Amber Chaffee Oxford, IN 19,107 Votes
My name is Amber Dawn Chaffee. I’m 31 years old and living with Cerebral Palsy. I was born 2 1/2 months early on December 27, 1981. I weighed only 2lbs 13oz. My parents were told that I probably wouldn’t live long enough to go home. I proved them wrong! After 51 days I was released. I’ve spent my life trying to prove myself, and have over come many obstacles. I work as a full-time cashier for Walmart. I’ve done this for almost 6 1/2 years since November 7, 2006. My job has only been possible due to my mom’s willingness to bring me back and forth to work. She did this even while fighting a battle of her own with cancer when she was diagnosed in 2007. With the encouragement of my mom I went through a year and a half training to get my driver’s license and succeeded in getting them on July 24, 2009. Although I’m very proud of this accomplishment, I’m still unable to get myself to and from work independently because I don’t have a vehicle that I can drive, or that can transport my chair. I’ve lived on my own since I was 19 and this is just another step to give me more independence. Can you please help me make my dream come true to be as independent as possible, and make my mom’s life and the lives of the rest of my family and friends who take time out of their busy schedules to get me where I need to be. Thank you.