Local mom seeks wheelchair accessible van through national contest

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Maggie Warren’s six-year-old son, Jaime, has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair accessible van for safe transportation. To help him win a van you can visit www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/maggie-warren-marmora-nj/. Maggie Warren’s six-year-old son, Jaime, has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair accessible van for safe transportation. To help him win a van you can visit www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/maggie-warren-marmora-nj/.

MARMORA – A Marmora woman hopes to win a wheelchair accessible van for her son through a National Mobility Awareness Month contest.

Maggie Warren, a single mother of two, entered the online contest so that she can safely transport her six-year-old son, Jaime, who has cerebral palsy, she said. As Jaime grows, it is becoming harder for Warren to transfer him from his wheelchair to car seat, she said.

“We are at a critical juncture, one of many throughout his life, I am sure,” Warren writes on Jaime’s page at  mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/maggie-warren-marmora-nj . “But a wheelchair van seems to hold the key to Jaime’s safe transport.”

Starting this year, the month of May is recognized as National Mobility Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). To spread the word, NMEDA is looking for three local heroes to receive a free wheelchair van.

In order to win the van, Warren, of Marmora, must garner votes for her submission by directing people to the mobility awareness site. People may vote once a day on Jaime’s page at the web address shown above.

The link will take voters directly to the page to vote for Warren and Jaime. Voters will need to fill in their name and email address, and then answer a very simple math question. Before submitting a vote, voters should click on the link to the left of the voting information and answer a disability related question, the answer to which can be found on the site. If it is answered correctly, voters get an extra vote.

Voting is open until May 10. The top five percent of entrants will be considered finalists. Three winners will be chosen from that group by an independent panel of judges based on each entry’s story, Warren said.

Winners will be chosen May 20 and will be announced on May 31, 2013.

To learn more about Warren and her sons, you can go to the Facebook page she started as a mission to fund a wheelchair van, called That’s How He Rolls, at www.facebook.com/thatshowherolls , or their blog at www.thatshowherolls.wordpress.com. 

Warren said she is also committed to spreading awareness of cerebral palsy and other special needs in her community and beyond, and is continually trying to “pay it forward” for all of the help and support she has received over the years caring for Jaime.

Over the past several weeks, she has helped organize a fundraiser for a local family that lost everything in a fire.

The goal of National Mobility Awareness Month is to educate the public that:

People with disabilities constitute the second largest minority in the United States.

Over 18 million people in the United States and Canada have mobility issues. Six million of those are veterans.

There are mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals in your community dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. 

Automotive mobility solutions are available for people with disabilities enabling them to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles

For more information on National Mobility Awareness Month, visit www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com .


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