BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If you are in need of a wheelchair accessible vehicle, this national contest could be for you. Three winners will receive a van customized to help them get around easier. Team Adaptive Medical in Biloxi is hoping someone right here will win.
For one family entering the contest, mobility is a must. Valerie and James Cohoon's son, Willy, has been living with a traumatic brain injury since he was 4-months-old. The injury hinders his breathing, speech, eyesight and mobility. The van they have right now isn't made to hold wheelchairs. Going places takes a lot of effort.
"50 pounds for the dude, I'm guessing about 80 pounds for the chair, and we got to pick it up about two and a half feet to get it in the back of the van," James Cohoon said.
All the lifting is taking its toll. For families like the Cohoons, this contest could be exactly what they need. It's all an effort by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association leading up to National Mobility Awareness month in May.
Motivational speaker Greg Smith says the contest is a great way to bring national attention to what mobility means. He was born with Muscular Dystrophy, and walked until he was 13.
"If you have a disability, it doesn't mean it's a fate worse than death. You can still get around, you can travel, you can drive," said Smith.
He does all of this thanks to his wheelchair accessible van.
"I mean, it just really makes all the difference in the world to be able to be independent and get around."
The contest is open now through May 9. It's calling for local heroes to submit video or written stories about how they overcome their mobility issues.
To submit, you have to visit www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com and click 'enter to win.' Daily public voting will start on March 11.
Team Adaptive is offering a code that will automatically add ten points to the story you submit. For the code, simply call Team Adaptive Medical at 228-388-5700.