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July 17 Awareness Event Will Raise Funds and Hope for People with Disabilities

Emily Progin, PR and Communications Coordinator

[email protected] / 800.642.8399

Release: Immediate


Guest Speakers, Live Music, Raffles, Food Trucks, and More for a Cause

ARLINGTON, Texas—On Saturday, July 17 from noon to 7 p.m. at River Legacy Park (Elm Grove Pavilion, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd in Arlington), gather to celebrate the disability community and raise funds for an important cause. Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy guest speakers from the disability community, live music, raffles, food trucks, and more in the park.

The Wheels for Rick fundraiser and awareness event will help the community to understand the lives of people with disabilities while supporting charitable fundraising efforts for an accessible van through the nonprofit Help Hope Live.


  • Indulge with food trucks with 10 to 15% of purchases supporting the charity
  • Enjoy live music from Hub City Trio
  • From 2 p.m. to 3:35 p.m., roll a mile in someone else’s shoes as you hear from guest speakers including local politicians Marvin Sutton and Dewayne Washington plus representatives from United Access, Pate Rehab, Lift Aids, Rollx Vans, MobilityWorks, Lions Club, Daystar, and others
  • Raffles will be drawn at 4 p.m. with all raffle entries benefitting the charity
  • Bring chairs or a blanket (there is no formal seating in the park). Picnic tables are first come, first served. The playground will be available for kids to enjoy

The event is free to attend, but donations to the charity will be gratefully accepted throughout the day. Any funds raised will benefit Help Hope Live to assist with fundraising for an accessible van for the event planner, Rick Snyder, an Arlington resident living with paralysis since a car accident when he was 26.

“If I could change one thing, it would be awareness of disabilities like mine in our society,” said Rick. “This kind of accident can happen to anyone, and there is such a strong need to help people get back to being productive members of society.”

Rick is fundraising for an accessible van—typically $20,000 to $70,000 with no help from insurance—through the national nonprofit Help Hope Live. By working directly with the nonprofit, Rick can ensure that all donations in his honor are tax deductible, medically verified, and responsibly managed. They will not affect his personal income or assets, which is a critical consideration: Rick receives just $509 per month in Social Security disability with a strict income cap for any additional earnings or he loses his benefits.

Learn more about Rick’s journey, advocacy, and fundraising efforts at:

Special thanks to generous local sponsors Arlington Parks & Recreation, Jim and Gemma Carroll of Meet & Greet BBQ, and Sean Evans of Rita’s Water Ice.

Want to get involved as a volunteer? Contact Rick directly at 817-466-6265 or email him at [email protected]. You can contact the nonprofit by calling 800-642-8399.

Can’t attend, but want to help the nonprofit and give hope to Rick? You can make a donation at any time at

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and all funds raised will be managed by the nonprofit to cover verified medical and related expenses. Help Hope Live verifies medical and financial need for every patient.

Help Hope Live is a national nonprofit that specializes in engaging communities in secure, tax-deductible fundraising campaigns for people who need a transplant or are affected by a catastrophic injury or illness. Since 1983, campaigns organized by Help Hope Live have raised over $150 million to pay patient expenses. ###

Written by Emily Progin