Church family working to give mobility to former Ms. Wheelchair Michigan
(9/30/2018) - A community is coming together to help a woman who has worked to help those with disabilities.
Kristen Milefchik was born with spinal muscular atrophy.
Milefchik bought this used van and made it wheelchair accessible to help her defend people with disabilities.
Recently the van cost too much to maintain.
"The lift had started to act up and swinging back and forth on the hinge,” Milefchik said.
Milefchik decided it's time for an upgrade after the list of problems kept growing.
Members at Lakeview Community Church threw together a fundraiser Sunday for her because Milefchik has done so much for the community.
"If this doesn't accomplish her goal we will keep going until she gets back on the road,” Lakeview Community Church Pastor Jon Grimshaw said.
To get to Milefchick's goal of around $60,000 people paid to swing a sledgehammer to her old ride.
"So, yea it was definitely time to say goodbye to that one. It got me to where I needed to go,” Milefchik said.
The van is heading to the scrap yard.
Since Milefchik no longer has something that fits her needs.
So, this once crowned Ms. Wheelchair Michigan is missing out on her advocacy stops championing for those who are disabled.
"So, they can continue live among the rest of society rather than be forced to live in a nursing home or other restricted living environment,” she said.
Her dream vehicle to get her back on the roads is the Dodge Ram Promaster.
She says once the van fits her needs she'll start scheduling more speeches advocating for people with disabilities.
"My hope is to actually modify it so it can be not only an accessible vehicle but a camper,” Milefchik said.