Danos Wrenches It Forward


By: Samantha Magee

Last month, Danos was able to present a former company truck to 21-year-old Coy Baird, a remarkable young man from Quitaque, Texas. Coy, who always dreamed of becoming a professional team roper and cowboy, was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident in 2017.

The donation was facilitated by Danos General Manager of Permian Projects Juan Torres. Juan put Danos in touch with an organization in Lubbock, Texas, called Wrench It Forward after hearing of a donation request for a truck to accommodate a disabled individual. Wrench It Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed to move people out of poverty and homelessness by providing low-cost car repair for households with limited means.

Juan worked with Asset Manager Amanda Worrell to find a Danos truck which was expected to be available for sale. After donating the truck to the organization, Wrench It Forward was able to install hand controls and add additional features to tailor the truck for Coy.

After his accident, doctors told Coy he would not be able to walk or ride horses again, but that didn’t stop Coy. Less than a year later, he began riding his family’s horse, Rocket, which they have owned since he was a baby.

Last summer, Coy lost his father in another tragic automobile accident. One of the few possessions Coy’s father left him and his brother was a 1980 trophy saddle, a homemade gooseneck stock trailer (built by Coy’s grandfather and dad) and Rocket.

With the help of his mother, Coy rides Rocket as much as he can. He still wants to be a roper and a cowboy, and his positive attitude is an inspiration to many! Coy’s new truck will allow him to pull his treasured horse and homemade trailer.

Samantha Magee

Samantha Magee joined Danos in 2018 as media relations coordinator. She has over ten years of marketing and communication experience in oil and gas, education and nonprofits. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.


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