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Two Men ~ One Major Goal for Autims
Ted Lindsay, retired Detroit Red Wings player and Joel Walendowski, custom bike builder have joined together because of a common goal. Who are these two wonderful people and why?
Ted Lindsay is a former Detroit Red Wings player, actually a former NHL Captain of the Detroit Red wings. He played hockey from 1944 through 1965 as a left-winger. Ted wore number 7 with a “c” on his jersey during his career and skated with other hockey legends including likes of Gordie Howe and Sid Abel. After his team won the Stanley Cup in 1950, Ted, being the leader he was, grabbed the trophy cup, raised it above his head and skated around the rink for all to see. This was the first time this has been done by any player and now this tradition is done by all members of the team who wins the Stanley Cup.
Ted learned about autism from his goo friend, John Czarnecki, who had a son, Dominic with autism which lead Ted to start The Ted Lindsay Foundation in 2001. The foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds several different kinds of events including sales of autographed photographs and through direct donations which all contribute to helping research into the cause and a possible cure for autism. Many volunteers work every day on the top floor of the Troy Sports Center. Ted`s son-in-law, Lew LaPaugh is not taking over most of Ted`s duties for the foundation. Ted and Lew both agree that the foundation would not be what it is today without all the help of those special volunteers.
Joel Walendowski, is the owner of the Angels N Iron (ANI), a custom metal fabrication shop in Marine City as well as a member of the Local 687 Detroit Carpenter`s Union. Joel`s cousin Devon is also a child with autism. After researching the disorder, Joel wanted to do something unique to help raise awareness to autism and the challenges that so many families and the children with autism face during their lifetime. He took his talents for building bikes and created an awesome bike to bring awareness and to help the cause and search for a cure for autism.
Sounds like two familiar stories and what brought the these two together.
This custom chopper has Ted`s No 7 on the oil tank and the Red Wing logo end caps on the handgrips. The ignition bracket is shaped like three puzzle pieces symbolizing the logo for autism. The rest of the bike is painted to resemble puzzle pieces as well. After being asked by Joel, Ted graciously autographed the back fender. Joel`s hope is to have many more Red Wing players sign the chopper as well.
This chopper is an inspiration, a reason and a meaningful purpose of helping those in need. Thanks to Ted and Joel.
Chopper Signed by:
- Ted Lindsay
- Gordie How
- Alex Delvecchio
- Nick Lidstrom
- Henrik Zetterberg
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Jimmy Howard
- Roger Penske
- AND MANY MORE