Family living with disability gets gift of a lifetime - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Family living with disability gets gift of a lifetime

Posted: Updated:
SAGINAW (WJRT) -

(07/19/12) - For years, it has been a struggle for the Davert family to have reliable transportation. They're living with disabilities.

May was National Mobility Awareness Month and during that month, and the Davert family of Saginaw entered a local heroes contest for people living with mobility issues.

"Driving to us is important, for any family and for us, we can't just go to a regular dealer and pick up a car and drive away. It has to be made in a way that we can fit in it and drive safely in it," said Missy Davert.

13-year-old Michaela, her twin brother Austin and their mother Missy have a brittle bone condition. Ken, Michaela and Austin's father, has Cerebral Palsy. His wife and children have relied on wheelchairs most of their lives.

In May, they entered the local heroes competition.

"We established a contest where people could enter and send their story and then they were voted on by virtue affect of how uplifting and inspirational their story was. In other words, how well they have overcome their disability," said Dave Hubbard, with the National Mobility Equipment Association.

1,700 people across the nation entered the contest by submitting theirs stories in writing and videotapes. The top three winners would leave with this 2012 mini van made specifically for people with disabilities.

Because their of their story, the Davert's are going home in the van. For years, they have had unreliable transportation.

"We have a couple of vans right now that are literally on their last leg. Particularly duct taped together to keep it going for us and we weren't sure right now financially how we could have afforded a new car, so this has come literally at a perfect time," Missy stated.

"We just cannot believe this, like we are just filled with so much excitement. It's going to be a day we'll never forget," Michaela said.

Generally, one of the vans would cost more than $80,000. More than 1 million people submitted their votes online.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Raw sewage dumped into Flint River after power failure

    Raw sewage dumped into Flint River after power failure

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:41:07 GMT
    A power failure on Flint's west side Wednesday morning has led to nearly four million gallons of raw sewage being dumped into the Flint River. The raw sewage spilled into the river for nearly nine hours.
    A power failure on Flint's west side Wednesday morning has led to nearly four million gallons of raw sewage being dumped into the Flint River. The raw sewage spilled into the river for nearly nine hours.
  • Olympian Geena Gall returns to her home town, encourages young athletes

    Olympian Geena Gall returns to her home town, encourages young athletes

    Olympian Geena Gall returns to her home town, encourages young athletes

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:12:15 GMT
    (08/20/14) - About 100 people filled the parking lot of a Grand Blanc business Wednesday to see a hometown hero in action. 2012 Olympian and World Relays Gold Medalist, Geena Gall, ran alongside 60 other runners Wednesday evening down Saginaw street.The run was to promote the Michigan Mile on Friday which Gall will take part in. Gall took the opportunity to encourage young runners to train for their dreams. She helped them stretch and warm up, and even signed autographs.
    (08/20/14) - About 100 people filled the parking lot of a Grand Blanc business Wednesday to see a hometown hero in action. 2012 Olympian and World Relays Gold Medalist, Geena Gall, ran alongside 60 other runners Wednesday evening down Saginaw street.The run was to promote the Michigan Mile on Friday which Gall will take part in. Gall took the opportunity to encourage young runners to train for their dreams. She helped them stretch and warm up, and even signed autographs.
  • Beecher schools celebrate first track and field complex in community history

    Beecher schools celebrate first track and field complex in community history

    Beecher schools celebrate first track and field complex in community history

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:01:11 GMT
    (08/20/14) - The Beecher school district made history Wednesday. The schools cut the ribbon on their brand new track and field complex! The school has never had their own track before. The community received a $2.2 million bond to make the project happen.The facility will be state of the art, including a new scoreboard donated to the community. The school plans to host state track meets to bring more people to the area. "It's for our students - no matter what the situation we want you to hav...
    (08/20/14) - The Beecher school district made history Wednesday. The schools cut the ribbon on their brand new track and field complex! The school has never had their own track before. The community received a $2.2 million bond to make the project happen.The facility will be state of the art, including a new scoreboard donated to the community. The school plans to host state track meets to bring more people to the area. "It's for our students - no matter what the situation we want you to hav...
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.