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Family counting on votes to win new mobility van

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

A family in Americus needs your help to get a new van to help their two children with disabilities get around.

The Battle family's van has been through years of wear and tear. So the family entered a contest through Mobility Works to get a brand new handicapped accessible van to care for their two youngest children.

The two, are Brianna and TJ. Brianna has a rare chromosome disorder called Chromosome 14. TJ was born two months early and has mild cerebral palsy.

For the two teens, the family is constantly traveling for special medical care. But the van that has made their lives a bit easier now has 168,000 miles on it.

"In one week, we've been to Atlanta three times, not to mention traveling to Albany for therapy care Brianna needs," said Melissa Battle.

Only four vans will be given away nationwide, and Brianna was nominated by her sister in the contest. The family needs as many votes as possible to win the van.

"It would be a thousand blessings. It will help me get around with my family and it helps mother with her struggles physically with Brianna," said TJ.

Getting the new van will bring less stress and more reliability.

"It would be unbelievable. We've always had to get one from somebody and fix it up," JJ Battle.

And the family hopes by hearing their story, you will be inspired to vote.

Voting ends May 9. Visit http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/brianna-battle-americus-ga/ to vote.

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