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SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2011: Ever since a San Diego family was struck by tragedy last fall, many local organizations have come forward with monetary and emotional support for the Izaiah Wallis family. On Wednesday, May 4, at 11:30 a.m., three local organizations, New Cars Inc. (NCI), Passion 4 K.I.D.S. and San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union (SDMCU) held a very special event for a family that has touched the hearts of many people who have heard about their story.

Wallis Family Background

On October 18, 2010, Izaiah Wallis and his grandfather were on a leisurely walk while Izaiah was being pushed by his grandfather in his stroller when they were both struck by a teen drunk driver. The accident threw Izaiah from his stroller and in the process his skull was separated from his spine, leaving him fighting for his life.

Izaiah had been in the hospital approximately six months after the accident and the 2-year-old was paralyzed from the neck down, partially blind, utilizing a feeding tube and breathes through a tracheotomy and ventilator. His father, Jacob Wallis, said he was supposed to leave the hospital in February, but there were many setbacks.

Izaiah celebrated his second birthday at Children’s Hospital (April 17, 2011). Shortly before the toddler’s birthday, his father’s car caught fire while he was on his way to visit his son and the family had been unable to replace the vehicle.


The family’s story had struck a chord with individuals and companies throughout the city, and many people rallied to show their support. Passion 4 K.I.D.S. had been integrally involved with the family from the beginning and collected funds for the family. SDMCU’s CEO Stan Abrams was excited to be able to partner with the credit union’s auto buying service, NCI, to give the Wallis family a car, a Mazda sedan, in their time of need.

Abrams comments, “When we initially read about the family’s terrible ordeal, we just knew it was our civic duty to reach out and do something for this family. For us, being able to provide a vehicle to the family is in line with San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union’s philosophy of “People helping People”. We are proud to be able to do this for our community.”

NCI’s President and Founder Kevin Watkins was equally excited about the partnership and as a longtime contributor to the community, he felt it was a perfect match to be able to offer the car to the Wallis family. Watkins adds, “New Cars Inc. has consistently strived to give back to the community since its inception, and we are continually looking for ways to provide a helping hand to our friends in need. We enjoy not only serving our clients, but thoroughly enjoy seeing the joy in people’s faces when we are able to do something for them, particularly in times of crisis.”

About New Cars Inc.

New Cars Inc. (NCI) is one of the largest independent auto dealers in San Diego County. NCI is a credit union auto buying service that helps its credit union clients generate and retain auto loans. At the same time NCI saves their credit union members time, hassle, and money in connection with purchasing all makes and models of new and pre-owned vehicles. To read more about New Cars Inc., please visit

About Passion 4 K.I.D.S

Passion 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids In Desperate Situations) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dealing with homeless, neglected, abandoned, abused and underprivileged children of any race, color and creed. The organization believes in having a very hands-on approach both in the day to day operations of the charity as well as the lives of the children they work with, and their mission is “to dedicate ourselves to glorify and honor God for His many blessings to us by making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and precious of His creation – children”. 100% of all donations go directly to the children.

About San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union

San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union (SDMCU) is committed to its community and members and provides services to families and individuals to manage their personal finances. SDMCU has been in business since 1934 and serves over 20,000 members. SDMCU’s corporate headquarters are located in San Diego and information about SDMCU is available on the worldwide web at