For most teenagers, turning 16-years-old means one thing -- the chance to get your license, but for one local high school student, that chance seemed more like a long shot.
© Herald photo by Ian Cowie
Carlton Comprehensive High School student Cole Amy and his service dog Narco stand in front of his new truck. Amy used the $2,000 Safeway Mobility Grant that he recently received to purchase hand controls to make driving his truck possible.
“In order to get my license, I needed to get special hand controls installed in my truck,” Cole Amy said.
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy has weakened Amy’s muscles throughout much of his body, requiring him to now use a wheelchair most of the time.
The $2,000 price tag that the hand controls carried made it next to impossible for the Carlton Comprehensive High School student to purchase, which meant he wasn’t going to be getting his license anytime soon.
However, Amy’s luck would soon change after he heard about a Safeway Mobility Grant that might cover the cost of the hand controls.
A few months ago, Amy received word that he would receive $2,000 from the Safeway Mobility Grant to have hand controls installed in his truck, making it possible for the 16-year-old to get his license.
“It’s allowed me to be a lot more independent,” Amy said.
Now that Amy is able to drive his truck, he says he loves to go quading with friends, go to the lake with his family or watching his favourite team -- the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- play at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
“I never miss a game,” he said.
Starting on July 31, Safeway’s customers from across Canada will take part in the annual month-long fundraising and awareness campaign in support of children, youth and adults affected by neuromuscular disorders.
This is the sixth consecutive year customers of Canada Safeway will raise funds for research and to support equipment through the Safeway Mobility Grants program, Prince Albert Safeway store manager Jim Buzzard said on Sunday.
“Canada Safeway continues its commitment to raise much needed funds for research and to provide equipment through the Safeway Mobility Grants program for people with neuromuscular disorder,” said Catherine Sherrard, CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
“Our strong partnership continues to move us forward, to strive to do better and to one day in our lifetime attain our vision of finding a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.
Buzzard said none of this would be possible without the generosity of Safeway customers and the enthusiasm of their employees.
“Through the Safeway Mobility Grants program, we are able to make a substantial contribution for individuals and families living with debilitating neuromuscular diseases Buzzard said.
For the entire month of August, customers of Safeway’s across Canada will help to support families living with disabilities in Canada by raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy.
More than $1 million was raised last year through a variety of in-store fundraising events and the Safeway Walk for Muscular Dystrophy. Since 2008, the campaign has provided Mobility Grants to families for 498 specialized pieces of equipment totaling more than $2.7 million.
In the past decade, Safeway customers have raised more than $76 million across Northern America, including $5.5 million from Canada, in support of families living with neuromuscular disorders.
During the campaign, Canada Safeway customers are invited to make a donation at the checkstand when shopping at their local Safeway.
All of the funds raised during the campaign will fund valuable research and provide Safeway Mobility Grants that support equipment needs for hundreds of families in western Canada.