Bill, Josh and Don

Bill Wheeler

(Guatemala - 2013)

(Guatemala – 2013)

Bill Wheeler was born in San Francisco and has lived in the Bay Area his entire life. He is the owner of Black Tie Transportation in Pleasanton which he started in 1986 with the purchase of one vehicle. Today Black Tie is the leader in ground transportation in the Bay Area with more than 85 vehicles and 130 employees. Bill is heavily involved in the day to day operations of Black Tie Transportation. Over the years Bill has been a strong supporter of many local non-profit organizations such as Pleasanton Partners in Education, School of Imagination and Happy Talkers, Animal Rescue Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition, he regularly donates a school bus for use by local East Bay schools for field trips and summer camp outings. He is past President of Pleasanton North Rotary and has been involved in many fundraising campaigns to raise money to be distributed to many different organizations in the area.

In addition to giving back to his local community, Bill has been actively involved with global initiatives such as the Wheelchair Foundation. He has helped raise funds to purchase and deliver wheelchairs around the world. He has personally helped deliver thousands of wheelchairs throughout Latin America, providing mobility and the opportunity for a better life to many deserving people. It has become his life passion to raise awareness about those in need and to educate others about how easily they can change the lives of not only the recipients but of their caretakers as well.

 

Josh Routh

(Chile - 2010)

(Chile – 2010)

Josh lives in San Ramon, CA and works five days a week at Nob Hill Foods as a cashier. He also volunteers as a teacher’s aide two days a week at the School of Imagination. Josh was born with Cerebral Palsy and uses a manual wheelchair. When he was one year old the Doctors told his father that he would be a quadriplegic, not be able to talk nor go to public school. Now 35, Josh graduated from San Ramon Valley High in 1997, lives independently in his own home, drives a car and is an active member of the Tri Valley Community.

An avid sports enthusiast, Josh has been the California State Wheelchair Bowling champion three times and he snow skis, jet skis, played competitive wheelchair basketball, has run the Bay to Breakers race ten times, and is the first wheelchair user to reach the Serrano Glacier at the southern tip of Chile. He has also been sea kayaking, white water rafting, loves to go four wheel driving on the Rubicon Trail every year and is a faithful San Francisco 49ers, Giants and Warriors fan.

Josh feels very fortunate to have been provided every opportunity to lead a full and exciting life. Having both a physical and developmental disability and having been adopted at two days old, Josh has a soft spot in his heart for helping anyone that needs a wheelchair, children with disabilities and orphans.

Don Routh

(El Salvador - 2011)

(El Salvador – 2011)

Don was raised in Oakland and now lives in San Ramon, CA with his wife, Jan. He is retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a Partner in the Management Consulting Services group. His various leadership roles included running the Financial Services Consulting group for the Western US and the Banking Consulting group for North America. His career also included stops at Wells Fargo Bank where he was CFO of the Retail Banking group and IBM where he was a Vice President and Global Relationship Partner. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and is a CPA. Don and Jan have four grown children – Chris, Jason, Josh and Jenna and two grandchildren.

Don adopted Josh when he was just two days old not knowing that Josh had been born with Cerebral Palsy. As the parent of a child with special needs, Don quickly became an advocate for people with disabilities. Over the past 30+ years Don has served on the Board of several nonprofit agencies including his time as President of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate. In 1981 he helped write a California Senate Bill to insure early intervention services for children with disabilities.

Since his retirement in 2006 Don has dedicated his time to raising money for, and providing services to, the various organizations supported by Del Corazon. In addition to helping people with disabilities and orphans, Don is committed to raising awareness about the need for mobility in the world. To this end, Del Corazon is working with more than 50 public schools to raise money for wheelchairs while raising awareness and sensitizing the students about the issues and challenges faced by people with all types of disabilities.