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With key in hand, Mitzi
Cook cranks up and slowly backs out a modified wheelchair van her
husband Jimmy used to get around in. It's dependable most of
the time, but sometimes it behaves like it's worn out.
Ram is 24 years old and is saddled down with well over 100,000 miles.
"With it breaking
down, he can't just ride in any vehicle," Mrs. Cook explains.
"When I bought it, I
knew it was old, but I thought it would suffice," Jimmy admits.
Mr. Cook has been
struggling with a form of Muscular Dystrophy since 1988. "It's a genetic
disease," he said from his wheelchair at home in Deatsville.
But life for the Cooks
could get a little better if they had a new van. That's why they're keeping
their fingers crossed in the national Muscular Dystrophy's Mobility Awareness
contest. MDA is just weeks away from giving out four brand new wheelchair
"I've been voting
at least once a day and so has my wife," Jimmy says.
You have a chance to
help make it happen for the Cooks.
Mrs. Cook thinks it's a longshot because the contest is nationwide. They
will know by the end of May if they won.
"You have so many
hurting people out there and it's not just for those with Muscular
Dystrophy," she said. The website lists more than 60 people in Alabama alone who are vying for the same prize.
Meantime, Mr. Cook has
found a job which has gone a long way in lifting his spirits, winning a new
ride would make them soar.
actually quit on us until here lately," he says.
For now, Mitzi and Jimmy make do with what they have and hope their old trusty friend can last a
few more miles.
through all of this you can't give up," said Mrs. Cook.