Sunday, December 27, at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST
on FOX Sports 2
LEWISVILLE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The heartwarming and emotional unveiling of a specially refurbished and
modified van for 10-year-old Dominic “The Dominator” Cumo – the youngest
person to be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – will
be featured on an upcoming episode of the popular West Coast Customs
television show on Sunday, December 27, at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST on FOX
Dominic’s new ride is courtesy of Caliber Collision and the Auto Club of
Southern California as part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled
Rides™ program, where auto body repair facilities, insurance companies,
and others in the collision industry team up to refurbish and donate
vehicles to individuals in need.
The original 2012 Chrysler Town & Country van was donated by the Auto
Club and repaired by technicians at Caliber Collision’s Chino Valley,
California, location, who volunteered personal time as a community
service. West Coast Customs joined the effort by installing a wheelchair
lift, custom wheels, television and other interior upgrades.
Despite his debilitating and degenerative illness, Dominic has always
had a positive and cheerful spirit, eager for new experiences. The
Recycled Rides van donation will provide him with more opportunities to
enjoy his favorite activities – traveling, football games, music
concerts, and visiting firefighters – just to name a few.
The customized van will also provide comfortable transportation for the
frequent 60-mile commutes from the family’s home in Apple Valley,
California, to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, which
nominated the family for the Recycled Rides vehicle donation.
“We are thrilled to work with West Coast Customs to bring the national
spotlight to the invaluable impact our collision industry has in
providing reliable transportation for those in need through the Recycled
Rides program,” said David Goldstein, Caliber Collision Senior Vice
President of Operations. “Most important, we are honored to be able to
provide Dominic with this gift of transportation so he can indulge in
life to its fullest.”
The surprise van presentation to Dominic was filmed in October at the
West Coast Customs studio in Burbank.
“When we first heard about Dominic and his courageous spirit, we
immediately wanted to be part of this project and help make this vehicle
special for a family in need,” said West Coast Customs Founder and CEO
Ryan Friedlinghaus. “It was a pleasure to work with Caliber Collision
and AAA to put something amazing together for such an inspiring young
The upcoming West Coast Customs television episode also includes a
nostalgic tour by Friedlinghaus of his former shop in Corona and preview
of renovation plans by Caliber Collision, which purchased the facility
for its new Corona location.
About Caliber Collision Centers
Caliber Collision is one of the largest collision repair companies in
America with 353 I-CAR Gold Class Professional certified collision
repair centers across 13 states. Caliber is consistently ranked among
the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry and backs all
repair work with a written, lifetime warranty available at any of its
353 repair centers. For more information about Caliber Collision, please
visit our website at www.calibercollision.com
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About the Auto Club of Southern California
The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest member of the
AAA federation of motor clubs, has been serving Southern California
since 1900. Today, the Auto Club’s members benefit from its legendary
roadside assistance, insurance products and services, travel agency,
financial products, automotive pricing and buying programs, automotive
testing and analysis, trip planning services and highway and
transportation safety programs. Information about these products and
services is available on the Auto Club’s website at www.AAA.com.
About West Coast Customs
West Coast Customs is produced on site at the West Coast Customs
flagship headquarters in Burbank, Calif. The show is produced for FOX
Sports 2 by KOC Productions and airs Sunday evenings 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m.
EST weekly. Executive producers are Ryan Friedlinghaus and Kara
Stephens. As of February 2015, approximately 4.3 million households, 39%
of those with television, receive FOX Sports 2.
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