The Snead family in Navarre tries to stay mobile. But simple tasks such as going to the grocery store can be a challenge.
Parents Kyle and Lindsay care for their 2-year-old daughter, McKinzie, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at six months old. A degenerative and rare genetic disorder, McKinzie doesn’t have control over her muscles and her muscles are deteriorating over time. With control of her forearms and some of her fingers, McKinzie can steer herself in her electric wheelchair.
“We try to not limit her as much as we can,” Lindsay said. “While we still have the chance, we want her to have the best quality of life that she can and to experience everything she can.”
To help face those daily challenges the Snead family entered the National Mobility Awareness Month Local Hero challenge to win a handicapped accessible van being given away by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. The association organizes both the awareness month and the contest.