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Family living with disability gets gift of a lifetime

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(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.

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