3:26 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
A Roanoke man believes you can change his life.
May is National Mobility Awareness Month and a unique contest is underway that could help people with physical disabilities.
Garrett Glass of Roanoke is one of them.
He's had Becker's Muscular Dystrophy since he was a child.
He's been in a wheelchair since the third grade.
He can only take a few steps at a time.
"Pain level just to stand, it's pretty bad," said Glass.
It's a condition that gets worse over time but he still has the ability to drive
It's his favorite thing to do.
"I don't know if anybody enjoys going to the grocery store or a friend's house as much as I do," said Glass.
Glass' power chair is too big to fit in his small compact car and he needs help to get his manual wheelchair out of the back.
Having a wheelchair van would make things so much easier and give him so much independence.
"It would be nice to instead of a struggle down to the car and a struggle in and out just to be able to drive the chair into the car and drive on out and be where I want to be," said Glass.
He has entered an online contest. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is giving away three customized wheelchair vans.
The top vote getters will win.
"I would ask you to decide to bless him with that van because there's no other way he's going to get it except through some miracle like this contest," said Garett's mother Kimberly Glass.
You see Glass' family can't afford a van on their own.
Garrett says he will be ever grateful for your vote.
"I don't know if anyone will be as grateful for it," said Glass.
The contest runs until May 13th.
If you would like to vote for Glass, click here.
If you would like more information about the contest, click here
Several people from our area have entered the contest.
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