Larry the Cable Guy Helps Youngster Get Back in the Hunt with Wheelchair ATV

By: Courtesy: Git-R-Done Foundation Email
By: Courtesy: Git-R-Done Foundation Email

About the Git R Done Foundation:  The Git-R-Done Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by Larry the Cable Guy and his wife, Cara, as a focal point for the family’s philanthropy in 2009.  The foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to individuals, families and organizations that have experienced hardships beyond their control.  The Git-R-Done Foundation has made numerous donations, including donations to the Arnold Palmer Foundation for the treatment and cure of hip dysplasia and the Children’s Advocacy Center.  For information or to donate, visit www.gitrdonefoundation.org.

About Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital provides hope and healing to thousands of people whose lives had been interrupted by traumatic events or illness. Madonna’s approach to rehabilitation is much more than therapy; it’s about rebuilding lives and families and putting hopes and dreams back together. Through CARF-accredited rehabilitation programs and services, Madonna offers individualized treatment to help every patient heal in mind, body and spirit – and ultimately live life to the fullest. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital is located at 5401 South Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, 68506. For more information, go to www.Madonna.org or call 402-489-7102.

Blake Werts loves hunting, fishing and laughing with his family and friends. The Scott Middle School 7th grader from Lincoln, Neb., doesn’t let cerebral palsy limit his activities. Blake loves to get outside with his brother, Bryce, and his friends. Now, thanks to Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation making a $25,000 donation to The Hope First Equipment Fund at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Blake can finally get out into the fields of Nebraska to hunt for pheasants, quail and maybe even a deer.

"Blake is a great kid and I’m glad we could help him out. I feel sorry for the pheasants though. With those new ATV wheels, Blake will baggin’ his limit,” said Larry the Cable Guy.Blake is a great kid and I’m glad we could help him out. I feel sorry for the pheasants though. With those new ATV wheels, Blake will baggin’ his limit,” said Larry the Cable Guy.

Working with a wheelchair expert from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, where Blake gets outpatient treatment each week, the Git-R-Done Foundation donation funded a specialized ATV wheelchair that will allow Blake to move over all types of terrain. It even manages in snow, which is a good thing considering the 30+ inches that has covered eastern Nebraska this winter. In addition, Hanger Industries discounted the specialized wheelchair and fabricated a gun mount and ramp to access Blake’s hunting trailer to help on his hunts.

“I thank Larry for this awesome ATV,” said Blake. “I’m going to go everywhere with it. I want to drive it to school!”

The X8-Extreme by Innovations in Motion is a powerful, electric motorized vehicle with 14” knobby tires for excellent traction. Driving on sand, soft ground, snowy or wet ground, or even slippery surfaces presents no problems to the Extreme. This is made possible by the patented passive steering system, a breakthrough in wheelchair design. Blake controls the wheelchair through a joystick that provides 360 degree turning, acceleration and reverse options.

“Rehabilitation is about helping people do the things they enjoy. We are delighted to help kids like Blake through a variety of adaptive sports and recreation activities and workshops. Many people don’t realize all the options that are available in adaptive sports, like wheelchair basketball, soccer and rugby, fishing, golf, sled hockey, hand cycling and horseback riding,” said Marsha Lommel, president and CEO of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

“We thank Larry’s Git-R-Done Foundation for their generosity. Words cannot express our gratitude for their perfect gift for Blake. Blake is very active outside and this will really increase his mobility. This is a great day,” said Kevin Werts, Blake’s dad. “I want to also thank all of our family members who came out to share this special day with Blake and thank you to the Madonna team and to the Hanger team. Both organizations worked hard to get the perfect chair for Blake.”


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