Your vote can help Madison Heights family win new van for disabled son

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Every day, Melanie Spranger carries her 7-year-old son, Daniel, out of the house and lifts him into their car.

It's a process she completes several times a day, when she takes him to therapy, to the park, to baseball or to the bowling alley.

It takes at least 10 minutes each time and can add up to more than 40 minutes when the day is over.

That time could be drastically reduced if they had a customized wheelchair accessible van.

His family has now entered an online contest, where people can vote for Daniel. The prize is a brand new van.

Daniel was born with a rare and incurable neurological disorder called Congenital Bilateral Perisylvian Syndrome. His brain did not develop properly and he is unable to talk or use his arms and legs.

He relies on a wheelchair to get around. He also uses a computer that monitors his eye movement to talk.

Melanie worked full-time before she had Daniel, but now, taking care of him is her full-time job.

She says their family relies on her husband's income and they can't afford to buy a new or used van.

His family says getting an accessible van would change their lives.

They would be able to take Daniel to more places.

His motorized wheelchair doesn't fit in the car they have now, but if they had an accessible van, Daniel would be able to use his motorized wheelchair and he could choose where he wanted to go.

The contest is part of National Mobility Awareness Month . Three families will win a new van.

Organizers will choose the top 5% of contestants with the most votes to move to the final phase of the contest, where a panel will decide the three winners.

To VOTE for Daniel, CLICK HERE:

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