Lexington man with ALS wins national contest for new van
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- After 39-years of directing choir and starting his own non-profit, John Rose can’t walk or speak anymore due to ALS.
Rose’s wife and caregiver, Laura, pushes him into a Lexington business Thursday morning, seeing their new, handicap accessible, minivan for the first time in person. They didn’t pay for it, rather won it because of who John is.
Each May is recognized as National Mobility Awareness Month. As part of that, American Honda Motor Company, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, and Vantage Mobility International sponsor the giveaway of a van like the one won by the Rose family.
“It took off. Everyone was so supportive and really wanted to help him,” says Laura Rose.
In the competition, friends and family were able to vote for Rose because of his service to kids, including the formation of his own non-profit, connecting youth to the arts.
Rose speaks with the help of a computer. He had the following message:
“What a blessing it is to be able to get out of the house more often. My whole life I have been an active person. Prior to my illness, I spent many hours teaching music to high school and college students. I also worked with kids of all ages connecting them to the arts through my non-profit, plus connecting them back to the community. The gift of this handicapped accessible van would allow my wonderful wife and I to do what we love most, to visit friends and family, also to help encourage others in our church and our community.”