, held on March 24th, 2012. Shannon Roberts Gave up her Crown, ending her year, in Huntsville, AL. This is not a Beauty Contest, but a forum to advance issues affecting those with disabilities. The winner must be able to travel and speak for those with disabilities. After a day of personal interviews and a public speech the 2012 winner was crowned. Thank you to the Judges this year, Don Gardner; Trisston Burrows, Ms Wheelchair AL 2005; and Charlene Breuggeman with Fox 54. The 1st Little Miss Wheelchair AL 2012, Destiny Blackburn, received her AmTryke in 2010 from HTV AMBUCS. We hope to make this an annual HTV AMBUCS volunteer opportunity depending on the location of the Pageant each year.

Ms Wheelchair AL 2012, Michele Miller Michele Miller is the new reigning Ms Wheelchair AL, 2012. She has adopted the Platform to teach social acceptance and tolerance in the early grades of school. She wants to develop program to teach children that everyone is worth getting to know even if they don’t look like you, get around like you or talk like you. Michele was born in 1970 and diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at 9 months old. Her parents were wonderful strong people who never allowed her to use the word can’t. Its because of their strength and determination that she lives a “normal life,” she completed high school, went to college and always pushses herself to do better. She is now a mother of 2 handsome, smart young men. (Colby 20 and Matthew 17). Although she lost her parents in 2006, she is still blessed to have her grandmother. Michele has a loving and supportive family and says she is married to her best friend, Alan. Michele says, “He is an amazing person. I spend a lot of time with family, and also give back within my community. I believe that giving back is essential to the positive growth of the world.” This Volunteer spirit is why Michele is one of HTV AMBUCS’ favorite people. She has volunteered with us bowling at the 2012 Spina Bifidia Bowl-a-thon. She will help the Birmingham Chapter and HTV AMBUCS in many events. We cheer her on as she goes to Providence, Rhode Island for the National Competition of Ms Wheelchair America in August. GOOD LUCK MICHELE! --Tami Tubell

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AmTryke Trailer on the Road The Many Stops over the Winter

AmTryke Fittings - UCP and Decatur HS

Mardi Gras Parade

The Mobile AmTryke Trailer Started the new year rolling. It made two Evaluation Stops in Jan and Feb.

The AmTryke Trailer participated in the 1st Mardi Gras Parade at Magnolia Trace Retirement Life Community on March 9th. Thanks to Jim Sledd for pulling the trailer. He stepped in when Ken Mitchell had to back out due to his wife’s recent health issues. Tami Forwood-Tubell volunteered riding the 1000 Community Cruiser in the parade. (pictured above) “The hills were tough but the 3-speed on this model made the difference. I was very sore for the next week. Using your arms to pedal is not as easy as it looks.” Residents of the community loved the Beads and Moon Pies provided to us to throw.

January 17th the Trailer made a Stop at the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Therapy Clinic in Huntsville. 13 Children and 1 Adult were able to try the many AmTryke models to determine the size tryke and support needed for each rider. Andrea Batts, DPT; Janet Taylor, OTR; and Tami Forwood-Tubell, MPT spent the day sizing the potential riders. These AmTrykes were order and should all be Delivered by the end on April. (Kayla pictured below) On February 3rd, the Trailer stopped at the Decatur High School Developmental Wing to fit children from the Athens and Decatur Areas. Fourteen children were sized by Robin Irwin, ScDPT; Stacy Palmer, DPT; Tami Forwood-Tubell, MPT; and Kana Irwin, Student PT. (pictured above) We are still trying to raise the Funds to pay for these AmTrykes. Please help us by seeing our fundraising events mentioned on Page 1.

