Acadian Ambulance Medic Strives to Make Child’s Wishes Come True

Acadian Ambulance Medic Strives to Make Child’s Wishes Come True

Press Release Dec 21, 2012

December 21, 2012- In August, Tabor and his partner transported 6-year-old Gavin Beard from Thibodaux Regional to Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. The hospital staff had given him coloring sheets, but he didn’t have any crayons and became upset, telling the medics he was “Captain Crayola” and needed his colors. With permission from Gavin’s mother, they stopped at a store and bought him some Crayola crayons so he could color during his transport.

Having been born premature and diagnosed with VACTERL disease, Gavin has cheated the odds and far surpassed his life expectancy. Gavin made quite an impression on Tabor that day with his feisty and wonderful spirit in spite of his frequent hospitalizations and transports, and they have since become quite close. In fact, Tabor has contacted the Make-A-Wish America foundation to try to help Gavin meet his idols: Scotty McCreery, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. He also contacted Crayola, and they were so moved with the story of “Captain Crayola” that they sent a care package full of their new products to Gavin just in time for Christmas.

“Gavin is truly a miracle,” said Tabor. “Despite the obstacles in his path he always has a smile on his face and positive attitude. He has been an inspiration to me and everyone around him, and he truly deserves to have every wish that he makes come true.”

The Facebook world has joined in to make Gavin’s wishes a reality; since Acadian Ambulance posted it on their page a few days ago it has gotten over 360 shares. One of the people who noticed the post was a local state trooper who plans on helping Gavin through their Grant-A-Wish program. Other people have also contacted Tabor after seeing the post to send Gavin Christmas gifts.

Acadian Ambulance is committed to their patients and their communities. They are an emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider to Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

Since 1971, Acadian has provided the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade, the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian’s six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.

 

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