KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The family of an Independence boy with Muscular Dystrophy is hoping to win a wheelchair accessible vehicle, But, here's the catch, Austin Booth needs your help.
Austin's sister, Michelle, has entered the family into a national contest to win a car for National Mobility Awareness Month. The family needs as many votes as it can get by May 10th. In order to be a semi-finalist, he needs to be in the top 5% of votes.
Austin has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressively fatal disease with no known cure. It starts by affecting the body's extremities rendering them useless. As the disease progresses, the heart and lungs are attacked leading to failure. Austin was diagnosed with DMD at 6 years old.
Austin become a local hero, by setting an example to the community. He is Kansas City's Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Since 2011, he has worked to raise awareness and help with numerous fundraisers to help find a cure. Personally, he has raised more than $15,000 and hopes to raise the one dollar that will find a cure, so kids like him can live longer.
This past June, at the age of 10, Austin completely lost the ability to walk, and relies on either a manual or power wheelchair to get around. Due to Austin's continued progression of DMD, his parents are in desperate need of a fully accessible vehicle. Right now, they own a Kia Spectra which requires someone to lift him in and out of the vehicle and he can only take his manual chair with that car. Also, Austin's step-father is the only person who can lift him into the van, but he would like to be able to go to school activities, church, the mall, even visit with friends when his step-father is not around.
We're asking you to vote for Austin, to help him live life to the fullest.