YAKIMA, Wash.--One of Yakima's own is sharing her story to raise awareness for "National Mobility Awareness Month."
Mary Clark is entering the contest of a lifetime. A chance to win a $40,000 vehicle. However, this just isn't any old car Mary's competing for, it comes with the keys to freedom.
"It would be very life changing," said Mary. "I could go shopping again with David and the kids. I could go out and do stuff on my own, I wouldn't have to have somebody there with me."
Mary suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, a disease she shares with four of her seven other living siblings. She's been confined to a wheelchair for the last 15 years, but Mary said a horrible car accident quickly progressed her illness.
"Since the accident my weakness, the weakness in my arms and my legs have deteriorated but it's gotten worse," said Mary. "So lifting me in and out of a vehicle is very difficult on me, physically."
The nationwide contest runs through May as part of National Mobility Awareness Month. People with disabilities are encouraged to post their stories to mobilityawareness.com, and then people can read through them and vote. Only three people will win the wheelchair accessible van.
"It's made them think, you know if I was in a wheelchair would I be able to do this or would I be able to do that and so I've had several, actually a lot of people that have said yeah I had no idea," said Mary.