Yancy Dionne New Iberia, LA 15 Votes
My name is Yancy and I was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II, also known as Werdnig Hoffman’s Disease. This disease has caused me to require a trache, a feeding tube, a ventilator, a wheelchair, and numerous other surgeries including titanium rods to straighten my spine. I am writing this out of desperate need for a new van.
My current van is incredibly old and becoming more and more unreliable as it ages. Throughout the years it has served my family and I well, making numerous trips to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans every time I was sick or needed surgery. It has also made dreams come true for me, getting my family and I to Disney World and Tennessee. But now, in its old age, my van is beginning to make even going to the local Doctor’s office difficult. The transmission has been replaced twice and my family just can’t afford to do anymore repairs because my parents are old and near retirement. Especially my dad, who has worked 30 plus years underground in a salt mine.
Last year I decided to start my own graphics design company, but without reliable transportation I fear that I will never be able to get my business off the ground and I will remain poor forever. Please take it into your heart to vote for my family and I, give us a hand.