In February of 2012, long time childhood friends Billy Price and Darin Donaldson teamed up and formed
the company "Billy's" - a registered trade name of "BillDon LLC."
Our Mission: Empower Others by Empowering Independence.
Billy is no stranger to the outdoors. Born and raised in Issaquah, Washington (30 minutes east of Seattle), Billy was very active in sports, which included soccer, skiing, baseball, cross country and golf. Hiking and camping were staples - mountain biking a frequent treat.
In October of 1996, while attending the University of Washington, Billy fell from his third story fraternity window. The impact broke his cervical (C5-6) and lumbar (L1) vertebrae, causing spinal cord injury. Injury result: Quadriplegia. Billy spent the next 5 months of his life at the University of Washington Medical Center piecing his life back together both physically and mentally.
Following his rehabilitation, Billy returned to the University of Washington and finished his mechanical engineering degree. He took the ski slopes back as a sit skier. In 2003 he started working for the Federal Aviation Administration, where he still works today. In his spare time, he volunteers as a Peer Mentor for newly spinal cord injured patients and remains a child at heart at Camp Parsons, a Boy Scouts of America Summer Camp in Western Washington.
The above "Moving Forward" video was put together by the University of Washington Medical Center as an educational resource for spinal cord injured patients. Billy was their spokesperson.
Darin was born and raised in Issaquah, Washington, where he was blessed to have grown up in a rural area surrounded by nature. He enjoys hiking, camping, bird watching and mountain biking. An avid sports fan, he loves his Seahawks and Huskies football and still enjoys the Mariners (albeit a love-hate relationship).
Darin is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for product development, design and innovation. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. Early in his career, he was fortunate to gain experience working within both a large corporation as well as a small business.
After a few years, it became very apparent that his interest and broad skill set were geared for a small business environment. Taking a leap of faith, he began his entrepreneurial journey, launching his own and being on the ground floor of numerous ventures.
Since the launch of the company "Billy's", and throughout the development of its initial product line, Darin has constantly been inspired by Billy and the overwhelming support provided by friends, family and associates. Working together, he believes that the company's mission - to "Empower Others by Empowering Independence" - will be a great success.