“2014 Local Hero”
Opportunity to win thanks to NMEDA
National Mobility Awareness Month
VOTE DAILY: (click on any picture for a direct link)
Voting open thorugh May 9th, 2014
Help a single mom, Debbie Pepper, WIN a handicap accessible van to transport her adult son to family functions, doctor appointments, and for daily living.
Her used van recently died and she is unable to transport her son where he
needs to go without renting a van per visit. Debbie’s love for her son and desire
to include Eddie in all aspects of her life are an inspiration to her family and friends.
To win this van will be a constant blessing for the Pepper family ~
offering more than transportation…it’s hope on wheels!
"As a Medicaid Service Coordinator, I have the opportunity to work with a lot of special, gifted and amazing people but one specific person really stands out which is why I would like to nominate Edward AKA Eddie Pepper for this contest. Eddie is a young man with a great personality who has spastic Quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy and other medical conditions. Eddie is permanently in a wheelchair.
Last June, a ISP meeting was held and his mother brought up at this meeting hat every summer, they frequent a camp where it has a large beach. Eddie’s mother, Debra Pepper mentioned that Eddie loves the beach and truly enjoys the water. She wished that Eddie would someday get the opportunity to enjoy the sand and water like his family does. Because of Eddie’s large wheelchair, he has never had the opportunity to enjoy the water or even the sand. This discussion sent the ball rolling to inquire into a mechanism in which could help Eddie. This has been a lifelong dream that myself and his Physical Therapist, Jo Weaver wanted to make happen. After some extensive research, a Mo-Bi Wheelchair was found. It is a specially made wheelchair with large rubber tires, flotation devices on the sides, straps that would hold Eddie in and a large seat in which he would feel comfortable.
With the assistance from Oswego Industries, this wheelchair was purchased and delivered to Eddie Pepper. This wheelchair will finally give Eddie and his family the opportunity to explore the beach, enjoy the sand and the water. Eddie’s wheelchair can be pushed easily on the sand and then into the water safely, securely and happily. Come summer, Eddie Pepper and his mom will no longer have to be watching their family have fun in the water without them. This summer, Eddie Pepper and his family will be able to enjoy the water and the comfort of the beach together. This young man’s dream has come true and I am so proud and glad that he is able to have the opportunity to participate in an activity that he loves and cherishes so much with his family. It is because of this unique beach wheelchair, a young man’s desire to enjoy the solace of water and the perseverance of his mother to achieve that dream why I am nominating this wonderful man for this prestigious contest."