A metro family needs our help.
They're trying to win a handicap accessible van for their daughter. They entered a contest online, where the votes are being cast.
Macie Greene's family entered the contest about a month ago with the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. It's giving away three handicap accessible vans to families with special needs. Over the next few weeks, our votes can make this metro family's dream come true.
With her big smile and bright-colored chalkboard, Macie is counting the votes. She's in a national contest to win a brand new van that would help her get around in her wheelchair a little bit easier.
“She’s completely reliant on us as far as mobility, moving her around and getting her from place to place,” Michael Greene said.
Macie's never been able to walk or talk. She was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome when she was 18 months old. Her dad, Michael, is an Oklahoma City Police Officer. His wife, Brenda, is Macie's full-time caretaker. It’s a big job that's gotten a little more difficult as Macie gets older and continues to grow.
“We’ve just gotten to the point where picking her up and putting her inside of a car seat to get her from A to B, doctor’s appointments, therapy, or just out to eat as a family,” Greene says, “it was just becoming more difficult.”
But handicap accessible vans don't come cheap. They can cost up to $60,000. That's why the Greene's are hoping to win a van like this one in the National Mobility Awareness Month Contest. A big gift that would help Macie keep up an active lifestyle.
“She’s a happy little girl. She’s taught us a whole lot, taught us a lot of patience,” Greene said.
Macie is undergoing therapy treatments, and her family is hopeful that someday she'll be able to walk.
For now, she needs our votes to win the contest. You can vote online once a day until May 10.