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April 9, 2014

Local couple needs residents' votes

Ada — A young Pontotoc County couple needs your help.

 Last October Dakota Gray, an avid, 21-year-old hunter from Latta, father of a new little girl, Dixie Rose, fell 20 feet from a tree stand while deer hunting.  His injury was at the T3 level in his spine. He is paralyzed from his chest down.(See related story).

  He was released from the hospital in February to his wife, Scottie Gray, a 21-year-old bride he married in 2012.

 Now, friends of the family are pulling together to try to help the determined young man win a wheelchair accessible vehicle that he and his family desperately need.

 That’s where you come in during the month of  April, which is National Mobility Awareness Month.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association (NMEDA) is a non-profit organization that is sponsoring the contest for families with disabilities.

  Dakota Gray’s family has hit the road running to try to win the Mobility Ventures LLC MV-1 van for him.

  NMEDA promotes and supports members engaged in the modification of quality transportation and wheelchair accessible vehicles.

 Over 600 international members work to provide safe and reliable adapted transportatation solutions to help build a road to independence.

 Transportation is the key to freedom, and organizations like this are key to quality transportation.

Those wanting to help can log in to http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.come/entrant and vote for a local hero, i.e. Dakota Gray.

A short story has already been published online on the webpage mentioned above.

 He’s been entered in a contest as a local hero, to compete with other local heroes, all vying to win a custom wheelchair accessible van, so every vote is vital.

 As the old politician likes to say, vote early and vote often. This time, it’s even legal. You can vote on one internet web address per day.

The local hero entries will be published within 48 hours, which is when you can start voting.

 Not just once, but once a day by email every day, you can vote for Dakota through the May 9th deadline.

Applicants from across the United States and Canada are eligible to compete. His friends and family are hoping to rally enough fellow Pontotoc County residents and their  friends to vote for Dakota.

He already had 1,661 votes by mid-day Monday and his great aunt, Phyllis, said she believes he is in second place at the moment.

 It’s really going to come down to which “hero” can garner the most support from his friends, relatives and families.

When you get to the web page, look for “enter local hero” and cast your vote.

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