2017 “Get Out & Enjoy Life” Winners Announced

Fourth annual photo contest encourages people with disabilities to share their active lifestyles through photography.

The winners of the seventh annual Get Out & Enjoy Life (GOEL) photo contest have been announced, with Wyoming resident, Ashlee Lundvall taking top honors.

The GOEL competition encourages people with disabilities to enjoy an active lifestyle and share it with their peers through photography. The program is a team effort by SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), along with the Spina Bifida Association and intermittent catheter manufacturer Cure Medical.

Together, SPORTS ‘N SPOKES,  the SBA and Cure Medical. reach more than 250,000 people per week who either use wheelchairs or those who care for someone who does. Daily prize winners were chosen from those who played along on social media, with the winners receiving a prize pack that includes a 2017 Summer Tour commemorative t-shirt.

This year’s GOEL theme was SUMMER TOUR, 2017, and focused on travel regardless of paralysis.  The program emphasized activities such as adaptive sports, accessible amusement parks, inclusive vacation spots and other unique travel outings across the United States.  

“We were thrilled to offer the Get Out, Enjoy Life accessible travel contest to more than 50,000 families served by the Spina Bifida Association, and to wheelchair users nationwide,” said Cure Medical CEO John Anderson . “We hope these deserving families loved GOEL’s accessible travel resources plus the opportunity to share their own family photos as encouragement to others who want to explore their world on wheels.”

Winners from the GOEL photo contest receive the Get Out, Enjoy Life Prize Pack and the prizes listed below. 

First-Place Photo Winner: Ashlee Lundvall

As mentioned, first-place went to Lundvall, for her photo “Fly Fishing.” Ashlee will receive a custom-built Razorback wheelchair courtesy of Colours Wheelchair [$5000 retail value], the Get Out, Enjoy Life Summer Tour T-shirt, and the cover spot of the November 2017 S’NS issue. 

Second-Place Photo Winner: Seth Conroy

Second-place goes to Las Vegas resident, Sean Conroy, for his shot of Horseshoe Bend in Northern Arizona. Seth will receive a 32 GB Apple iPad with WiFi [$400 retail value] courtesy of Cure Medical, a complimentary one-year subscription to SPORTS `N SPOKES, the Get Out, Enjoy Life Summer Tour T-shirt and his winning photo featured in the Final Frame of the November 2017 issue of SPORTS `N SPOKES.

Third-Place Photo Winner: Ismael Arenas

Third-place goes to New York resident, Ismael Arenas, for his photo “Columbian Off-roading.” Ismael will receive a $300 gift card for medical supplies courtesy of At Home Medical, a complimentary copy of the November 2017 SPORTS `N SPOKES issue, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life Summer Tour T-shirt. The winning photo will be featured as “Spoke of the Week” on the S’NS web site.

Event sponsors included Colours Wheelchair, At Home Medical, Cure Medical, the Spina Bifida Association, and PVA Publications/SPORTS ‘N SPOKES Magazine.

A free accessible travel guidebook containing the updated 2017 Get Out, Enjoy Life destinations can be downloaded at:http://pvamag.com/sns/article/7991/get_out_enjoy_life_summer_tour_2017

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.


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