In Loving Memory of Dillon Stuck
20 August 2003 – 27 July 2009
Bill Stuck had two young sons. Bill and his older son rode dirt bikes and attended numerous motor sport events. As his son got older, those activities become a greater part of their lives. Bill’s younger son had severe cerebral palsy and many of those same events and activities were inaccessible to him. He would never ride a motorcycle. For years, Bill thought of ways that might allow him to introduce his younger son to his love of motor sports. Bill wanted his entire family to enjoy those activities together.
After test-driving a side by side vehicle, Bill knew it was what he had been looking for. He asked his son’s therapists for their opinions and suggestions. He then looked into the availability of equipment that would adapt the vehicle to meet the needs of various disabilities.
While researching the equipment he would need for his own project, Bill found a wide variety of activities that have been made accessible to persons with disabilities. The Adaptive Sport Association has programs that offer adaptive kayaking, fishing, cycling and skiing, to name a few. Through another program, quadriplegics are able to operate a sail-boat with the aid of a sip & puff device.
What Bill did not find was any group that offered adaptive motor sports. Bill felt that his idea could help fill that void. Many teens and young adults with disabilities will never get their driver’s license, but many yearn for the opportunity to drive a vehicle. Bill appreciated how meaningful it would be for those persons and their care-givers to have that opportunity.