Wheelchair athlete receives van from local charity

The Kyle Pease Foundation recently presented Ricardo Aranda, long-time foundation athlete and Jake Vinson Family Grant recipient, a wheelchair accessible van valued at $30,000 from MobilityWorks, according to a press release. The van will provide Aranda and his family reliable transportation, custom outfitted for his wheelchair, to get around town, including traveling to foundation races and events.

Aranda was born with cerebral palsy and was diagnosed with legal blindness due to optic nerve atrophy.

Since its inception, The Kyle Pease Foundation, located in Doraville, has supported 84 athletes across more than 400 finish lines and raised nearly $3 million. The Kyle Pease Foundation’s Vinson Family Grant was created in 2015 to honor the foundation’s very first athlete, Jake Vinson, who passed away.

The Kyle Pease Foundation, founded in 2011, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the disabled through sports. It is focused on generating awareness of inclusion and raising funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs. Its founders, Brent and Kyle Pease, who strive to provide an inclusive community to all, made history as the first push-assisted brother duo to complete the IRONMAN World Championship in 2018. The foundation’s programs include scholarships, medical or adaptive sports equipment and contributing to organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons. The foundation also participates in educational campaigns to create awareness about cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Information: www.kylepeasefoundation.org

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