Jax Dorward is a 17-year old who has used a wheelchair much of his life. Despite a life of physical adversity, this young man has demonstrated kindness and generosity to the people around him. In order to show that good deeds and friendly attitudes should not go unrewarded, a local organization called ProStar Well Service began renovating the Dorward family residence. Additionally, a retired racecar driver decided to replace Jax’s wheelchair with an incredible racecar-inspired model. This heartwarming story is a great example of people doing what they can to help.
Dorward himself is approaching his 18th birthday and preparing for his life as an adult. He struggles with a variety of health issues, like Spastic Paraplegia and Kidney Disease. These conditions have required him to spend a lot of time at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. During his time at the hospital, Dorward decided to get involved with various charity events and fundraisers to do his part for other people. It was this generosity that inspired the people at ProStar and Alair Homes to do something special. They used their skills and resources to make the Dorward family home better-suited to his wheelchair, providing a safer environment for Jax.
A fortunate coincidence then led to Jax getting an even more exciting surprise. The president of ProStar, Terry Bendera, found himself on a flight alongside ex-racecar driver Brad Janishewski. The two got to talking and Janishewski was evidently touched by the story about Dorward. So much so, that he instantly reached into his pockets in an effort to make a contribution to ProStar’s work. Then, the former professional driver learned that Dorward was a big racing fan and decided to do something extra special for the 17-year old.
At that point, the idea of a custom racecar wheelchair was born. Janishewski got to work on the plans. He used various custom car parts to create an exciting wheelchair with flashy decals, a genuine racecar seat, a stylish spoiler, and customized handbrakes too. Dorward was blown away by this surprise and is looking forward to showing his new wheels off to his friends at the children’s hospital. The young man is a big follower of professional racing and now can claim to have his own little part of the racing world to ride around in each day.
The Dorward family has been amazed by the generosity of people like Bendera and Janishewski. Jennifer Dorward, the mother of Jax, said that the whole experience was simply priceless, and that Jax was very excited by recent events. She also hopes that the changes to the house, combined with the brand new wheelchair, will help Jax to gain the confidence and independence required to help him thrive in his adult life. This young man’s 18th birthday is just around the corner, and it’s clear to see that this is one occasion he’ll always remember.