Local family hopes to win a van for their disabled daughter

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Its National Mobility Awareness Month and people across the country are competing to win 1 of 4 wheelchair accessible vans.

15-year-old Heath native Theresa Charlton was born with a neurological disease that causes the calcification of her brain. Theresa’s family is in desperate need of reliable transportation.

Stephen Charlton is a disabled single father of 4. His daughter Theresa was born with a neurological disorder that caused her to have multiple seizures a day.

Theresa underwent surgery to remove half her brain, and is now unable to eat, speak, or walk. They have no transportation, and can’t run errands or make appointments.

The Charlton’s have entered a contest that will award wheelchair accessible vans.

Stephen told 22News, “It’s a safety factor for me because of my own disability, getting her in and out of the car. this way I have the vehicle I’ll be able to push her right in the wheelchair into the vehicle. It will help me out so much. It will help me continue taking care of my daughter.”

Theresa’s godmother, Mary Beth O’Dea, said, “This is not about a van.” It’s about bringing a community together to show love, affection, and support for a family in need.

“The story has turned into something so much larger than a mobility van that is desperately needed for this family, but it has turned into a story of complete and total unconditional love, compassion, and hope,” said Mary Beth.

Theresa Charlton is the #1 contestant in Massachusetts, and #2 in New England. Theresa currently has more than 22,000 votes.

Click Here to find out how you can vote.

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