September '20

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160 • RV PRO • September 2020 rv-pro.com Breaking news exclusives from RV PRO's website In Case You Missed it RV I N S I G H T Riverside RV Donates Trailer to Make-A-Wish Survivor LaGrange, Ind.-based Riverside RV recently partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make the dream of a little girl battling leukemia come true. A couple of years ago, Peter and Audrey Art of South Dart- mouth, Mass., found themselves in the unthinkable position of hearing their 4-year-old daughter, Eleanor, was about to enter into a life-and-death battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). "Eleanor was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leu- kemia in April of 2018," said Audrey Art. Since then, "There were some tough days, there were some good days, but she's having great days lately." Eleanor's diagnosis led the family to contact Hannah Arbuthnot, acting director of the Make-A-Wish chapter of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with the hopes of having a wish granted for their ailing child. Several weeks later they received the call to come in for a meeting. "I think we were all a little surprised in the room that day," after hearing Ellie's request, Audrey Art said. "I thought she would have said Disney." Instead, Ellie made the wish for a "renovated camper van," which left everyone in the room a little speechless. "I just wanted it," Ellie said, "so we can go camping in the forest!" "After hearing exactly what Ellie was wanting, I knew I had my work cut out for me," said Arbuthnot. "But I remembered seeing these darling travel trailers called Retro, so I reached out to Chris Daniels at Riverside RV, and it took him all of five seconds to say they would love to be partners on the project." Hearing of the incredible strength and unwavering resolve displayed by 6-year-old Ellie, Riverside was all-in, said Daniels, Riverside's president. Read more: https://rv-pro.com/features/riverside-rv-do- nates-travel-trailer-to-make-a-wish-survivor Leukemia survivor Ellie Art loves her new travel trailer, which was donated to her family by Riverside RV as part of the Make-A-Wish program. Left: Ellie Art's family and the Riverside RV crew are pictured in front of the donated travel trailer. (Riverside RV President Chris Daniels is third from the right.) RVTI Forms Gary Bunzer Memorial Scholarship The RV Technical Institute has announced the formation of the Gary Bunzer Memorial Scholarship, which will honor his legacy by reaching those who aspire to become experts in the field of RV repair. Gary Bunzer died earlier this year after losing his battle with COVID-19. The full details of the program are being development and finalized, but the Gary Bunzer Memorial Scholarships will be used to assist training candidates in need of financial assistance and will be awarded for online and in-person training for both aspiring technicians and current techs seeking continuing education, according to RVIA. "In his passionate work as the 'RV Doctor', Bunzer bettered the RV industry by making expert RV training instruction available to RV service technicians, as well as RV enthusiasts through his pop- ular website, seminars, books, magazine, and newsletter articles," RVIA said in a statement announcing the scholarship. RVIA noted that Bunzer served on numerous RV technical textbook review committees, where he helped guide edu- cation and certification efforts with his vast knowledge as an RV technician, educator, and training specialist. Bunzer was also a veteran of the U.S. military and continued to publish technical news- letters even while deployed, a testament to his boundless dedication to sharing his expertise and insight, RVIA said. "There was no greater champion for RV technical education," said RVTI Executive Director Curt Hemmeler. "Gary was the connection between RV con- sumer and the industry, and his wealth of knowledge was the catalyst for the curriculum that RVTI has adopted. This Memorial Scholarship is just one way we can continue to honor him for all his contributions to technical education and the RV industry." For more details on the scholarship, email Hemmeler at chemmeler@rvti.org.

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