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Honor a "local hero" who embodies the spirit of mobility

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MADISON (WKOW) -- We see more and more stories where people are living active lifestyles even with physical disabilities. Now one organization is honoring that.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association brings awareness to the issue every year and this year, it's giving away four vehicles to local "heroes." Two spokespeople, Mike Savicki and Ashley Lauren Fisher, say they want people to know that if you a physical disability it doesn't mean your life is over or on hold. Savicki is a Navy veteran and multi-sport athlete who became quadriplegic. Ashley Lauren suffered a spinal cord injury when she was 23, but now owns a four-star restaurant and established an organization that has raised more than a million dollars for spinal cord research.
Savicki explains, "(This is) a campaign to raise awareness, about opportunities about accessible vehicles, and about mobile ways to get out and have active lifestyles. It's a fantastic campaign. It's grown. We're now giving away four vehicles as a part of this to local heroes. Our word is to educate, to get people involved and let them know that a disability doesn't have to mean your life is over."

Fisher says you can nominate yourself or someone else. "You want to go to www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com and you want to drive people to this website because it's all about votes so once you've got your story uploaded people can vote and then you have the ability to win one of these vehicles and they are truly amazing. They are the 'creme de la creme' of mobility vehicles. So you want to win one!"

 NMEDA is accepting Local Hero entries now and voting has already started. Entries have to be in by May 9th, which is went voting ends.

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