The few used vans they could find had more than 100,000 miles on them.
Brenda Greene found a contest by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association that will give away three specially equipped vans. Since March 11, Macie has received more than 22,000 votes on her page at mobilityawarenessmonth.com.
The top 5 percent of vote getters will be reviewed by a panel that will select the winners in May.
Telling Macie's story
But to enter the contest, Brenda Greene knew they would have to tell Macie's story, something she wasn't comfortable with.
“We're pretty private people in general, and we've always been private about Macie,” she said. “But after talking with friends one day, I was just filled with peace about it.”
The Greenes, who also have two college-age daughters, think winning the van could make life a little easier. Brenda tore the rotator cuff in her shoulder last year and has been putting off surgery.
“I wouldn't be able to lift anything heavy for six months, and that's something we just can't do right now,” she said.
Despite the difficulties, the Greenes have learned to survive and prosper.
“We just go with the flow,” Mike Greene said. “That's about all you can do. We have fun as a family. Macie's a happy kid. And that's what matters most to us.”
Macie goes to school and is in specialized classes. Most days she rides the bus.
“She has some anxiety but she loves to go to school,” Brenda Greene said. “The water is one of her favorite things. She loves to swim. She enjoys kids her age. She likes it when they come up and talk to her. A few years ago she didn't like that at all.”
The family has been humbled by the response to their quest for the van.
“Friends started sharing it with friends, and it just exploded from there,” Brenda Greene said. “We're so grateful for the support. People have been very generous. You want to thank every one of them individually.”
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How to help
To vote for Macie Greene in the van giveaway, go to mobility