Coming Spring 2019

The Triumph Book: RAISING WHEELS features stories from exceptional parents raising differently abled children as well as the motivating examples of those who are personally achieving greatness by living life on wheels.

The RAISING WHEELS compilation of stories provides the much needed and virtually non-existent guide for parents of special needs children and inspiration for anyone dealing with adversity.

Meet the Authors & contributors

First official meeting with some of the book contributors held inside the Copp Family Accessible Home.

Melanie Davis

After suffering the loss of her seven-month old daughter, Brynn, to SIDS, Melanie found healing and purpose by sharing her story with those who could be encouraged and inspired by the wisdom and purpose she found in her daughter’s death.

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Melissa & Jody Copp

Melissa and her husband, Jody Copp, reside in Waco, TX. They are raising their sons, Calan (9) and Lawson (6), who both were born with a rare genetic condition that is life threatening and dramatically affects their ability to stand and walk on their own.

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Janice & Rick Mason

Janice and Rick Mason live in Austin, TX. Their oldest son, Connor (19), has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to access his world. Their middle son, Brice (16), is typically developing. At the age of 46, Janice was surprised to learn she was pregnant with their third son, Isaac (8).

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Tiffany & Barry Elkins

Tiffany and Barry Elkins, live in Texas where they are raising their children, Collin (17), Cade (15) and Molly Kate (5). Molly Kate has a brain condition called cerebellar hypoplasia which affects her balance as well as her ability to speak, walk and coordinate her movements.

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Ashley Ballew

Ashley Ballew is the single mother of an amazing 16-year-old son named Benjamin.  At eight months, when they relocated back to her hometown Waco, TX, Benjamin was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. He is battling Spastic Quadriplegia, and Dystonic CP. Benjamin is bound to a wheelchair, with limited movement in the four quadrants of his body.

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Stacy Zoern Goad

Stacy Zoern Goad has never walked, due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy, yet has had an accomplished academic and professional career. She graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in philosophy and psychology with highest honors and went on to attend the University of Texas School of Law.

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Simon Calcavecchia

Simon Calcavecchia moved to Australia in 2002 to follow his dream of playing rugby.  After his third game of the season, he was injured in a scrum leaving him with c5/6 quadriplegia.  Several years after the injury, Simon graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. 

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Doris Parker

Doris Parker is the Executive Director of the PMD Foundation.  She lives in Salado with her husband, Ben, daughter, Taylor, and son Logan.  Logan has a rare genetic disease called Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease, which affects 1 in 500,000 births. 

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Erin Kiltz

Erin Kiltz is the founder of His Grace Foundation, a ministry to the bone marrow transplant unit of Texas Children’s Hospital in 1997, and co-founded Wheels of Fun, a company that creates custom spoke guard covers for wheelchairs, in 2006.

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David Farber

Imagine being in an accident where, because of your serious and extreme injuries, you are given less than a 10 percent chance of surviving even one night.  This is just the beginning of David Farber’s Triumph story and journey across the globe in a power wheelchair, photographing nature in the most remote locations, from Alaska to Africa. 

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Jeff Rose

As a promising young athlete with a bright career as a runway model in New York, Jeff Rose began struggling physically and soon learned of his diagnosis, Friedrich’s Ataxia, which falls under the category of muscular dystrophy.  Over the years, Jeff’s body has become weaker but his spirit has soared! 

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Cami Barney

Cami Barney lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she works as a registered nurse. She lives with her husband Nate and their son, Calvin (4).  Calvin was born with a hole in his spine and is paralyzed from the waist down. They all enjoy their new life on wheels. 

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Lynette Connell Jones

Lynette Connell Jones’ life changed forever in 1999 when she was working as a leading sales and marketing consultant for Capstar Broadcasting Inc. in Waco, Texas. She miraculously survived a rollover car accident breaking her neck and leaving her a quadriplegic, paralyzed her from the chest down.

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Evonne Fraga

Evonne has survived the unimaginable, the loss of a child due to cancer and the loss of her husband of almost twenty years.  Her faith and the love of family continue to guide her on a daily basis. There are no such things as coincidences, especially when a son is born 12 weeks premature on the very day his older brother passed away of brain cancer seven years previous. 

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Rene and Lindsay Szalay

Rene and Lindsey were both born with Cerebral Palsy and each one grew up not letting any physical challenge stop them from achieving their goals.  They laugh about how they were set up and spent their first date comparing surgeries and realizing how much they had in common.  One year later, they were married.

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Jessica Esamilla

Jessica Esamilla is a Houston native who advocates for Spina Bifida. Ms. Escamilla earned a degree in Child Development in 2009 from San Jacinto North community college and is now seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Jessica currently holds the title for Ms Wheelchair Texas USA.

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