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Sanger Family Needs Special Van to Get Around-- You Can Help!

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It's not easy for the Serrano family of Sanger to get out of the house together.

Trips to the park or a relative's birthday party -- that most families would consider easy – are tough.

"Its' like going to work, it's like a job," says Juan Serrano.

Serrano and his wife, Priscilla, have five children.

That alone, would make it sound like a production.

But things are complicated because three of Serrano's sons have a form of muscular dystrophy.

Two use wheelchairs.

Their daughter Haiely, has cerebral palsy.

"I put my body on the line to physically get these kids to go to the bathroom, help them have a regular day at school. I get up at four 30 in the morning," says Juan Serrano. "I'm the last to go to bed."

Serrano had worked as a cabinetmaker but had to quit his job to take care of his family.

His wife also has medical issues, including fybromyalgia, osteoporosis, and carpel tunnel syndrome.

She needs a walker to get around.

"I see my husband, at the end of the day, he's tired, he's complaining of back pain," she says.

The SUV that helps them get to and from medical appointments is borrowed.

It seats seven.

Wheelchairs take up space.

"Someone always has to stay behind," says Juan Serrano. "We'd rather not go nowhere. Either we all go, or we don't go."

The couple's 15-year-old son, Anthony, is healthy and strong.

He is his father's right-hand man.

"I help get them dressed, I get them into their wheelchairs, then wait for the bus to come get them. Then I get dressed and go to school," says Anthony, a student at Sanger High School.

The Serranos are finalists in the Mobility Solutions competition.

The family that gets the most votes wins a van with a wheelchair lift.

Right now, all the family's wheelchairs are manual.

They don't qualify for power chairs until the family can prove they have a way to get them around.

"They are growing up. They want to be independent. They want to be by themselves with their friends," says Juan Serrano.

So, one vehicle would mean endless possibilities.

Medical appointments made simple.

And less wear and tear on Serrano's body.

His wife wants them to be able to go out for a family dinner.

Maybe even take the kids on a family trip.

"If we don't win the van, maybe this will open opportunities," she says.

You can vote for the family by clicking here. You will be asked to register, then you can vote.

You can vote once a day.

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