learned. These stations allowed the Scouts to earn their Disability Patch and Belt Loop. Thanks to Shannon Roberts, Ms Wheelchair AL 2011 for spending her time with the Scouts. Shannon was able to enlighten the Scouts about the hardships of those with a disability and how to include them in all activities. Scouts got an opportunity to sit in Shannon’s manual wheelchair and try to maneuver, open doors and other activities to understand this point of view. The Scouts also got the opportunity to see Shannon’s car, with an automated ramp and specialized power steering, gas and brake. It is worth time to see Shannon’s car if you ever get the opportunity. (Jim Sledd with Trailer, bottom center; Shannon with Scouts, above and below) --Tami Tubell

Scout Reach 2012 For the second year, HTV AMBUCS participated in Scout Reach. This year we took the AmTryke Trailer, Scouts assisted building a small AmTryke, Shannon Roberts spoke about her life in a wheelchair, and Scouts drew cards about the things they Spring 2012 Newsletter

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Up Coming Events

There are many opportunities to Volunteer or Make a Difference in Mobility. This is a list of the currently planned events. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with daily events and additions. We are always looking for volunteers to help in many ways. April Events

May Events

•AL PT Assoc. Spring Conference, Info Booth April 13-15. Orange Beach, AL •Autism Walk, April 14 at Hampton Cove Elem. •Southern Regional Conference April 20-12, at Homewood Suites, Providence •Spina Bifida Bowl-a-thon April 21, at Madison Bowl •Belk Charity Sale, April 21. Fundraiser-- Tickets for Sale $5 each •Disability Prom. April 28th call for info

•North Ala EI Training EventSprouting for Success--May 2nd, Mayfair Church of Christ, HSV • Mayor’s Bike Ride- May 5th, Downtown, HSV •Redstone MWR Health Fair May 15th •Fort Payne Fitting Date TBD

June Events • Pancake Breakfast, for Decatur Trykes, TBD •Decatur Tryke Build, TBD

Volunteer Support July Events •National AMBUCS convention July 11-14, Oklahoma City

Recent Grants •Venturi Brighter Day Foundation

AL Gives Day and Other Donations Tami Forwood-Tubell Michael Forsyth Huntsville Civitans Paula Cushman

Shannon Roberts Robin Irwin, DPT Stacy Palmer, DPT Andrea Batt, DPT Janet Taylor, OTR Kana Irwin, Student PT Lexie Tubell Amanda Williams Sydnee Shadoan Sarah Prater Ashley Whigham Jim Sledd Summit Church youth Group UAH SGA Oakwood MAPS

Students help Build AmTrykes HTV AMBUCS has been blessed this quarter with many helping hands. Oakwood University Minority Association of Pre-Med Students (MAPS) helped us to build the 6 Adult Demo Trykes in January. (pictured to the right) An Adult Fitting was held at the same time to fit William Cheeks and Shannon Roberts, Ms Wheelchair AL 2011 on an AmTryke. MAPS students have helped HTV AMBUCS multiple times this past year. They organized a Health Fair on campus for fellow students, March 25th, 2012. HTV AMBUCS had an info booth there. The Oakwood students and alumni are very supportive of our Chapter. March 21st Members of the Summit Community Church Youth Group helped to build 4 AmTrykes for riders from the Huntsville UCP Fitting, Jan 17th. Additionally, they helped to make donation cans to be distributed in the community to raise money for trykes. This is the first time they have joined us. We hope to give them more opportunities to volunteer. (picture lower left) Members of the UAH Student Government Association (SGA) has helped HTV AMBUCS every year with projects. Last year the helped us move into our storage room at Shepard Signs. This year they helped us build the remaining 6 AmTrykes from the Huntsville UCP fitting and deliver three Trykes to deserving riders. This was also at the 347 Community Room on March 31st. On this same day Ireland Welsh, and William Cheeks got their AmTrykes. William is our 3rd Adult tryke: He is a double amputee and rides one of our Adult Arm Cycles with his legs supported out in front. Ireland was very excited about her new tryke. She can now ride with her brother instead of watching from the side. Ireland got one of the new 1500 series AmTrykes with the rear steering and brake so Mom and Dad can help her. (picture lower right) --Tami Tubell

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