In the blink of an eye, a life can be changed forever. Amy Van Dyken, six-time Olympic gold medalist, experienced this on June 6, 2014, when she suffered an ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

She has been very public about her injury and rehabilitation, the ups and the downs, actively sharing with her Twitter and Instagram followers every step of her journey.

Her buoyant spirt shines through as she declares her intent to learn to drive, ride a bike and mountain climb. Amy believes “every day you take a breath is a blessing,” and “you can get through anything as long as you have a positive attitude.”

Budget Blinds Partners with George to the Rescue
George to the Rescue is a widely-popular weekly national home improvement TV show that focuses on home rescues for deserving individuals nominated by friends and family that see a need.

Since the accident, Amy’s life has dramatically changed, and to help her excel in her new life, Budget Blinds and its sister company, Tailored Living, partnered with George to the Rescue to outfit her Scottsdale home with amenities that will improve her quality of life.

Working together, they are presenting Amy with a home renovation when she gets out of rehab. On September 10, Amy is a guest on the new The Meredith Vieira Show where she’s expecting to talk about her accident. Instead, she’ll be surprised with the news of the renovation. The remodel reveal show of Amy actually moving into her newly-customized home will air the weekend of October 18 on NBC. (We’ll remind you of that date!)

Easier Day-to-Day Living
Budget Blinds installed motorized window treatments throughout the home to make life easier as Amy progresses with her rehabilitation.  A hand-held remote gives touch-of-a-button control so Amy can effortlessly maintain desired privacy and light levels in any room. Budget Blinds selected cellular shades which are energy saving window treatments that will contribute to maintaining summer cool and winter warm to create a year-round comfortable environment. All cellular shades installed complement the existing décor, reflecting Amy’s personal taste while adding beauty and function to every room.

Tailored Living designed a master closet organization system to accommodate Amy’s accessibility needs from her wheelchair to facilitate dressing and wardrobe maintenance. Various level hang bars, wardrobe lifts and low-level storage options make this the perfect shared closet for Amy and her husband, Tom.

Being part of Amy’s home makeover is an exciting event for Budget Blinds and Tailored Living, both brands of parent company, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC). Chad Hallock, President and CEO of HFC shares the corporate philosophy: “We have a great history of being able to support national heroes including veterans, injured servicemen and women, and now Olympians. Every window treatment or closet that we donate allows us to give back to those who have given so selflessly. We all admire Amy’s courage and are honored to be able to give her something to support and celebrate her strength as she continues to inspire us.”

Special thanks to our manufacturing partner, Custom Brands Group, for donating the motorized window treatments, and to our franchisee, Gloria Guillermo of Budget Blinds serving North Scottsdale, for volunteering her time and expertise to design and install the custom motorized window treatments.

If you’re looking to update your home with customized window treatments, such as cellular shades or motorization, call your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant today for a complimentary in-home consultation. In the comfort of your own home, you can view samples, swatches, finishes and styles to ensure you’ll get exactly what you want.