LOUISVILLE. Nationwide used truck retailer Arrow Truck Sales named truck driver David Acosta of Orlando, FL, as the winner of its 2011 “Back on the Road” campaign here last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show this year. “David is a perfect example of someone who sincerely needs assistance to help overcome a series of unfortunate hurdles," said Steve Clough, president of Arrow Truck Sales. “He fights every day to provide for his family and he truly represents the spirit of what ‘Back on the Road’ is all about. We are proud to give him this opportunity to not only change his life, but the lives of his wife and two daughters.”
Acosta, an owner-operator, has struggled over the last few years with the financial burdens of providing for his single-income family while his wife stayed home to care for their 16-year-old daughter, who suffers from nephrotic syndrome – a deadly kidney disease she’s been fighting since age four.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Acosta came to trucking after working in the construction industry. The recession took its toll on his livelihood, ultimately forcing him to give up his truck. But now, Acosta has a second chance to make a living as a trucker via Arrow’s ‘Back on the Road’ campaign.
As the contest winner, he will receive: a 2007 Volvo VNL 780, courtesy of Arrow Truck Sales; a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express; monthly $500 fuel cards thanks to Pilot Travel Centers; insurance provided by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA); and many other goods and services from other contest sponsors such as Michelin, Thermo King and others.
“I thank God for this opportunity and I plan to represent this industry and this program in an upstanding manner,” Acosta said after being named the winner. “I want my children and others to see the hard work I can produce for this industry. These are the people we need to touch, to see that we can have a better tomorrow.”