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Tradewinds April 2014 Web

April 2014

A New Idea of Mobility

A New Idea of Mobility Disabled Veterans will learn to fly By:Derek Baker May is National Mobility Awareness Month. According to the Mobility Awareness website, over 18 million people have mobility issues in the United States and Canada. This year, OBX Jetpak and Outer Banks Realty Group will sponsor several adventures in which a number of disabled veterans will have the opportunity to utilize the water jets employed by OBX Jetpak to be shot over the sound. These events will be sponsored and organized by Butch Stone, owner and operator of OBX Jetpak, Jane Ford, with Outer Banks Realty Group, and Rebecca Wilson of the Albemarle Tradewinds. The events are scheduled to culminate at Harborfest. It is the hope of the organizers to bring disabled veterans and disabled children together to enjoy an adventure on the Jetpak. In association with “Paralyzed Veterans of America,” a select few disabled veterans will come together to be hoisted into the air and have a firsthand experience of what OBX Jetpak has to offer. Stone hopes that these events will be enjoyed by those who would otherwise not be able to enjoy OBX Jetpak, saying “It’s something new to do; I doubt they (disabled veterans) have the opportunity to fly that often.” Stone went on to say that the events may happen in Manteo, near the bridge. Stone also works with Kitty Hawk Kites, where he “teaches people to fly.” He does this by using a remote control and throttle to help his students. Although no dates have been set, the events will happen over the next few months, with the events ultimately coming together to promote National Mobility Awareness month. National Mobility Awareness Month is “dedicated to showing the world how people with disabilities can live active, mobile lifestyles,” according to www. What could be a better way to show that individuals with mobility issues are active than by shooting them high into the air above the sound? More information about these events will be forthcoming; information can be found on Facebook as new news surfaces; remember that information about Mobility Awareness Month can be found at the mobility awareness website mentioned within this article. Individuals are encouraged to donate, if possible, to “Paralyzed Veterans of America,” on their website. The Outer Banks is no stranger to those with mobility issues; whether they are local, or part of the yearly tourism flow, they support the Outer Banks Economy. With the help of Stone, Ford, and Wilson, the Outer Banks Economy is now giving back. Leslie Cornett Custom Upholstery Recovering Style & Comfort Since 1983 252-619-5654 Call about art classes Every Saturday!

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