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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Two south Georgia sisters are vying for the chance to win wheelchair accessible vehicles in a nationwide contest.

Sisters miles apart, but always connected by the challenges they've faced and conquered.

Misty Hayes and younger sister Crystal Anderson both have muscular dystrophy but their mother says it never stopped them from achieving and helping others."I taught them that they could do anything that they wanted to do," said Carol Sheffield. 

The mother gets chocked up just thinking about the obstacles that her daughters had to endure throughout life but she's proud that they've met each with determination,"and I just think about what they've had to overcome," said Sheffield.

Misty graduated from college and rallied to have a wheelchair ramp put in for graduation. Crystal also completed college, competed in pageants and become a teacher, both have vans that have seen better days.

After the vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, it's virtually impossible to have the equipment repaired due to safety regulations, meaning at some point you'd have to purchase a new van with new equipment.

Both vans have well over 100,000 miles on them. Without enough money to buy expensive new vehicles, the sisters started brain storming.

"I was reading the newsletter and I saw the contest and I told my sister I think we have an answer to our problem," said Crystal Anderson.

The pair entered the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association local hero contest, now all they need is for people to go online and vote.

"It goes until May 9th, so we've got time for people to get on and vote for us, we just really need people to step it up," said Misty Hayes.

A call to action to help these two strong women keep their independence intact.

Misty lives in Valdosta And Crystal lives in Colquitt.

To vote use the links to their profiles below and follow site instructions.

http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/misty-hayes-colquitt-ga/

http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/crystal-anderson-valdosta-ga/

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