ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – (August 18, 2016) – Vantage Mobility International (VMI) announced today that Martha Dominguez was selected as the winner of the company’s Claim Your Space National Sweepstakes, in which there were over 5,200 entries. She will be receiving a check for $10,000. Dominguez purchased a VMI NorthstarTM in-floor side-entry conversion for wheelchair access to her 2015 Toyota Sienna. She learned about the contest when searching online for mobility and wheelchair-accessible solutions. Dominguez’s youngest son, Miguel Perez, now 16, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age two. It is a progressive disease and limits his mobility and ability to care for himself.
“I entered the contest, which is something I rarely do, but that day I had the time and the opportunity. This van conversion changes a person’s life completely, especially when you need to be in a wheelchair or power chair all the time. It is so much easier getting where you need to go when you have access to a van like this,” said Dominguez. The vehicle includes a power in-floor wheelchair ramp that allows Perez easy access to enter the van. It also has a wheelchair tie-down system, quick release front seats and a lowered floor for maximum headroom that allows her son to stay in his wheelchair while being driven by his mom. Dominguez’s previous van would often break down and was unable to handle the weight of her son’s power chair, especially on rough roadways. “Road trips are much easier now,” she said. The family most recently attended a family reunion in their new wheelchair conversion van, something they were unable to do before.
“We are proud to provide wheelchair accessible solutions to improve the quality of life for others. In Martha’s case, being the VMI Claim Your Space Sweepstakes winner, the power in-floor ramp will assist her in providing more freedom and quality of life to her family,” said Doug Eaton, VMI president and CEO.
The check presentation will take place at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016 at United Access located at 3825 Osuna Rd, NE Suite 1 in Albuquerque.