Monthly Archives: December 2012
Today, we’re so happy and proud to announce a partnership with a local family – the Diviney Family of Ashburn, Virginia. Just a little background for you: we first became aware of the Diviney family story earlier this year. Ryan Diviney, at the time a sophomore at West Virginia University, was brutally beaten by a group of strangers while attending the university in 2009. Ryan miraculously survived the vicious attack; however, he still remains in a vegetative state to this day. His primary caretaker – his father Ken – resigned from his career after the attack to tend full-time to Ryan.
Earlier this year, Ryan’s sister Kari, reached out to me requesting our assistance with their family. Since we get many, many requests from very worthwhile organizations and individuals every day, unfortunately there are limited resources available to honor each and every request. However, the Diviney family story resonated very strongly with me as well as many members of the Koons organization. The family story is not only that of great challenge and difficulty given the situation, but also one of true inspiration and LOVE. The love and strength of the family is so apparent when you read about and meet this family. It is truly heartwarming to see the great lengths Ryan’s family has gone to support him and provide care for him.
Kari mentioned to me that the assistance they needed was in the form of help with a vehicle, obviously my family company’s specialty. A vehicle in which to transport Ryan out of the house not only to his many appointments, but also to simply give Ryan a change of scenery from inside his home. The family wanted to be able to take Ryan out for a car ride, or to the park, while allowing Ryan to continue to experience life in the outdoors. Their current vehicle that was ‘equipped’ to carry Ryan was a 1982 Chevy, one that they were worried about for Ryan’s safety given his special wheelchair and the age and condition of the vehicle.
Today, the Koons family and organization are proud to support the Diviney family with a new Toyota Sienna mobility van. A brand new van – specially equipped to support Ryan and his needs – will allow this amazing family to transport Ryan wherever they need. During times in which we find ourselves grieving over other events in our country and asking ‘why’ – let us take a moment to celebrate a very inspirational family who demonstrates the most visible form of selfless love. This type of caring and love is truly what makes our world great.
May you and your family have a very Happy Holiday season!