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Lexington Woman Wins Wheelchair Accessible Van

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 8/02/2013 7:18 pm

Life for a Lexington woman just got easier, after winning a national contest for a new wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna.

Abigail Carter has been in a wheelchair since she was eight-years-old because of a spinal cord injury. She said the van she’s been driving to work has been a stress because it continues to break down.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association held a Local Heroes contest to give away a wheelchair accessible van with a Braun conversion.

Abigail Carter was handed the keys to her new van and saw it for the first time today.

“I live with a disability on a regular basis, but I don't think about it,” Carter said. “It's not something I think about. Until something breaks and I realize that I can't go rent a car the way other people can.”

Carter said winning the new van was blessing.

“There are a lot of heroes out there. When you read those stories your heart just goes out to them. They're just amazing,” said Dave Hubbard, CEO of NMEDA.

Hubbard said this was their first time to hold the drawing as party of National Mobility Awareness Month in May. He said they hope to make this an annual event to raise attention about the more than 18 million people who have mobility issues in the United States and Canada.

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