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Toyota Helps Open Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center

Spinal cord injuries can be some of the most life-changing injuries—causing many people to become paralyzed. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently to some of our military veterans while fighting overseas. One veteran, Romy Camargo was paralyzed after a sniper’s bullet hit him in the neck.

After his injuries, he and his wife, Gaby, decided to help make the lives of other paraplegics and quadriplegics better by opening a spinal cord injury recovery center called Stay In Step.

Toyota donated $300,000 to help open the doors of the center in Tampa, Florida, that will be available to both veterans and civilians. In addition to the funds, Toyota donated a wheelchair-accessible 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan at the grand opening on June 20th.

“Supporting Stay In Step is aligned with Toyota’s corporate vision to lead the way to the future of mobility and enrich lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people,” said Chief Administrative Officer Simon Nagata, in a statement. “Toyota is proud to support Stay In Step and the tremendous work of Romy and Gaby.”

Stay In Step will use intense strength and conditioning exercises to help patients on the road to recovery and will focus on a “never quit” mentality for its patients and families.

Wow! What amazing dedication from the Camargo family and Toyota to help people get back on their feet. You find more information online and make sure to visit us at Bill Walsh Toyota for all your Toyota needs.

Camping in Ottawa, Illinois

There’s nothing quite like spending a couple of days camping with your family—the delicious smell of the fire, roasting marshmallows, catching fireflies, fishing on the lake, and hiking through the forest. If these thoughts have you yearning for your next camping adventure, here are some great places to go camping in Ottawa, Illinois.

  • Buffalo Rock State Park. If primitive camping is what you prefer, this is a great park to visit. There are three primitive camping areas along the trail between Buffalo Rock and Utica. Keep in mind that the sites are not accessible by motor vehicle and do not have water or restroom facilities.
  • Starved Rock State Park. This large park has 129 premium campsites. At this park you can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, and more. There are frequent special events at Starved Rock, so check the calendar to see what’s happening.
  • Illini State Park. This state park has campsites for every type of camper, including tent sites and trailer sites with both electric and sanitation services. You can even capture some breathtaking views of the beautiful Illinois River.
  • Matthiessen State Park. This is a great park for horse lovers. It includes nine miles of horseback riding trails and an equestrian campground located west of Route 178 between Route 71 and the Dells Area entrance. The campground and trails are open until October 31st.

Where is your favorite local camping destination? Let us here at Bill Walsh Toyota know!